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Show some respect, Sen. Warren

This excerpt from a New York Times article about Elizabeth Warren bothered me when I saw it last night:

"Ms. Warren cuts an imperious swath through the Capitol, striding down hallways, her jewel-toned jacket swaying behind her, refusing to speak to or even make eye contact with reporters. Small talk with elevator operators and other staff? Not her style. "

Look: I understand disdain for the press. I really do. But while it's easy for us to get distracted by the egos of national superstar reporters and think they're all like that to some extent, many others don't seek the spotlight and are simply trying to get the story straight. They deserve a modicum of courtesy. As for ignoring people like elevator operators and staff, that's flat-out rude and disrespectful.

I like and respect Elizabeth Warren and her work. But I like her and respect her a little bit less today.


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Jun. 10th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Warren was a bit of a hero until I read this. I understand being weary of the press, but my distrust as a reporter and citizen of public figures explodes when they refuse to talk to the people paid to hold them accountable. And imperiousness is personal pet peeve...ugh.
Jun. 10th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
Just FYI from the perspective of a former CNN employee: The 24 hour news cycle means that the networks have reporters there 24/7 howling for The Next Soundbite. If I was an elected official, I'd take the Tough Shit approach too.

The media is like a 2 year old throwing a tantrum All The Time. I should know.
Jun. 10th, 2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
We could go back and forth on this, but I made my point and you made yours, so our exchange was Fair and Balanced. (Sorry—I couldn't resist!) But treating elevator operators and staffers the same way is Not Cool. And granted, my reaction is based on a couple of paragraphs in just one story, and those grafs may have been misleading or even reflected personal bias. (I was more perturbed by the end of the story than I was by what I cited.) In the end, though, you have insights I don't have, and I respect that. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Jun. 10th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
A little civility is needed and you reap what you sow. I didn't know this side of the Senator.
Thank you
Jun. 10th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Civility
Civility is increasingly a lost art, isn't it?

Edited at 2016-06-10 11:51 pm (UTC)
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