Totally Unrelated Pitches: When a Scandal Vaults Over the Shark

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April 13 2012 1:32 PM

Totally Unrelated Pitches: When a Scandal Vaults Over the Shark

When a scandal (or "scandal") takes on real heft, three different sorts of e-mails start invading my inbox.

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1) Letters from real humans who want me to know what they really think about the story.

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2) Requests or questions from non-American media that want to cover the story.

3) Pitches from consumer organizations that sniff out any chance to pitch their wares.

To wit:

I’m the content manager at Salary.com. I know you’re busy covering the Hilary Rosen/Ann Romney flap, and I’d like to provide some very pertinent numbers to use in one or more of your stories, with a local hook.
Every year Salary.com (based in Waltham) puts out our annual Mother’s Day Salary numbers, in which we take the top 10 “mom jobs” (as reported by more than 8,000 moms) and apply our salary data to them to come up with an estimated annual salary for stay-at-home moms and working moms alike. And as timing would have it, we just released this year’s number prior to the Rosen/Romney flap and it couldn’t be more pertinent.
Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” as a stay-at-home mom has struck a chord with a lot of people. We’re hoping you’ll consider passing our Mom Survey on to your writers, as proof that SAHMs do work very hard and would be compensated well into the six figures if they were paid for their work.
Here’s our slideshow with Mom’s salary numbers included:
If you have any other questions or need a quote, please feel free to email me or call at any of the numbers below.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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