|Date:||June 8, 2005 / year-entry #145|
|Summary:||Occasionally, in a news story, the reporter will ask for comments or opinion from a passer-by (nicknamed "the man on the street"). Greg Packer has created a second career as that man. In the last 10 years, he's been quoted at least a dozen times by the New York Post. He's been quoted at least...|
Occasionally, in a news story, the reporter will ask for comments or opinion from a passer-by (nicknamed "the man on the street"). Greg Packer has created a second career as that man.
It got so bad that the Associated Press issued an internal memo instructing reporters not to talk to the guy any more!
That story from On the Media reminded me of a related incident back when the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was building. The New York Times sent a reporter to cover the people who had been waiting in line for months. The first person interviewed is Sangay Kumar, who claims to have flown in from Bombay just to see the movie.
A friend of mine read the article and started laughing.
Because my friend knows Mr. Kumar, who it turns out is not actually from Bombay. He's from Baltimore. He was just waiting in line with everybody else and saw a reporter coming and decided to put on a campy Indian accent and make up a nutty story. And the reporter bought it.
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