Hard-hitting investigative journalist James Ridgeway dies at 84

Feb 14, 2021 Travel News

Hard-hitting investigative journalist James Ridgeway dies at 84

In 1970, Mr. Ridgeway’s book, “The Politics of Ecology,” accused America’s major polluters – industries that burn coal, gas, and oil – of undermining environmental and consumer groups who seek to protect the environment. ecology, in a plan to control the country’s natural environment. resources and dominate global energy markets.

John Leonard, in a Times review, called it “a fine, difficult and indispensable book,” adding sarcasm: “There is also money to be made in pollution control systems, a potential market. $ 25 billion, but only as long as the polluters continue to pollute, passing the cost of control systems on to the taxpayer. “

After releasing “Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of a New White Culture” (1991), Mr. Ridgeway wrote, produced and directed a documentary, “Blood in the Face” , using archive footage and interviews to expose far-right hate groups. A revised and expanded edition of the book is due for publication in June.

In 1992, he co-produced and co-directed “Feed,” filming presidential candidates who looked silly as they practiced smiling and looking upbeat before the TV cameras went live: the President George HW Bush appears vacant, Bill Clinton cursing himself for crying, Ross Perot telling a racy story.

“Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry” (1996) took Mr. Ridgeway and photographer Sylvia Plachy to a realm of prostitutes, porn directors, strippers, topless dancers and other workers. sex, including a dominatrix. Publishers Weekly said the book found a sex trade “loaded with exhausted male fantasies of a pre-feminist world” where “contact with another human body is increasingly being replaced by electronically enhanced onanism.”

James Fowler Ridgeway was born in Auburn, NY on November 1, 1936, the eldest of two sons of George and Florence (Fowler) Ridgeway. Her father was a faculty historian at Wells College, a private liberal arts school in Aurora, New York. During World War II, the family lived in Washington, where Professor Ridgeway was a British Affairs Specialist at the State Department.