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Pearlman: 'Press conferences suck'

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DietCoke, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. DietCoke

    DietCoke Member

    It will be interesting to see what readers think about a sports writer "whining" about having a privileged seat inside the circus:


    I can only tell you that it is a painfully horrific and soul-sucking experience, akin to coating one’s own body in cheese spread, then unleashing 532 rats.
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    He's still right.
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    531 rats, that I can take. But 532??
  4. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    Maybe a PR person who plans press conferences for a living will go to Jeff's house and ask him if that's what he really meant
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I was prepared to hit him for the "whinyness for getting to do something many would give a week's pay for," but I agree: Hard to argue, and it was brief enough that it didn't wear on you too much, like "enough already."
  6. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Did I miss something with that Villanova press conference? Because, boy, I've endured worse than what I just watched there.
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I was at a Fourth of July BBQ a year or two ago, and a friend said: "So why'd you leave the daily beat?"

    I told him basically everything Pearlman wrote here. And I said, "I know, I know. Dream job."

    And he said: "Fuck that. That seems like the most boring thing in the world. I don't think it's glamorous at all."

    I wanted to hug the guy.

    I talked to someone who covers a major, major government beat for the New York Times, and he told me that the press conference/pack reporting that goes on there is just as soul-sucking.
  8. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Somebody tell Jeff being an out of work journalist sucks, too.
  9. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    The overall point is fine, I suppose.

    But I want to pose this question because, to some extent, I always found it sociologically interesting: Do you or did you ever get perturbed by the reporters whose questions were *always* too good for the press conference, the ones who needed an aside after nearly every presser?
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Should out-of-work steelworkers also be required to rhapsodize about how great their gig was?

    I don't think that Pearlman meant any disrespect. There are good and bad aspects to every job. I remember being single and lonely after break-ups. But I still realized that there were aspects of the relationship I didn't like.
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Yes. A thousand times yes.
  12. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    I didn't so much, but I'm the kind of person who takes up other people's causes, so I put a fly in this reporter's ointment for about three straight weeks, requesting a simultaneous aside with them to ask the same kinds of middlebrow, extraneous questions they were. Problem solved. And it was a problem, in the sense that the coach was beginning to reserve even OK answers for the "second interview," which meant other folks were missing out for their lack of selfishness.
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