Saturday, July 24, 2010

Daniel Schorr, Journalist, Dies At 93


According to The New York Times obituary, Daniel Schorr was denied readmission into the Soviet Union because of his disregard for the Soviet censors, and he was #17 on Nixon's "enemies list" because of his reporting of the Watergate scandal.

Schorr discovered that "Follow the money," was never uttered by Deep Throat; it was actually written by the script writer for the movie! Alicia Sheppard recounts Schorr's efforts to find that infamous phrase in Woodward and Bernstein's book.

A former research assistant of Schorr talks about the invaluable lessons that he took from working with him. Guy Raz, now the host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, said that it is because of Schorr that he now believes that to practice journalism, there must be that "demand for excellence and accuracy and fairness and nuance and [the] kind of unwillingness to just take things for face value."

Good friends with Frank Zappa, Schorr was invited onstage to sing at his concert in 1988. He was, frankly, terrible.

Schorr would also sing German opera and Marx Brothers nonsense songs and Edith Piaf before going on air. Please read NPR's Scott Simon's tribute to the end.

(Photo: Schorr works at a press table during the Watergate hearings on June 1, 1973, while on assignment for CBS News. CREDIT: Gjon Mili//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)