There is little worse you can do to the younger generation than to deny a Facebook friend request....So when the Times' political scribe got rebuffed by Congressional hopeful Kellie Greene and then told by Ms. Greene he is not welcome at her events....well that may have been too much for Brian Amaral.
Obviously Ms. Greene is not satisfied with the Times' coverage of her. Frankly, I don't think the media has spurned her. Coverage is, in the end, going to be commensurate with how legitimate the press thinks the effort is. That is usually measured by money and endorsements, easily quantifiable and written about.
As for dealing with obstreperous, snarky, and self indulged journalists, I learned some lessons long ago (I used to be one)...Charm and respect for their job works better than outrage over their real or perceived slights and prejudices.
As for Mr. Amaral, who now occasionally sports a Fort Pearl t-shirt, I was warned early about him and he singed me in covering an event last spring.
I sensed he came to my race with a dossier about me as a wily and unprincipled interloper who somehow had picked the lock on the safe of respectable, God fearing politicians. I also sensed a desire to keep his boss happy.
So I was always available and avuncular. Always willing to talk politics and journalism. Careful to be sure, but not anxious to shut the reporter out since his words did shape at least a portion of the race I was in.
Feeding the beast sometimes means you will get nipped, but not feeding it will send the beast elsewhere and he will take his audience with him.
That's why former journalists like Seymour, Reagen, Compo and yes, yours truly are to be watched carefully in politics. We know too much about the game.
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