NY1's Pat Kiernan Apologizes for Justin Bieber on Behalf of Canada

While it’s true that Canadians are exceedingly polite, if NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan is any indication, they also have a deadpan sense of humor. See what else GQ learns about the veteran newsman when editor Mark Anthony Green sits down with him for a cut and a shave in the GQ Barbershop

Released on 7/9/2014

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Starring: Mark Anthony Green and Pat Kiernan

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(laughs)
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Can you make my hair look like his?
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(barber laughs)
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You want my hair to look like yours
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or yours to look like mine?
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No, I want my hair to look like yours.
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[Barber] You want a Sandy.
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I want the Pat Kiernan.
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Hi, I'm GQ's Mark Anthony Green.
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By day, I'm a writer for the magazine
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and by night, when I'm not searching for
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exotic hand lotions and leather pants,
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I'm hanging out at our barbershop at Barclay's Center,
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getting haircuts and talking with interesting people.
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Hopefully, they don't (beep) up my hair too bad.
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Are there any news people anchors in your family?
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No, just me.
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What made you want to do it?
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I don't know.
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I was interested in it from like six years-old.
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A, I love the news and B, I was interested in broadcasting.
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You had to be a really cool kid, loving the news at six,
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you know?
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(laughs) You're messing with me, are you?
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Yeah, I'm messing with you.
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(Pat laughs)
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Has there been a news story that was like
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your most difficult?
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Well, the two most difficult September 11th
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and Hurricane Sandy.
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Tens of thousands of people out of their houses,
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entire neighborhoods burning down,
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crane dangling above 57th street,
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half of Manhattan without power,
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I mean any one of those things is a big story
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and you had them all at the same time.
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A few of the editors and I that lived in Brooklyn,
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we had to walk to our office in Times Square.
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I didn't walk home once.
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Actually, I walked most of the way home
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and literally at the Williamburg Bridge,
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some guy saw that I was trying to hail a cab
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to get over the bridge and he's like,
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'Hey, we're going to the other side, jump in.'
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I always liked to hear about New Yorkers being decent.
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You know, like that's good.
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A lot of that happens in New York,
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but you get a bad wrap.
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New Yorkers are infamously tough on their sports teams.
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Yeah.
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Are they just as tough on their anchors?
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No, people are very nice.
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Like, 99 out of 100 interactions with people,
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because I ride the subway home everyday
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and more often than not
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I'll end up having a conversation
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with them for five minutes.
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Always very favorable.
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Tell us about when you wake up
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and what time do you have to be at work?
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I have to be at work at 4:00.
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Let me speak on behalf of all GQ editors.
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If we had a 3:07 wake up time,
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(Pat laughs)
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you guys would get one magazine a year.
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It would be Gentleman's Yearly.
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(laughs)
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You're like one of those guys that's on the subway
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at 9:00 or something?
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I'm one of those guys.
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I feel good about being on the subway at 9:00.
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I feel accomplished.
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Can I just say though, I'd rather be
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wedged between two obese New Yorkers
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than have to get up at 3:30 every morning.
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Well, we all pick our paths in life.
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We pick our battles
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and that's the beautiful thing about America, you know.
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What's the biggest difference
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between Canadians and Americans?
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I think it's true that Canadians are exceedingly polite.
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Yeah.
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Americans are more opinionated.
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So you're really big on social media.
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The kids would say 'Your Twitter game is dope, yo.'
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Oh that's good, Twitter is fantastic
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both for dissemination of news and for news gathering.
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Twitter's a big part of the way that news gets put out now.
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So you hear that American people,
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it's not just all selfies and games and hashtags.
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Great segue to my next question.
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Okay.
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Justin Bieber...
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I apologize on behalf of Canada.
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He seemed like a nice kid,
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for the first little while, it was good.
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What if that was like the truth about Canadians?
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That they were all kinda like rock stars on the inside?
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Is there a Justin Bieber inside of you, Pat Kiernan?
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No. (laughs) There is no... (laughs)
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If you get a million Twitter followers,
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are you gonna turn into Justin Bieber, we need to know?
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That's right, if I get a million Twitter followers,
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I'll turn into a total (beep).
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No, but it's been a tough year for Canadians,
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'cause between Rob Ford and Justin Bieber,
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the people are people are not being well represented.
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I understand the element of appeal of Rob Ford,
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which is that it's a politician who just
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does what he wants to do and really goes about his
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'I'm a man of the people I'm a regular guy' thing.
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But there's a line between that and crack.
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(laughs)
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So you're saying don't do crack.
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Is that what I'm to garner?
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Yeah, if there's one message I can send
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to the people of America today,
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it's 'Don't do crack.'
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What are you doing later handsome?
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Oh I'm busy, I've got another one after you.
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(laughs)
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Listen, I can't thank you enough for coming by.
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I think your haircut's better than mine.
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Oh, come on.
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Come on, man.
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Be good.
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Don't lie to the people.
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I got my eye on you.
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I'm all over it.
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Thank you.
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Alright, let me know if you
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need help with the news later, man.
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Yeah, we'll have you on sometime.
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Okay, I'm camera ready. Seriously, thank you.
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Can everyone quiet down please.
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Thank you.
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So that was me and Pat Kiernan,
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the coolest Canadian in New York City.
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