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AP Memo/ Advisory On Quoting Greg Packer-[NY Times 'Tourist Guy' & DNC Fan Man on the Street]
Romenesko Media News Website ^ | June 16, 2003 | Jim Romenesko

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..

Kristin Gazlay

(Excerpt) Read more at poynter.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 100stoires; dnc; gregpacker; newyorktimes; quotemachine; touristguy
I think he was a DNC Hillary donor in 2000 as well.
1 posted on 06/16/2003 1:59:17 PM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Does this guy really exist? Does anyone know what he looks like, or where he lives?
2 posted on 06/16/2003 2:00:20 PM PDT by kesg
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To: kesg
We had like 10 pictures/articles from actual media on the last thread!
3 posted on 06/16/2003 2:02:03 PM PDT by ewing
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To: kesg
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/927766/posts
4 posted on 06/16/2003 2:04:26 PM PDT by ewing
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To: kesg

5 posted on 06/16/2003 2:08:11 PM PDT by ewing
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6 posted on 06/16/2003 2:09:49 PM PDT by ewing
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7 posted on 06/16/2003 2:12:14 PM PDT by ewing
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8 posted on 06/16/2003 2:14:27 PM PDT by ewing
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9 posted on 06/16/2003 2:17:08 PM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
We had like 10 pictures/articles from actual media on the last thread!

Obviously I didn't get the memo. :)

10 posted on 06/16/2003 2:21:53 PM PDT by kesg
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To: kesg
It was a classic thread..Packer is a dead match for this guy!


11 posted on 06/16/2003 2:25:03 PM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Yes, there is a definite resemblance.
12 posted on 06/16/2003 2:26:08 PM PDT by kesg
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To: ewing
ROFL!!
13 posted on 06/16/2003 2:26:54 PM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: ewing

Nope. This guy has a job.

14 posted on 06/16/2003 2:27:39 PM PDT by SquirrelKing (Beware the tyrrany of the urgent.)
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To: TX Bluebonnet
I wonder if Comic book guy fills potholes/mows lawns in his spare time
15 posted on 06/16/2003 2:28:36 PM PDT by ewing
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To: SquirrelKing
Greg has a job as well. He's a street maintenance guy in Manhattan.
16 posted on 06/16/2003 2:29:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SquirrelKing
I would classify a political patronage job with the city as employment either..
17 posted on 06/16/2003 2:29:53 PM PDT by ewing
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To: kesg
Yes, there is a definite resemblance.

Resemblance? Are you kidding me. They were obviously separated at birth.

18 posted on 06/16/2003 2:30:44 PM PDT by laredo44
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To: muawiyah
I think he moved to Long Island, how does he find the time to commute so often ?
19 posted on 06/16/2003 2:31:48 PM PDT by ewing
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To: muawiyah
Thank you Greg's lawyer.
20 posted on 06/16/2003 2:34:03 PM PDT by SquirrelKing (Beware the tyrrany of the urgent.)
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To: kesg
Has a sister named "Meat" and a brother named "Fudge".
21 posted on 06/16/2003 2:34:31 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: ewing
I would classify a political patronage job with the city as employment either..

That's it. He's the NYC mascot.

22 posted on 06/16/2003 2:36:53 PM PDT by SquirrelKing (Beware the tyrrany of the urgent.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Has a sister named "Meat" and a brother named "Fudge".

They both work in Hitlery's staff.

23 posted on 06/16/2003 2:38:03 PM PDT by SquirrelKing (Beware the tyrrany of the urgent.)
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To: ewing
Why didn't AP ask Greg Packer what he thinks of this memo about quoting him?
24 posted on 06/16/2003 2:38:18 PM PDT by DPB101 ("Will write favorable obits for sex"--New York Times obituary editor circa 1975.)
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To: laredo44
Vacation days (20)
Sick days
Personal days
+Whatever days
_______________
= 38 days a year!

Government union jobs

- With that gut at his age it would be interesting too see how much grass he cuts, potholes he fills, and his annual salary.

- Able to take off any day(s) without any advance notice...
25 posted on 06/16/2003 2:39:35 PM PDT by autoresponder (SOME CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH...)
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To: DPB101
ROTFLOL!
26 posted on 06/16/2003 2:40:21 PM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Also noticed some interesting tidbits in there about Jayson Blair's college career.
27 posted on 06/16/2003 2:42:17 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: gov_bean_ counter
He does look like a Jets/Giants fan too, doesn't he?
28 posted on 06/16/2003 2:50:00 PM PDT by kesg
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To: kesg
Rangers fan, definitely.
29 posted on 06/16/2003 2:54:22 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: ewing
I'll bet AP didn't notice this on their own.
30 posted on 06/16/2003 2:55:40 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Howlin; Greg Packer
Ping!

Greg Packer Alert!

31 posted on 06/16/2003 2:56:50 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: mewzilla
I wish I knew how to link to the thread that was going on with this guy the other day. It ranks right up there with the classics of all time.

It started out as an Ann Coulter article thread, if that helps in the search.

32 posted on 06/16/2003 2:59:16 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: ewing
We have Ann Coulter to thank of "outing" this lefti-mediahog.
33 posted on 06/16/2003 3:03:47 PM PDT by HardStarboard
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To: Tourist Guy
Did you know someone was trying to horn in on your gig?
34 posted on 06/16/2003 3:16:17 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: nutmeg
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35 posted on 06/16/2003 3:28:19 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: ewing
Wait a minute...am I to understand that this memo is actually blaming Packer? It's not their fault for quoting him...their lack of legitimacy is his fault.

Geez...Liberals.
36 posted on 06/16/2003 3:59:16 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: TontoKowalski
Here's the post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/927766/posts
37 posted on 06/16/2003 4:42:34 PM PDT by WL-law
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To: kesg
Does this guy really exist? Does anyone know what he looks like, or where he lives?

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.

-archy-/-

38 posted on 06/16/2003 6:00:42 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: mewzilla
Ya think?
39 posted on 06/16/2003 6:11:19 PM PDT by ewing
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To: VaBthang4
Interesting that AP blames Packer, not their own sloppy reportage..
40 posted on 06/16/2003 6:12:49 PM PDT by ewing
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To: HardStarboard
So does AP read Ann Coulter, or just read about the reaction on FR?
41 posted on 06/16/2003 6:14:01 PM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
See also, from the ORIGINAL thread:

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

QUICK LINKS: HOME | NEWS | OPINION | RIGHTPAGES | CHAT | WHAT'S NEW

townhall.com

True Grit
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:

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

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42 posted on 06/16/2003 6:21:19 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: ewing

Hi, I'm Troy McClure.... You might remember me as Greg Packer, from the New York Times' "Man on the street" series...

43 posted on 06/16/2003 7:50:37 PM PDT by csvset
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To: archy
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.

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.

44 posted on 06/16/2003 8:08:06 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (He Who Laughs Last Was Too Dumb To Figure out the Joke First)
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To: TontoKowalski; Howlin
Not to worry. I'll still find plenty of places to be first in line. Look for me at Steely Dan concerts.
45 posted on 06/17/2003 8:07:13 PM PDT by Greg Packer (Every single word of this tagline is FALSE)
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To: ewing
PERFECT! You beat me to it!
46 posted on 06/22/2003 3:28:29 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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