Last week I was approached by New Haven Magazine. They wanted to interview me for a story.
Was I flattered? Sure.
Of course there are always nagging worries. Why exactly me? I don’t want to be like Dr. Joyce Brothers, emergency guest when all else fails.
I asked who else had been featured.
- Roya Hakakian, author, Iranian ex pat.
- C. Megan Urry, chair Yale Physics Dept.
- Hugh Keefe, leading defense attorney
- Jonathan Rothberg, scientist entrepreneur
- Peyton Patterson, CEO
I don’t belong anywhere near that list. Speaking to me is the journalistic equivalent of slumming!
Tonight, New Haven Magazine’s publisher Mitch Young and photographer Steve Blazo, came by.
I always worry how to answer a reporter’s questions? I’m not interested in towing the company line, but I don’t want to tick off my bosses either. Anyway, everyone can tell when you’re bullshitting to stay politically correct. Who needs that?
Years ago, we had an anchor at the station who was often quoted saying outlandish, foolish or even stupid things. I suppose she was sought out once reporters realized she made for good copy¹.
She’d write it all off to being misquoted, but if you read the words and closed your eyes, you could see her saying them!
One question tonight came out of left field. Mitch asked, in light of Keith Olbermann’s move from sports to news, whether I’d like to make the transition to anchor? Keith Olbermann is not your typical TV anchorman. His career, though on the upswing now, has not been without setbacks and hardship.
I find what Olbermann, Lou Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly and a few others do very interesting. Their job demands a skill set different from those employed by a totally impartial anchor. They also work within a structure different from conventional, and impartial, TV journalism.
I don’t think local news will be moving in that direction anytime soon, so the point is moot. It was still interesting to think about. It’s a choice I won’t have to make in real life.
I’ll let you know when the article is published… unless it’s incredibly embarrassing.
¹ – Don’t ask. I will never tell. However, your guess is probably correct.