JUMP! – Get Unstuck, © 2010, Robert S. Tipton, All Rights Reserved, Alden-Swain Press

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Chapter 4:

The Muckraker

Wednesday: About 10:00 a.m. EST
(New York City)


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“Do we have any other families lined up? Preferably some with kids who have big eyes—and with something special in their story? Terminally ill parents would be a great angle.”

She was running through her mental list of story preparation notes, towing her entourage of junior staff hangers-on in her wake. Marissa Grant, the host of The Grant Report, a nationally-syndicated cable “news” show, was fully into her attack mode, sensing that the story at Falcon was far bigger than even she could imagine, and she had a powerful imagination.

A particularly intense member of the entourage blurted enthusiastically, “Let’s see . . . yes! There’s Angela Liu, a high school senior from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Falcon Family for nine years now. Beautiful girl! She’ll look great on camera. Daughter of Liu Tao and Liu Ping who emigrated from the Jiangxi region in China when Angela was just a baby. Father diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer a few months back. Mother had to quit working to care for him. No health insurance; family is basically surviving on handouts and government assistance.”

“Jiangxi. Isn’t that where that earthquake happened—lots of kids killed while in school—back in 2004 or 2005? Fantastic images. Big story.”

Before anyone on her team could answer her, she was on to the next detail.

“Brain cancer. Inoperable. Big debts. I’m guessing they need the health benefits from Falcon, and Angela’s status gives her a virtual guarantee of six- figure employment opportunities when she graduates. They’ll be suffering pretty badly if Falcon fails, won’t they?”

Again, another rhetorical question.

“Get her story. Now! If it’s everything I think it might be, I’d like to go meet her—with a full production crew, of course.”
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JUMP! – Get Unstuck, © 2010, Robert S. Tipton, All Rights Reserved, Alden-Swain Press