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Robert Scheer

Robert ScheerBorn: 4-Apr-1936
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Columnist, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Former L.A. Times columnist

Ultraliberal newspaper columnist Robert Scheer was a long-time fixture at the Los Angeles Times. Back in the 1960s, he edited the legendary Socialist magazine Ramparts. In 1970 Scheer was part of a delegation to North Korea, after which he spread the word about the wonders of Communism. According to Ronald Radosh's autobiography:

For over two hours, Scheer talked and talked about the paradise he had seen during a recent visit to North Korea, about the greatness of Kim Il Sung, about the correct nature of his so-called Juche ideology -- evidently a word embodying Kim's redefinition of Marxism-Leninism in building Communism against all obstacles and with the entire world in opposition... At one point, I asked him incredulously: "Bob, do you really believe this crap?" Scheer responded with complete earnestness that he did -- that Kim had charted out a path that other nations could and should take as an example of the art of the possible.

Today Scheer denies ever having idolized the North Korean dictator.

Father: frederick Scheer
Mother: Ida Kuran
Wife: Anne Weills (divorced)
Wife: Narda Catharine Zacchino
Girlfriend: Jane Fonda

    High School: Christopher Columbus High School, Bronx, NY
    University: BA Economics, City College of New York
    University: Syracuse University
    University: University of California at Berkeley
    University: Yale University
    University: Stanford University

    The Los Angeles Times Contributing Editor
    The Los Angeles Times National Correspondent (1976-93)
    The Nation Contributing Editor
    Ramparts Editor-in-Chief (1964-69)
    Fair Play for Cuba Committee
    Traveled to North Korea 1970
    German Ancestry Paternal
    Russian Ancestry Maternal
    Jewish Ancestry Maternal

    The Siege (6-Nov-1998) · Capitol Week Pundit
    Bulworth (15-May-1998) · Journalist

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