Just got this e-mail:
there,My name is Jen
Parsons, I’m with Ketchum PR.I wanted to see if
you’re doing any profiles on Tim Geithner. We work with
Keith Bergelt, the CEO of Open Invention Network, and
he worked with Geithner in the early 90’s while they were in Tokyo. Keith can
offer some good insight into Geithner’s work style, career ambition,
etc.Let me know if you’d
like to chat with Keith.
Now, that’s service for you. Unfortunately, I don’t even know what I’d ask Geithner himself if I were to have a few minutes of his time. For me, the broad, high-altitude overview Obama provided today regarding economic policy was way more detail than I need.
So no, I don’t need to talk to somebody who just used to work with Geithner.
When I receive a shotgun release like that, especially on Thanksgiving week — when we tend to be more shorthanded even than the skeleton crew we normally have, and I’m cranking as hard as I can with routine, boring tasks that you do NOT want to hear about, just getting the pages out, without even thinking about interviewing or writing, even about subjects I know something about, much less the new Treasury secretary, I find myself wondering whether people who send out releases like that have the slightest idea what’s going on out here in newspaperland. The answer comes quickly: Probably not.
Sorry about the length of that sentence. I didn’t have time to write short ones.