October 30, 2013

Greg Packer: The Most Quoted Man in News

According to a 2002 article about Packer,

"He was first in the line to see ground zero when the viewing platform opened at the World Trade Center site December 30, 2001. He was the first in line in 1997 to sign the condolence book at the British consulate when Princess Diana died. He slept outside in the snow in Washington, D.C. in January 2001 to be the first in line to greet President George W. Bush after his inauguration." His quotes have ranged from the expression of common sentiments, such as "It's a day for happiness and to be together", regarding a St. Patrick's Day parade, to colorful statements such as his opinion of a New York Yankees game played on Yom Kippur: "There's no way the Yankees will lose, but if they do, they will certainly have something to atone for." -- Greg Packer / La Wik


Moonbat. It's what's for dinner.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at October 30, 2013 4:02 PM
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They have a "film Critic" guy that makes up good reviews for piss poor movies as well.

Posted by: --- at October 30, 2013 5:39 PM

His first quote was an accomplishment. Who says NYers don't have high standards?

Reporters will take the easy way out, read any quote and you will see how simple, stupid and meaningless the quotes are. They want a quote, not a quality quote.

Posted by: Potsie at October 31, 2013 6:50 AM

I can't find it in my archives but I found and wrote about an expose done that showed newspapers have go-to "man on the street" people they turn to, usually friends and associates working in the same building for quotes. These are always presented as just being an average member of the public.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at October 31, 2013 2:19 PM