McCarthy's React Quotes
We have a glossary quiz for you. Some newspaper terms.
Oh my God, I've erased all those things from my brain.
What does Edot mean?
Edot? First edition or something like that. We'd throw those terms around and had to constantly be looking them or asking "What the hell am I saying again?"
All the President's Men or Shattered Glass?
Shattered Glass was a very good film, some of the performances were wonderful, but All the President's Men definitely. It's a classic and a pretty high bar.
I wish I'd broken ____________news story.
A news story I'd like to have written? Wow. How about ... you have to go back to Watergate ... that was a pretty big fucking story. Let me think. I need a great story. None of them seem big enough now. I keep coming back to Watergate. You stuck it in my mind with that All the President's Men question.
Yes. That wasn't fair.
Put Watergate and when I think about it walking down the hall later, I'll get back to you. I've been interviewed a lot and I never got a question that original. I wonder if I'm going to get it in every interview I do now. I wonder if after the fourth person asks, I'm just going to have my "go-to" by then.
Probably. It's from Interviewing for Dummies. Everybody will be using it.
Does that book exist?
Do you have a favorite headline?
Whenever anything big in the world happens, my friend and I always try to guess what the headline will be in the New York Post or the Daily News and we've come pretty close at times. Right before Iraq we were in a tough situation and I guessed it would be: STUCK BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE.
You have to write a story about a rescued cat —what would the opening line be?
Jesus. Can it be a headline?
ME WOW! That would be the New York Post headline about a cat rescued in a perfect, amazing way.