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By Rebecca Smith, John R. Emshwiller

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Emshwiller spent a lot of time chatting with sources that Smith felt could never pass any sort of cost-benefit analysis. Bernie Glatzer was the archetype, someone who might eventually produce some kernel of something useful—or might never. To Smith, who was under constant pressure to keep current with the activities of a few dozen companies, cultivating random sources was a luxury she could not afford. From the time she had begun covering energy in 1995, she was intent on chronicling an industry as it shed a century of often inept regulation and began to apply market principles to the selling of electricity.

Emshwiller mulled his options for the assignment. It didn’t take long. He didn’t have Skilling’s home phone number and knew only one person at Enron—Mark Palmer, Enron’s media chief. So he called Palmer and left a message. Emshwiller had last talked with Enron’s chief spokesman in late May in connection with an interview he’d done with California attorney general Bill Lockyer. Like other top state officials, Lockyer firmly believed that big power traders, especially Enron, were using the deregulation mess to illegally rip billions of dollars out of the pockets of Californians.

It doesn’t jibe with the official explanation,” Emshwiller needled back. Palmer seemed surprised, almost stunned, by the remarks that Skilling had given to the Journal. The public relations vice president reminded the reporter about how just two days earlier, the Enron president had publicly and repeatedly proclaimed that he was leaving for personal reasons. It didn’t make sense that Skilling’s explanation for resigning would seemingly change so drastically in twenty-four hours. Emshwiller could hardly disagree.

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