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Kurt Loder  On Himself


KURT'S CAREER HISTORY

...I just fell into this. I worked for a newspaper in Europe for, I lived in Europe for about seven years, so I worked in this sort of a yellow journalism kind of a thing, it was like a scandal sheet. But it was very good, it was actually centered on the Army, it was trying to expose the Army in the military. So it was great. So you could travel all over Europe. So that was like basic journalism. I came over here and worked for rock magazines, and I worked for Rolling Stone, which has a very high standard of journalism, a very good research department. That was just invaluable experience. And I was there for about nine years, and then somebody called me up from MTV and said, "Would you be interested in doing this?" and I figured, "Why not?" And at the time they had some little news thing going on, but it wasn't very rigorous. So over time it's become more rigorous.


THOUGHTS ON JOURNALISM SCHOOL

I was in college for two years, and just hated it in the '60s. I really hated. And I got out, and it was during the time of the Vietnam war, and I was going to be drafted, so I joined to go to journalism school. So my entire journalism background is four weeks, provided by the Army journalism school. That's it. Nothing else.

You can learn journalism in four weeks. It's not an overcomplicated thing. It's very, very simple. And I can't imagine stretching it out into four years, but I'm told that's done.


ETHICS, FRIENDSHIP, AND POLITICS

Yeah, you always have that problem. You shouldn't make friends. It's not a good thing to be friends with people you're covering. There's just no point in doing it. It's tempting, but they're not going to consider you their friend anyway. They just know that you're somebody that can do something for them. So you shouldn't really flatter yourself that they want to be your buddy. They don't. Generally. They want you for some reason or other, and you just have to fend that off all the time. And you can't really cover people critically that you're friends with. How would that work? That would be bad. So you always have to keep that in mind, you always have to keep politics in mind, that your political orientation is not the be all and end all. And that's very important, too, 'cause a lot of people just assume everyone's a Democrat, or everyone's a Republican or whatever, and they're not. And that's a really important thing to adhere to.

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