Skip to comments.AP Memo/ Advisory On Quoting Greg Packer-[NY Times 'Tourist Guy' & DNC Fan Man on the Street]
Posted on 06/16/2003 1:59:17 PM PDT by ewing
News Organization: Associated Press
To: News Editors/ Correspondents USA
The world is full of all kinds of interesting people.
One of them is Greg Packer a [Contsruction Worker] from Huntington, NY who apparently lives to get his name on the Associated Press Wire and in other media.
A Nexis search turned up 100 mentions in various publications. And that is just a handful of the stories. He shows up in AP Broadcast actualities and in one APTN piece.
Mr. Packer is clearly eager to be quoted. Let's be eager too--to find other people to quote.
So far, he is apparently just attending East Coast events. But it is not out of the realm of possibility that he will someday show up in your town, first in line somehwere..
(Excerpt) Read more at poynter.org ...
Obviously I didn't get the memo. :)
Nope. This guy has a job.
Resemblance? Are you kidding me. They were obviously separated at birth.
That's it. He's the NYC mascot.
They both work in Hitlery's staff.
Greg Packer Alert!
It started out as an Ann Coulter article thread, if that helps in the search.
I suspect he bears a very strong resemblance to Victor Frisbee, frequently quoted in the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner around New Years Day/ Rose Bowl Parade story time.
True Grit: I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying...
TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2003 | by Ann Coulter
Posted on 06/11/2003 9:20 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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Ann Coulter (back to web version)
June 12, 2003
I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling, "What do you mean? What are you saying? Why are the Clintons back again?"
Interviewing Hillary Clinton last Sunday night about her book Living History, ABC's Barbara Walters began with such hardball questions as:
- "Are you a saint?"
- "[Is it] tougher than being first lady, being a senator?"
- "You know, you have been working on so many bills with Republicans. ... How do you turn old enemies into allies? ... I mean, no hard feelings?"
- "How do you get on with this?"
- "There were the accusations that [your husband] was a womanizer." I believe a DNA test revealed that they were more than accusations. "How'd you deal with it?"
Hillary dealt with it. Hillary is a survivor. As Walters said, Living History is a "wife's deeply personal account of being betrayed in front of the entire world." In fact, it was so deeply personal, it took several ghostwriters to get it right.
Walters brazenly probed the question on everyone's mind: How could Hillary be so brave, so strong, so downright wonderful? As Walters recounted, once our brave heroine even lived in Arkansas! Summarizing Hillary's sacrifice, Walters said: "You were young. You were smart. You had a future in Washington. But you gave it up to be with Bill Clinton, to move to Arkansas. ... Why on earth would you throw away your future?" Admittedly, even Bill Clinton couldn't wait to get out of Arkansas. Manhattanites cannot conceive of a greater hardship.
Walters also astutely observed that "in addition to being first lady, you're a mother." Will Hillary's mind-boggling feats never end? Usually such phony liberal amazement at the staggering heroism of women ends with the woman drowning all her children.
Describing interviews like these, New York Times television reviewer Alessandra Stanley said that Hillary was finally able to show her "grit, an outsize will and discipline that has nothing to do with gender." This, Ms. Stanley said, was a welcome change from Hillary's more recognized role as "an emblem of the modern female condition." So on one hand, Hillary has grit and determination. But on the other hand, she is a living, breathing icon. It's good to see the New York Times really going the extra mile to give both sides these days.
In "her" book, "Hillary" explains that the story of how Nelson Mandela forgave his jailers inspired her to forgive Bill for his infidelity. OK, but they locked up Mandela only once. Revealing more about herself than Hillary, Ms. Stanley claims that "millions of women have forgiven far worse of philandering husbands." Far worse? Really? No wonder liberal women hate men so much.
If you credit news reports, the public can't get enough of Hillary. The crush of ordinary people buying Hillary's book seems baffling in light of recent polls. According to an ABC poll, 48 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of Hillary, 53 percent of Americans don't want Hillary to ever run for president, and 7 percent of Americans have been date-raped by Bill Clinton.
First in line for Hillary's book at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center on Sunday night was Charles Greinsky, who told the New York Daily News he rushed out at midnight to get one of the first books because he supported Hillary's health-care plan. A few years ago, the Associated Press identified Greinsky more fully. It turns out he is "a longtime Clinton campaigner" from Staten Island, who has been the Clintons' guest several times both at the White House and at their home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
Lining up at midnight to buy Hillary's book is street theater for liberals. I suppose shelling out $30 to support the concept of Hillary is less dangerous than the pernicious nonsense liberals usually fund. Hillary has already gotten a record $8 million advance from Simon & Schuster for the book the most anyone has ever received for rewriting history. Hillary's acolytes could buy enough copies of her book to rebuild the World Trade Center, and she's not going to pocket more than that.
Another average individual eager to get Hillary's book was Greg Packer, who was the centerpiece of the New York Times' "man on the street" interview about Hillary-mania. After being first in line for an autographed book at the Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble, Packer gushed to the Times: "I'm a big fan of Hillary and Bill's. I want to change her mind about running for president. I want to be part of her campaign."
It was easy for the Times to spell Packer's name right because he is apparently the entire media's designated "man on the street" for all articles ever written. He has appeared in news stories more than 100 times as a random member of the public. Packer was quoted on his reaction to military strikes against Iraq; he was quoted at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Veterans' Day Parade. He was quoted at not one but two New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square. He was quoted at the opening of a new "Star Wars" movie, at the opening of an H&M clothing store on Fifth Avenue and at the opening of the viewing stand at Ground Zero. He has been quoted at Yankees games, Mets games, Jets games even getting tickets for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He was quoted at a Clinton fund-raiser at Alec Baldwin's house in the Hamptons and the pope's visit to Giants stadium.
Are all reporters writing their stories from Jayson Blair's house? Whether or not it will help her presidential ambitions, Living History definitely positions Hillary nicely for a job as a reporter.
Ann Coulter is host of AnnCoulter.org, a TownHall.com member group.
©2003 Universal Press Syndicate
Hi, I'm Troy McClure.... You might remember me as Greg Packer, from the New York Times' "Man on the street" series...
The funny thing is that the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner used to quote me too. At first they would just publish my letters to them about once per week (I have a scrapbook full of them). Then they used to call me up for my opinions on different events such as a Reagan State Of The Union address. Finally they began publshing articles I sent them about twice a month. At that point I started syndicating out my own humor stories (and became a regular in the Houston Chronicle Texas Magazine section among other places). So I can't flame Greg Packer too much since I sort of did the same thing at one time. But at least I wrote polished articles in addition to supplying pithy quotes.