A discussion with Marvin Kalb and Ted Koppel around Kalb’s new book, Enemy of the People.

This afternoon, I watched an insightful conversation hosted by Carnegie President William J. Burns It was an hour of discussion at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on troubling trends for press freedom—and for democracy itself. I highly recommend watching it.

It’s a video of the conversation between Pulitzer Center senior advisor Marvin Kalb and award-winning journalist Ted Koppel as they explore themes in Kalb’s book, Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, The New McCarthyism, and The Threat to American Democracy.

Their conversation doesn’t solve any of our country’s current issues, but it does present a hell of a lot of insightful context around the concept and history of the phrase: “enemy of the people”—context that two, old white guys can present best because they are—simply—two, old white journalists. They’re highly educated and they know their turf, even if they don’t quite equate today’s “metrics” with the Neilson Ratings of their (and my generation).

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By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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