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America's eyes and ears, and funnybone: Chris Erskine

America's eyes and ears, and funnybone: Chris Erskine

Sometimes what I think the Pulitzer committee is after, humor-wise, isn't just one epic exposé, as per last week's gem on rotten-tomato fights. It's a body of hard-hitting work. That's what leads me to this steamy parking garage in Burbank, looking for Deep Throat. My investigative partner is my buddy T-Bone (not his real name), who is also overdue for a Pulitzer, which is named — bet you didn't know this — for a St. Louis publisher responsible for some of the most exploitative journalism of all time. They used to call what Joseph Pulitzer did "yellow journalism" back in J-school, and this type of sensationalism was the harbinger (good...

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