At the risk of getting kicked off a media query list, I just have to share this call for a subject of an interview. Here is the pitch, verbatim (minus the name and email of the soliciting reporter, so as to keep myself on this valuable list).
Summary: Tea Party character for cable newsName: XXXXXX (top-tier outlet)Category: GeneralEmail: XXXXXMedia Outlet: top-tier outletDeadline: 07:00 PM EST – 14 OctoberQuery: A national cable news show is looking for a tea party protester for a discussion on grassroots movements and political rallies. Are you passionate about tea party ideals? Have you been inspired to dress as a Colonial American to show your patriotism at rallies? We want to hear from you.
I’ll bet this “top-teir” cable news outlet does (and I’d be shocked if the network this person works for didn’t rhyme with MSLSD). A blatant call for a Tea Party “character” to come on the air. Shameless. But there is good news in this query.
First, if a cable news producer is putting out a call for someone to come on the air dressed in wacky Colonial garb, it shows how “mainstream” the Tea Party movement really is. Here’s a producer for (I’m guessing) a lefty media outlet who has convinced himself that the Tea Party folks are mostly nut-jobs (and probably racist). So as the election nears, he pitches a story to his boss about getting someone wearing a goofy outfit on the air — all the better to embarass the poor sap, as well as tar the whole Tea Party as a fringe movement peopled by the kind of folks one tries to avoid on the street.
But, to his dismay, he discovers that he can’t just swing a dead cat in a red state and hit a “teabagger” who likes to dress in tights and a tri-cornered hat. So, he has to use a media story-pitch service to draw one out.
The second piece of good news is that the chances of a Tea Party supporter — let alone one with a “Colonial American” outfit hanging in his closet — seeing this solicitation is very low. It’s on a message board/email service used by journalists and those who seek to be sources for journalists as part of their profession.
To be honest, I was thinking of answering this query myself. Alas, my Thomas Paine outfit is at the cleaners. My chance at fame and glory dashed!