It’s helpful for a reporter to have a reputation for toughness. You know, someone willing to ask the hard questions, someone who strikes fear into the hearts of elected officials and bureaucrats everywhere.
So imagine my horror when I was outed this morning as the owner of a cat named Muffin.
In an article on the most popular pet names in Pierce County, reporters Jason Hagey and Ian Demsky report that "County Executive John Ladenburg has a dog named Muffin. In an eerie coincidence, the News Tribune reporter who covers county government has a cat named Muffin."