Washington journalists are handy creatures.
They can walk, talk, text, Instagram, tweet, chase down lawmakers on Capitol Hill and jot down notes — all at the same time.
But chewing gum while reporting?
Not everyone thinks that’s such a good idea.
Today, The Mirror brings you a female TV journalist who chose to rest a hunk of her chewed gum on her cell phone during a press conference on Capitol Hill last week.
“So she could speak clearly into the mic, I assume, when asking questions,” a Mirror spy explained when asked why she might do this.
The spy was a bit concerned: “Phones are dirtier than doorknobs!”
In 2013, a British company named “Which?” claimed that our gadgets are more contaminated than germs on a public toilet seat.
Which means that this poor piece of gum could contain as much as 600 units of Staphylococcus aureus (this is obviously not good).
Gum emerged as a quirky detail in a 2016 Washington Post profile of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who reportedly swallows 35 sticks of Orbit cinnamon gum before noon.
Please send your best guesses as to who this reporter is and your comments on the practice. Send them to [email protected]. I will run the big reveal later in the day.
UPDATE: The journo in question is CBS congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.