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Old 09-23-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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Default Your Reaction To The Laughter about G-20 summit

I know you've all by now seen the press conference back in May when WH Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Pittsburgh as the next location for the G-20 summit. There was laughter by many journalist in the room when Pittsburgh was announced as the next location. How did you all feel about that disrespect? Was it expected, or were you alarmed by it? Do you all (Pittsburgh residents) believe that this is yet another example of the media only believing that three locations (DC, NYC & LA) are the only locations in the U.S. that matter?
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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What do you expect from a government worker? He probably thinks steel is our #1 employer.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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How did you all feel about that disrespect?
Nothing.

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Was it expected, or were you alarmed by it?
You clearly don't know Pittsburghers any better than those journalists!

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Do you all (Pittsburgh residents) believe that this is yet another example of the media only believing that three locations (DC, NYC & LA) are the only locations in the U.S. that matter?
Not at all.

I think it's just another example of how hard it is for a city to lose a negative image.

It's not like those jouralists are the first or last people of any profession or nationality to be misinformed about Pittsburgh.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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What do you expect from a government worker? He probably thinks steel is our #1 employer.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I think everyone rolls their eyes when we read an article about Pittsburgh that starts out with "Contrary to what you might think, Pittsburgh isn't entirely a sh*thole!" Most people have a terrible preconception of what Pittsburgh is like, and that usually changes once they see it for themselves.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh's 'EAST SIDE'
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Was it expected, or were you alarmed by it? Do you all (Pittsburgh residents) believe that this is yet another example of the media only believing that three locations (DC, NYC & LA) are the only locations in the U.S. that matter?
I didn't care, one way or the other, about their reactions...
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:37 PM
 
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Do you all (Pittsburgh residents) believe that this is yet another example of the media only believing that three locations (DC, NYC & LA) are the only locations in the U.S. that matter?
Pretty much. Their pejorative term is "flyover country", and even if some of them aren't quite that explicitly dismissive, it is how they have been taught to think.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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....and even if some of them aren't quite that explicitly dismissive, it is how they have been taught to think.
I know quita few journalists. I'm even related to some. They are a very snobby group. They have a lot of nerve calling anyone elitist.
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:16 PM
 
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I know quita few journalists. I'm even related to some. They are a very snobby group. They have a lot of nerve calling anyone elitist.
I honestly think a lot of it has to do with much of their success being based on their ability to suck up to other elites (aka their "sources"). After a while, you are either going to internalize the smoke you have been blowing, or quit the profession, so what is left is a bunch of elitists.

What I find most hilarious is how in their pundit role, they love to talk about how ordinary people will react to events. Like they would have a clue.

By the way, this is all in reference to journalists for major outlets doing things like covering the White House beat. It may not apply to other journalists (although I do think the sucking up to the elites issue is a frequent problem in journalism).
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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I honestly think a lot of it has to do with much of their success being based on their ability to suck up to other elites (aka their "sources"). After a while, you are either going to internalize the smoke you have been blowing, or quit the profession, so what is left is a bunch of elitists.
I've seen many new journalists with that attitude too. It doesn't matter if they're covering the White House or some small town. Most come out of college that way.

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What I find most hilarious is how in their pundit role, they love to talk about how ordinary people will react to events. Like they would have a clue.
Out of touch with an agenda to spin.

If the OP is a journalist looking for a story, the OP will probably write that we were highly offended or continue looking until he/she finds Pittsburghers who say they were.

There's so much less interest in finding the truth, and more interest in finding people or facts to validate their own preconceived opinion or story angle.
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