Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Luke Russert Plays Dumb About His Privilege

LUKE, EMBRACE THE FORCE (OF NEPOTISM)It's one thing to have privilege and exercise it. We kinda expect that! This is New York City, we're not ignorant about how things work. But it's actually just insulting to have it, exercise it and then play dumb: "Luke Russert, son of Tim Russert, the 'Meet the Press' host who died in 2008, worked at City Hall during summer 2007. In an interview, Mr. Russert said that he juggled two internships that summer – one at the mayor's office, the other at NBC, working for Conan O'Brien…. Asked what role his connections played in landing the job, he said: 'I don't really know about that. I went through the application process like anyone else.'"

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"I don't really know about that, my dad's PA handled all the details so you'd have to ask her. Probably not, though, I don't think she's the type to do that."

Buffalo66 (#6,146)

Meghan McCain, white courtesy phone please.

I am sure a lot of 23 year olds from Boston College have their own radio shows with James Carville on XM radio as well as their own mouthpiece in the NBC lineup.

To whom much is given, much is expected. After listening to him for the last year, I have dispatched the second half of that popular quotation.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I'm a 26 year old from Boston College and I uh, have a blog. And I interned in City Hall. In uh, Jersey. Almost the same, though!

areaderwrites (#592)

I hate that little S.O.B., he's a symbol of much that is wrong with the media business. He'll probably end up running NBC news one day, if there is still an NBC news.

Other things he knows nothing about:
1) his weight (zing!)
2) whether he was named after Luke Skywalker or Luke Duke
3) the shame of self-knowledge
4) impetigo (not that he should, he just doesn't)

hockeymom (#143)

I thought you got internships by wearing short skirts and high heels. Now I learn there are TWO ways to land that job.

deepomega (#1,720)

Not so short they can see your junk, though.


HiredGoons (#603)

From the looks of it he should have been interning for Tucker Carlson.


Crantastical (#4,127)

seriously, is he storing nuts for winter in there??

@Crantastical: It looks like he's managed to break into the bird feeder. THAT SUET IS FOR BIRDS, NOT YOU, LUKE RUSSERT.

brianvan (#149)

Well, by working for both General Electric and city government, he's learned to become a very good liar.

(If he's really that dumb, it's only a matter of time before all the public school overachievers rise up and eviscerate him)

Unfortunately, for Dear Luke, tied with the nepotism is his triglycerides level.

mishaps (#5,779)

As thousands of humorless campus activists will remind you, privilege is invisible to the privileged. Exhibit A.

oudemia (#177)

My dad was a bartender. I got a tv internship and (well, an interview for, anyway) a publishing job because my future bosses drank.

oudemia (#177)

(Oh, I got the job, but you know, interviewed and tested for it, blah blah. The internship was more or less just handed over. I guess this is how these folks justify the current arrangement — We get jobs for the help's kids, too!)

La Cieca (#1,110)

It's about time wealthy, well-connected white men get their share of affirmative action.

zidaane (#373)

Luke ("Tim") Russert

deepomega (#1,720)

Luke "Yes That Russert" Russert.

Baboleen (#1,430)

Although I agree with the sentiment, I imagine that (almost) everyone reading this would use any connections necessary to try and land a job, either for themselves or a family member. I know I have. I many not have gotten a particular job, but I tried. We're just jealous that his connections work.

katiebakes (#32)

I agree! I'd only find him worth resenting if he DIDN'T take advantage of the opportunities afforded to him. And I mean, he is under no obligation to go around explaining himself to nosy people. HMPH.

Steve (#1,777)

I agree insofar as that sentiment goes, but when explicitly asked by a reporter, he shouldn't act like an overachiever either. (i.e., He shouldn't have to put a caveat next to the internship on his resume saying, "NOTE: obtained through no actual skill or achievements"; but he should readily admit as much when asked about it by others.)

I would do it for family and do try to do it for friends but I lack the social skills to do it for myself. But the indictment is denial not nepotiz.

katiebakes (#32)

What is he supposed to say?

"I handed in my application and went to a few interviews. After I left, the HR people got together in the room.

'He's a pretty weak candidate,' one said, glancing at my thin resume. 'Yeah,' said another, 'but his dad.'

There was silence for a few moments, and then one of them suddenly ripped up my resume and threw it toward the wall. 'Those fucking dimples,' she said, sobbing, the small pieces of paper hanging in the air like so much confetti. (On one of them you could make out the words 2.7 GPA 'I hate those fucking dimples.'

The next day Mikey — I mean, Mayor Bloomberg — dropped by my house with some takeout from JG Melon and told me the good news: I was hired. Anyway, the burgers were fucking delicious."

cuiveen (#370)

Ahem, Dear Luke Russert,

Fuck you, you fat idiot motherfucking connected son-of-a-villager fuck!


Everyone who's unemployed

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

@Gef: I am practically crying with laughter here.

max bread (#5,970)

Lukey's not the only one! From the son of a former deputy mayor: "I truthfully couldn't tell you how I got the internship."

Here's my person favorite, from the daughter of the NYC HHC president:"'It had nothing to do with my dad,' she said, adding that her family ties only came up once, when her boss asked if she was Mr. Aviles's daughter."

oudemia (#177)

That last one is priceless.

NinetyNine (#98)

But I heard he's a wonderful dinner companion!

Simon DeLongo (#6,153)

I've heard Luke deliver the news on the radio. He sounds like an intern.

CK (#2,489)

If only the byline on the Times story was A. G. Sulzberger.

Heidi Ward (#7,515)

I hear he's doing just FINE.

fin (#243,269)

Asked what role his connections played in landing the job, he said: 'I don't really know about that. I went through the application process like anyone elseAsked what role his connections played in landing the job, he said: 'I don't really know about that. I went through the application process like anyone else.'"

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