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Remembering Frank Mankiewicz

Remembering Frank Mankiewicz

In the hard-boiled if fading world of print journalism, it's often said that the only way to look at a politician is down. And the worst crime of all is to work both sides of the street, doubling as a reporter while working for a pol, or vice versa.

But no reporter I ever met looked down onFrank Mankiewicz, who in a lifetime career of crossing back and forth between journalism and politics managed to bring honor, honesty, candor and wit to his work regardless of which side he was on. Frank, who died last week at 90, pulled off a string of accomplishments that made him trusted and welcomed wherever he toiled, and always in wry good humor.

He was a Californian born into...