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Date Posted: 21:23:47 03/30/16 Wed
Author: Onlooker
Subject: Re: DK's grandstanding
In reply to: Come clean 's message, "DK's grandstanding" on 14:53:18 03/28/16 Mon

I surmise that Come Clean is not a journalist and has never been to a press conference and doesn't know what one is.

Where did anyone ever see fans much less the public in a press conference? I sure never did. Not ever.

No, I wasn't there. But I saw the TV. And I listened to Paul Zeise (Post-Gazette beat writer on the Fan) speak of how weird and unsettling it was to look around and see fans at a press conference. And cheerleaders. I think I heard other writers-broadcasters say something similar. Not certain so I won't mention names. But I am certain Zeise said it. It was his lead into the entire discussion.

You can criticize DK's question if you like, but it wasn't grandstanding. Me -- I think it was a good, strong question. I didn't like the "come clean" expression. DK either stumbled on that one or was being too harsh. It sounded like he was accusing Stallings of covering up something. I think DK simply stumbled, that's all. But the line of inquiry was certainly appropriate.

So what were the fans and cheerleaders, etc., doing there at a press conference in the first place? Do you think Pitt was trying to protect Stallings by insulating him in a welcome party, thinking that would defuse the questions? If so, that was a silly idea. Or perhaps Pitt was just trying to save time and throw the party and the press conference at the same time. Also silly. Pitt knew Stallings wasn't a popular hire. They knew the heat was up. Unfairly, of course, but it was up nonetheless. Maybe Pitt figured hard questions might not be a good thing for a new hire to face.

Anyway, next press conference you go to, Come Clean, please check and see how many cheerleaders are there, and fans, curiosity-seekers and the like. Then come back and tell us.

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