For the sake of accuracy, an awkward question about skin tone
Political scribe Aubrey Wieber of the Salem Reporter presented an awkward question to Republican strategist Jonathan Lockwood earlier this week for a profile by Oregon Capital Bureau.
Lockwood, who works at the Capitol in Salem, appears to have a "burnished tan," but as a journalist, Wieber couldn't make an assumption about that. So, on Wednesday afternoon, Wieber just asked.
"I have a strange question for you," Wieber wrote in a text message to Lockwood. "I am trying to briefly describe your appearance. You're more tan than most in Oregon. Is that a natural skin tone, or is it fair to say you have tanned skin?"
Lockwood seemed amused by the question and sent a laughing emoji.
"My skin is tan because I'm a sun-worshipping Italian-American," Lockwood wrote.
What Wieber didn't get to bottom of was where Lockwood finds sunshine in Western Oregon.?