The New York Times reporter Adam Clymer, made famous by a crude remark President Bush made during his campaign in 2000, is coming to speak to TCU students at 7 p.m. Monday in Moudy Building South, Room 320.During a Labor Day weekend rally, Bush turned to his running mate, Dick Cheney, and said, “There’s Adam Clymer, major league asshole from The New York Times.”
Bush was unaware that the microphones were on, and the sound byte was picked up and heard by several crowd members and reporters.
“It’s a hoot that (Clymer) is known by that incident,” said Tommy Thomason, director of the Schieffer School of Journalism.
“He built his career as a top-level political reporter, and this is how he is known by the general public,” he said.
Bush had been upset about articles written by Clymer about Bush’s career as Texas governor, according to a British Broadcasting Company article written shortly after the incident.
Thomason said Clymer will bring an inside look of the day-to-day world of a reporter covering Washington politics and campaigns.
Clymer was at the dedication ceremony of the journalism school last year, was impressed by what he saw and scheduled to come speak, Thomason said.