Brad Pitt Visit Causes ‘Wash Post’ Newsroom to Go Ga-Ga

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By: E&P Staff

The Washington Post newsroom “came to virtual standstill today, and stayed that way for quite some time,” media reporter Howard Kurtz reported late Friday.

“In a building that has seen its share of presidential candidates and prime ministers, journalists–cynical, world-weary, hard-boiled journalists–stood and gawked, making little effort to hide it.”

Pitt was on the scene to visit with R.B. Brenner for a movie project on which the latter is serving as an adviser. He also met Managing Editor Phil Bennett and Pentagon reporter Josh White.

Kurtz described the scene: “People stared. They gestured. They sauntered by and tried to look nonchalant. They whipped out cell phones and called their friends. Women poured in from other floors. Other staffers shook their heads at the embarrassment of this collective swoon. And the spectacle went on for more than an hour.

“Post photographer Kevin Clark snapped some shots of the visitor, despite the efforts of the newspaper’s public relations and security staffs to shoo him away. ‘They’re not going to stop me from doing my job in my own newsroom,’ Clark said.”

Pitt “looked serious, asked questions and seemed unconcerned by the commotion around him. He was, in short, acting far more professionally than some of those around him.”

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