With thanks to TDW

Dateline: Fri 04 Aug 2006

For all you baby journalists and old burnouts, an original poem sent my way by the vivacious Jennifer Wagner of Taking Down Words.

She's another Star refugee, a survivor, a tough cookie, and she knows the lay of the land...

"First they came for the extra pens and notepads

but I did not speak out because I had enough pens and notepads to get by.

Then they came for the free coffee

but I did not speak out because I drink tea.

Then they came for the traditional newsroom ethics

but I did not speak out because I needed my job.

Then they came for my soul,

but I was too defeated to protest."

FYI, the day I left, a very fine reporter said to me, truth to power: "Hey when you turn in your badge at security, be sure to get your soul back."

Contact me at ruth@ruthholladay.com

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