As a journalist, I generally resent the notion that we in the media can’t relate to anything outside the Northeast liberal ivory tower.
Which is why I find it a little irritating when I see that sort of misperception reinforced, like so:
Sept. 12: “A (Mark) Warner victory next year would be demoralizing to Virginia Republicans …”
No, really? I thought they’d throw a “Yay! We hold no statewide office in Virginia above lieutenant governor!” party.
Seriously — what’s the point of writing that? It just gives the appearance of rubbing it in, and you wouldn’t see it any other context. Imagine something like “A death sentence would be demoralizing to the defendant …”
Today, from a restaurant review: “Some diners dismiss the interior. ‘It reminds me of a really fancy restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina,’ one dining companion cracked, Zagat style.”
Oh ha, ha, ha, ha!!
A few points:
1. While food reviewer Tom Sietsema’s dinner companions were ensconced in their world of fine dining and needless luxury items, Charlotte was becoming one of the world’s banking capitals. They probably have a few nice restaurants.
2. The South is not — repeat, NOT — a giant anthropology experiment.
3. This is Washington. No one is from here. We’re all from somewhere else. Including a few from North Carolina.
4. You know … this is available online. People in Charlotte are gonna find out.
5. Frankly, we could use more Southern influence in our region’s restaurants. We have food from every ethnicity known to man, but we don’t have a freaking Bojangles. Or a Schlotzsky’s. How in the world did I end up living in the buffer zone between good quick food and good convenience stores? (Read: Where’s the freaking Wawa??!!)
I’m sure I’d impress more people at my dear old college if I worked for a more venerable newspaper instead of the mass-market corporate broadsheet that pays my bills. But Family Guy does far better jokes about the South. Are they hiring?