Stock market’s down. Party-crashing in New York City is up. So reports amNewYork. Also? Some party crashers are posing as reporters ostensibly to ease their passage beyond the velvet rope into the land of the open bar and swag bag.

For this to be a legit Trend Story, I’m going to need to see a Quote From An Expert, amNewYork.

And:

Beyond free food and wine, people who pose as journalists could be seeking a boost to their self worth, said Kristin Sommer, a Baruch College associate professor in psychology.

Masquerading as a reporter might, might, get you some free food. But improve your self-esteem? Maybe try political campaign adviser? Or, member of Congress?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.