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Bill Steigerwald
Worked at writing "Dogging Steinbeck"
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Bill Steigerwald St Brian Lamb -- the only living one. Here from my interview I did with him in 2004: Q: Why did you start C-SPAN?

A: It's not what most people think it was. My interest in starting C-SPAN (in 1979) was that I thought that three commercial television networks controlling what we saw was unfortunate. I was angry about it, as a matter of fact. I kept saying to myself, "Why are we watching only three television networks? And the same newscast every night? And the same lead story and the same breaks for commercials?" When I first got in it, I said, "We need more information." It was that simple. I didn't feel strongly about covering the House of Representatives. That just turned out to be the vehicle with which we were able to start this place.

Q: At your National Press Club talk the other night you said you thought the American people really sought more "choice and freedom" in their lives. Is there a secret Brian Lamb who is really politically opinionated?

A: Yes. I have strong opinions about openness. I'm a small "d" democrat. I basically said it at that press club speech that I feel very strongly in the First Amendment and that it's absolute and it's the only thing that really keeps us free, because I've watched politicians hoard information and control information, and control our access to information. It's the only chance we have of being different than other places. There are democracies all over the world. Lots of countries have democracies. There are very few that have the strong First Amendment that we have. I guess I feel so strongly that people who don't understand the First Amendment or the value of it would miss it if their side or their ox is being gored.


And my marketing VP, Bill Steigewald, says let's not forget the interview Lamb kindly did with me on CSPAN's Q&A last March, which sold 300 copies of my Gillespie-touted, Reason-boosted literary expose, Dogging Steinbeck.

 http://www.c-span.org/video/?310765-1/qa-bill-steigerwald
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Why, except in the liberally biased world of journalism, is having a spotty record with unions a bad thing? When the Nuremberg Journalism Trials are held to determine who is most responsible for the decline and near-death of newspapers, one of the parties that will be judged most guilty will be unions. (The other guilty parties will be digitally clueless, smug management and greedy publishers who held on to their 18 percent net profit margins too long; Evil Amazon's net profit for 2012, by the way, was -.15 percent.)
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Because, Bill, without unions workers would have no leverage at all in bargaining for better working conditions, living wages, health insurance, retirement benefits and other things that actual human beings need and should be a part of any civilized society.  Corporations, on the other hand, are not people and do not have these needs, but without the balance of union bargaining power, have all the power in setting the rules.  You can say "go get another job if you don't like it", but that is not always an option for everyone.  Not everyone has every skill for every job, and not everyone can simply relocate to where the latest boom is taking place.  That's not liberal, Bill, that's just common sense, something today's conservatives sorely lack.  But if you want to label having common sense and a healthy concern for human beings "liberal", then fine, call me a liberal.  I'm happy with that label if that is what it means.
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I, Bill Steigerwald, love this, for obvious reasons. If I only knew what the Great Geert Mak was saying about me.
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  • writing "Dogging Steinbeck"
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Bill Steigerwald is the author of "Dogging Steinbeck," an Amazon ebook that exposed the fictions and lies John Steinbeck put in his classic "Travels With Charley."
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 Bill is a seasoned ex-newspaper journalist and libertarian commentator/reporter who worked for the LA Times in the 1980s, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the 1990s and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in the '00s. 
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"Dogging Steinbeck" forced Penguin Group to admit -- after 50 years -- that "Travels With Charley" was not a work of nonfiction but was so heavily fictionalized that it should not be taken literally. That's why Steigerwald called it "a literary fraud."
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