Making fun of reporters who work press junkets is like poking fun of the elderly. That is, easy, hysterical and totally fair game.
Via the Onion‘s A.V. Club:
The A.V. Club: You were on a press junket all day today. What was that like?
Patton Oswalt: The junket itself has been really, really fascinating, and I’m trying to write down as much of it as I can. These are the kind of characters that, if you saw them in a Christopher Guest film, you would go, “You know what, I love Catherine O’Hara, but that was so from another planet, that wasn’t real.” Some of these people that are interviewing, oh my God, they look like early SCTV characters with a lot of prosthetic makeup on, or they all look like Dan Clowes drawings. A lot of these correspondents are just so fucked-up. They’re all trying to do their little gimmicks to make them stand out, so one guy brought his kid, and sat his kid on his lap, then he would whisper [questions to ask] in the kid’s ear.
AVC: It sounds pretty repetitive.
Patton Oswalt: I didn’t realize that being a celebrity — not that I’m a massive celebrity, someone like Will Smith — but now, when I see Will Smith or Tom Hanks give kind of a gobsmacked, deer-in-headlights interview, and I’m like, “What the fuck’s wrong with those guys?” Now I know what’s wrong with them. This is how they break people in Guantanamo: They ask them variations on the exact same question. “What time did you go to the store?” “At 12:15.” “So what time of day was it?” “At 12:15.” “So, was it 12:14?” They’re just breaking me down.