The world needs more people capable of intelligent, thoughtful rants. All the best to you and yours.
You are building a fighting force of extra ordinary magnitude...
bloggers of the world unite! they messed with the wrong crowd.
I just found this site yesterday and spent most of the day enjoying your writing. Best of luck to you and maybe if I'm lucky I'll bump into you someday on x-box live.
I just send an e-mail essentially telling CNN to suck it. I throughly enjoy your blog and posts at Huffington (although I don't comment much.) You are extremely talented! Push forward...CNN held you back. Good luck to you and I'll send the positive vibes your way!As OT3P says:"Stand up, speak out, strike back!"
Good on you.
So to whom do we direct our letters of disgust and outrage?
Keep your head up!
Chez and Jayne, we are united behind you all the way, bloggers, commenters and smartasses alike! Take 'em down! Take 'em all down!!!
Hey Chez;I really think this frees you up for bigger and better things. CNN looks so petty, and you seem, well DANGEROUS! and that makes you worth millions! go for it.
Not just the bloggers, Jayne, my dear, but also their loyal readers, uniting along with them!
God bless, brother. Just wanted you to know that we're thinking of you.BTW, I didn't know you guys were expecting. That's great... congrats on that. My children are the best thing that ever happened to me, and the greatest accomplishment in my life. I can tell you and promise you that things will change for you both now, but it will be for the better! You'll see.A.Balboa
Chez go to Bloomberg and produce a novel political show and you can call it "Capital Gang"
Amen to that Jayne!Keep up the stunning work, Cant stop, wont stop!Their are only 5 writers hotter than ChezChez,Chez,Chez,Chez,And ChezHe spit hot fire man!
Jesus! I get sent to La Crosse, WI by work for a couple days and look what I miss.Damn you La Crosse and your two degree weather, your stupid bluffs which the rest of the country would call hills, your impossibly small airport and your lack of internet access!Keep your head up Chez.
This is only just the beginning.
How can you be so dumb, after 16 years in TV you thought you could get away by writing your opinions about current affairs and such under your true identity? I mean what were you thinking!!! And hello your bio mentions that you work for CNN. No matter how personal your opinion is, it will still reflect on the company that you work for. Heck, you know there are journalists who don't vote so that their coverage of news remains unbiased!!!! This is not just about freedom of speech its about journalistic integrity. Who the fuck wants to know about your personal opinion when as a journalist you gotta remain unbiased. If not that you could have atleast tried using some common sense. Of course they were going to fire you when you start writing for a well known website. And guess what pal, as hard as it may sound, you are not likely to land a job in a major network anytime soon. Everyone has the same ground rule and if you owned a media company you would too. Good luck and next time sit back and "think" a little.From a fellow AMer
We're all looking forward to your eventual book, Chez...
Fellow "AMer" -- You're so wrong on so many different levels -- but hey, you just keeping on believing that nonsense; you'll keep your nice little job working for a "major network," and you can go to sleep at night (or whenever you sleep) convincing yourself you're a professional journalist. Kick ass man. As for me, I've NEVER been happier.By the way, I notice you aren't willing to use your real name.Good idea. That's "thinking.": )
The amount of "doocing" that's going on lately is rather frightening. I work at a firm that has "dooced" one before yet still, defiantly, I blog. Can u imagine? It's wild, almost communist, no?I make no mention of who I work for, etc. but I know it's just a matter of time. But it keeps me sane so I still do it. Whatever.Subjugating my creativity for the almighty dollar is hard enough. I blog because I have to. I mean, as sarcastically as I make it sound, its somewhat the truth. It's the frail thread which keeps me on the other side of the fence from the full-on automatons.Bravo, Chez!
Praise Jesus..how much later today? ;p
AMer:Chez is more popular now from his writing than he ever was from working on that pathetic show. you know... where YOU work. Have fun kissing John Roberts's ass every day.
Rise my minions.I kid -- thanks, really.
Gosh I hope that "fellow AMer" ran that comment through the review channels at CNN before posting it! It doesn't sound like he/she would be nearly as well positioned if they met with the same fate you did.;)
" Heck, you know there are journalists who don't vote so that their coverage of news remains unbiased!!!! "If that's true it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Chez, you're lucky to be out of there.
Dude- Calling Oprah Fat? There is no way you can keep your job after posting that. Love you blog.
Chez:You are like Obi-Wan Kanobi when he faces off with Darth Vader in Star Wars:"Strike me down and I will grow more powerful than you can imagine."
That fired me up. My two cents - for what it's worth - http://www.jackischechner.com/2008/02/my-valentine-to-myself.html
Well, I'm sorry you lost your job, that sucks. But I have to say, as a liberal, if I'd heard that Glenn Reynolds or one of the other prominent right-wing bloggers was working as a producer for CNN, I'd have been pretty ticked off.Good luck to you, though. And now that CNN has given you the ax, maybe you can dish some behind-the-scenes goods. Really, we're all dying to know! Burn those bridges!:-)
Chez, I have a novel idea: sell advertising on your blog! Why think of the companies that would leave behind that expensive network, magazine and newspaper advertising. You'd make millions, I tell ya'. And, if that doesn't work out remember this: "Plastics."Congrats on the conception thing. 2008 looks like an interesting year in the Chez family.
"We're all in strung out shape but stay frosty and alert."
Oh, "AM'er"---bugger off. We don't want your kind around here.
now how will you pay your family to cut your grass?
I read your site everyday and am always entertained. I am absolutely sure you will find a new job worthy of your talents.Best of luck.
Well, I'm eighteen kindsa late to this party but let me just echo the resounding sentiment - Fuck CNN. This just might be the best thing that could have happened to you.
Maybe you will learn that to be taken seriously as anews reporter that you have to take more responsibility for your personal views.Report the news. Keep your opinions to yourself.Had you done that, you would probably have more checks on the way from CNN.
We're all with you Chez. Screw CNN.
I have tongued Chez Pazienza's turd-cutter.
Hey, "AM'er" how does it feel to be a "puppet on a string"?Here doggie here's a bone, go ahead and whatever the big bad boss tell you to do.at least Chez had two "BIG ONES".Why don't you go find yours...
"now how will you pay your family to cut your grass?"Troll look out! Rob we can just as your wife to do it for free. In the nude. Be Well.
I posted your article on my blog ! I then bookmarked it on Stumble Upon under amateur radio ! Just like your old bosses in old media this category is as Dead As Custer ! There are a lot of firms in the NEW Media that devote their time to Social Networking this is where you belong ! On Ward Upward !
You have to got to be kidding me Chez. Surely a 38 year old grown man would have to know that you can't post stuff like this on your blog and expect to keep a job like Senior Producer at a place like CNN. That post "Will Barack Obama have to Choke a Bitch?" was beyond the pale and you should have known that. I say that as a 38 year old myself. To be honest, as a black man, whether you meant it in a racially hostile manner or not, I found it pretty offensive. I mean here Barack is a Harvard-educated attorney, eloquent as hell, and you come up with yet another racially-charged reference to him in the guise of a campaign commercial. Surely you know the kind of pressure MSM outlets like CNN have been under from conservatives that they're biased as hell when it comes to political coverage. That's why they had to fire you in my opinion. I wish you maturity in your search for a new gig dude, because you definitely need it.
I'll be in New York City this weekend , so I'll make sure to give your former employer my best. Seriously though, we all know that this is probably a jumping off point for you, and when it's all said and done, you can thank the office politico that fired you on the dust jacket of your soon to be best selling book.Keep up the good work.Now if I can only find a good place to eat pizza in the city...
What has happened to you is just another reason I dislike establishment media which has become so timid and sophomoric in how it covers the 'news'. CNN and other media are losing viewers and yet they play the same mediocre smoke and mirrors game. Yet someone like you who is bright and has so much to offer isnt what the suits like. Thank God for NPR and Free Speech TV and alas the internet where we the reader/viewer can cut thru the crap.
Is that pole smoker Ride_On in here?
Chez, I'm posting again to say fuck these people who are lecturing you (yeah, I'm looking at YOU, Anonymous [1, 2, 3]). Now you can just rock harder.Congrats on the bambino.
newbie here- just discovered your blog yesterday when somebody (can't even remember who) linked to it, and i've bookmarked it already. Great stuff.Screw CNN.A shitty network just got a little bit shittier.Good luck to you. I wish me reading your blog helped you financially somehow.
Chez my dear...time to face reality. If you so hated CNN you would have left it ages ago. Now that you claim to be happy its time to let go the anger and ranting. Try to look beyond all these bloggers who think you did great. But we sure as hell would like to know what Edward Litvak told you when he fired you!!!Bryan Bell
CNN doesn't want people with opinions, merely unthinking news-bots who maintain total impartiality.I'd write more, but I need to watch Lou Dobbs whine and Nancy Grace shriek for a few hours.
Hi Bryan --Congrats my friend, you just violated CNN policy. Report to S&P immediately.: )
Chez,My life took off after my wife got pregnant and I then quit my job. I've never looked back. I became a free man and never worked for anyone else again.You were obviously too good for them. Make this the impetus to live your life exactly like you want to live it. I wish you all the very best. You are a talented professional whom the world is just starting to get to know. I can't wait to see what you do.
i just discovered your blog today because of the media coverage you're getting. oh that i had found you sooner. your jaded skepticism has brought so much happiness to my day. keep writing, and i'll keep reading.
You know that scene at the end of "Taps" where Tom Cruise's character finally snaps and starts mowing down the National Guard with that huge automatic gun in the window sill, screaming "beautiful, man, it's fucking beautiful!"Yeah.
I've been reading your blog for some time and I find what's happened to you appalling (especially considering that the company I work for has my blog on its website with my name next to it).Hang in there - thing will work out for the best.
****TO ALL WHO FEEL THE NEEDS TO LECTURE CHEZ***STOP THE INSANITY***TWO EMMY'S, A GOLDEN MIC AWARD??16 YRS IN THE BUSINESS???HE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.AND ALL AT THE AGE OF 38.HEY ROB, WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO TURN INTO A RACIAL THING WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN'S? HE'S NOT A RACIST. FAR FROM IT. WHY DON'T YOU FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MAN BEFORE MAKING SUCH A STUPID COMMENT. **TO ALL WHO CARE**PLEASE WRITE CNN AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT A STUPID MOVE ON THEIR PART.CAN WE FIND OUT IF A PAYPAL JAR IS LEGAL???? CHEZ AND JAYNE ARE EXPECTING A BABY IN AUGUST. HE'S NOT ASKING FOR THE JAR, I AM AND SO IS THE PERSON WHO ASKED EARLIER..***LETS SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY BEHIND CHEZ AND JAYNE***AS JAYNE SAID. " WE NEED TO BE UNITED". CHEZ, DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.....YOU'VE BEEN THRU TOO MUCH ALREADY WITH THE ILLNESS.**BRAVO FOR NOT BEING AFRAID TO TELL IT HOW IT IS**YOU ALWAYS BOUNCE BACK!!MUCH LOVE
please tell us what you want to us to do-- e-mail, call, heck even handwrite some letters (just tell us to whom they should go)
JUST WALK AWAY
Sorry to hear of your dismissal. Can't help but feel that I played a part in it. Or maybe it's just where I am in my 12 steps. Regardless, hope you find work that's a bit more accpting of your personal expression. And if you find any old Demerol prescriptions please feel free to send them along.
Chez, perhaps now that you are unaffiliated, you will consider joining the Obama campaign. We could use your voice, which is powerful. Come on over and join the good fight, and help us win one for the American people.Obama Rally, Edward Jones Dome, St Louis MO (02-02-2008) Obama 08, United WE THE PEOPLE stand!
Again who is Chez??The Phantom
Isn't it possible that there's no real wrongdoing in this whole situation? If CNN doesn't want any reflection of bias, they have the right to remove an outspoken opinionmaker. And Chez finds out that he's better off for it, because he's happier as a full-fledged pundit than he was as a producer. He moves in front of the camera, so to speak.It's a win-win!
Chez, Got any lowdown on that Kiran Chetry gal? I heard she's a real wild child lefty. She must be sowing those wild oats now that she's away from satan's news channel. Any other dirt you'd like to dish?
Hi! Just discovered you via the NYT. I say: Congratulations! You gain your -- indeed, possibly frightening, given the soon to be bambino, etc. -- freedom, AND you also help to expose the stupidity, ignorance, pettiness and generalized assbackwardness of Establishment American Journalism. Fuck CNN and the rest of them -- you were obviously too evolved for them. This is giving you the exposure that will propel you to the next phase of your life. I hope Jon Stewart invites you for a Daily Show Interview... or at the very least mentions the situation on the air. It's right up his alley!I've bookmarked you and am looking forward to seeing what you do next. Do your own show!Also, to "Rob:" I read the hilariously silly pseudo ad you're referring to. Dude: I don't know Chez, but I do know that you REALLY don't get it. Seems pretty obvious that the spot is not a reflection of what Chez thinks of African Americans and Barack Obama; it's a comment on Hillary, that phony-ass, manipulative, condescending and power-hungry bitch, and what SHE thinks of African Americans and Obama (and Southerners too -- see the line about Edwards country).Now I get to go read some more of your stuff, Chez. Thanks!
Chez,While you an I disagree on many levels, I am with you on this. I will avoid a rant on how hypocritical your managers are and will instead say that they should have taken the opportunity to expand on your established base. Your right to express yourself lives on. Good luck dude, Kurgan
The NYT?!?! whoa. Hang on Chez it's gonna be one helluva ride. Remember those who knew you when and get someone (probably Jayne) to hang on to your ankles and keep you grounded.
of course, didn't know squat aboot your blog until i read on someone else's you'd been fired because of yours. so i read it, 'cuz i'm like that. reads like cnn lost their best and brightest. fuck those guys. and fuck scientology, too.add another to the list of blogs i check up on. please keep up the good work, chez....
Listen. Anyone who knows anything about this blog knows that in no way was he affiliated with CNN previous to February 13th. So all this "should have stayed anonymous' crap that all you non-sense talking Anonymouses are speaking is, well, non-sense.
I feel sort of like I missed the boat on this one, being a late commentor, but I wanted to say, I've been reading your blog for over a year now, since your headline in Fark many moons ago. I always come here for the latest news and information, and to listen to someone who's opinion I respect and find hilarious. Thanks for being yourself, and tell CNN to go jump in a lake.
News organizations....REAL news organizations....should want unbiased reporters and producers. Everyone has an opinion, but those in journalism have a special responsibility of neutrality, or they can't be trusted as arbiters of the news. You knew what you were doing when you created this blog. You knew what you were doing when you took the HuffPuff gig. You made your choice. CNN made the correct one. If you want to be a political commentator affiliated with one side of the spectrum, then you should have resigned at CNN before they had to sack you. You were a news producer, not a producer of an opinion show.
I don't care what the bosses say, people have a right to express their opinions on their own time and in their own way. Whether you want to blog about it or scream it in the streets shouldn't matter. You never badmouthed CNN directly, at least that I recall, and those who fired you are just First Amendment violating assholes.
You've put a lot of yourself in your writing and it has affected people. Whether they log off pissed, amused, inspired, introspective or simply humming a great song I'm sure there are many more than are posting here that appreciate your efforts.I'd be quite certain few of them were anywhere near as touched by your production efforts on AM. You may have been a TV producer, you quite likely will be one again. That's what you do. What you are is a writer - something I define as more than simply putting pen to paper, but instead having the ability to tap into something profound and express it through word. One of your talents is a gift...the other merely a skill. I wish you and Jayne the best - all that kid needs is love, diapers and some milk, don't sweat the rest of the BS and you'll be fine.
CNN goofed by firing you- I'll keep my fingers crossed that you find a good job soon. Meanwhile, keep on keeping on here and on Huffington Post, please. The world needs more people who tell it like it is (and btw, I don't always agree with you, but you do make me think about things so that's good)
I think now is the time for all loyal Americans to mind what they say and what they blog. Shh! Loose lips, etc.
Another long time lurker rising up to say: fuckin' A, Chez.I do hope your next gig inspires you to new heights of mockery, while paying you more than CNN (which you deserve). God knows we need you to help us deal with the emotional mindfuck which is the American media.Just want to tell you how inspiring it has been to know that there are folks inside the media who mock its worst aspects as much as we do. Gives us hope that someday it will change.
I can't wait to read more of your blog. To hell with corporate fascists. Blogging and the Internet is where it's at anyway. Who says they can rule our free time? Our every thought? Damn them. I am so proud of you!I know you're going to do great things out there, now that their noose is off your neck.Rock on and never stay silent.--Michelle Belaskie
I spent years as a director in TV news. I blogged pretty faithfully up until 6 months ago when I made the leap to producing. When I became responsible for writing the news I dropped my blog. It's the only ethical thing I could have done. And you should have done the same long ago. CNN was right to fire you, but you shouldn't have given them the reason.
And I always find it highly suspicious when a person gets fired/gets left by a spouse/arm cut off in a thrasher accident.... and can't stop talking about how they've never been happier. Who are you trying to convine, us or you?
Just keep writing, that's all I ask.
Keep on going men! Keep writing!Show must go on!!!
I think we would all benefit from listening to a lot more Megadeth and a lil less Michael Bublé.
Chez, Even my kids (16 and 13, very politically aware) who I talk to about your blog, and refer it to them fairly often (particularly my 16 year old daughter--a smart ass like her old mom) think it's insane you got fired. And to you anonymous trolls with the "oh, you knew what you were doing, blah blah blah....." just shut the fuck up!
LR: If you really knew Chez, the man, you wouldn't have to ask that question. CNN was just a job. Writing, well now, that's his passion. He is extremely talented. And incase you haven't noticed yet, more people are on the internet than sitting in front of a tv. You just wait, you all just wait, CHEZ PAZIENZA isn't going anywhere but all the way to the top. All in due time. Oh, and here's a news flash: the world doesn't revolve around CNN. AND for all of you who work in the media, all of you who keep writing and saying he should have thought of ethics instead and he should have gaven up his blog, I think your true feeling is one of jealousy. Only for the simple reason that he stayed true to himself and the rest of you are just simply bending over and taking it. Right or Wrong, he stayed true to himself. Not many of us can actually say that, now can we?????? Chez, this one is for you!!
Here's how I see it. Chez didn't storm into his bosses office, throw his gate pass to the ground and yell "I've had enough of this corporate media bullshit". He gladly went along with his corporate masters til they figured having a raving partisan posting on Huffpo might not look good for their already questionable "unbiased news source" issues.He was fired. Not the other way around. So let's not have any of this "staying true to himself" crap. He gladly accepted a paycheck and standing that comes with being a CNN producer for as long as *they* wanted him. When you get fired unwillingly you lose all right to take a stand on your credibility as a do-gooder.I don't wish Chez ill. I hope he makes a good and decent living doing what he loves. But I won't stand by and say a journo posting on a crazily partisan website in his or her off hours is acceptable. What's the difference in doing that and leading an NRA convention , or speaking at a NOW rally?
Indeed, lr, what is the difference (or the implied conflict)?The conversations one has outside of the workplace -- be they about music, literature, humor, current events, history, religion, or (heaven forbid!) politics, be they verbal, literary, interpretive dance, maniacal street preaching, or otherwise -- are not, or at least should not be the purview of one's employer.This situation seems to have a lot less to do with concern over partisan opinion and reputation (particularly when leveled at someone who went to great lengths never to represent himself as a spokesman for CNN or the corporation that owns it; in fact, Chez's deliberate lack of anonymity, coupled with the respect paid to the company by not identifying it, only amplifies the choice he made not to appear to be some disgruntled whistle-blowing insider undermining the efforts of his employer, an image he seems to have steadfastly avoided). It has everything to do with that corporation's subjugation of its hirelings, extending inappropriately into their off-hours avocations, hobbies, and conversations. Unless I'm misunderstanding all of this, my friend Chez was not fired for posting (for free) for Huffington and elsewhere, he was fired for not asking his boss permission first. The internet simply doesn't work that way any more (if it ever did). And it seems the established network information distribution corporations aren't coming to grips with that fast enough. Instead, by this action, they demonstrate their lack of respect for the ability of intelligent people to make a simple distinction between what someone does for a few hours each day to earn a paycheck, and what they might be overheard discussing among friends at a dinner party. There are those of us who are smart enough to recognize and appreciate the difference, and this frightens those who still think that tabloid swill like the Nancy Grace Horror Hour will be willingly sucked down like so much pabulum as a nutrition-free substitute for actual news.
good job keep on blogging.
AR&D's response to ya'll's criticisms:When Journalists Don't Vote
lr: My friend, your obviously apart of the political bullshit.Your missing the point. Keep believing the CRAP you do.One day you'll get it.It's called "FREEDOM OF SPEECH"CNN was never mentioned until after he got fired. No one ever knew where he worked so how could they be worried about how they would look? Chez had nothing to do with them looking bad. That happened long before Chez even came into the picture. It's a personal blog regarding his own personal opinions. Nothing to do with CNN. I would have collected a paycheck also.Thanks for the laugh.
I was never really in touch with the term "smug" until I met you.
To anonymous: "You're" not "your" Votar: I disagree. Posting on an established (even on an unpaid basis) political website like Huffpo under your real name is an act of brazen partisanship being made very, very public. And as such is *technically* a fireable offense for a journalist. Blogs in general, and HuffPo in particular, aren't a conversation in Starbuck's with a buddy. It's a distinct and loud public megaphone. Now, if I had been Chez's boss a talking to and stern request to stop blogging would have been my first order of business. Not firing. But I don't know Chez. And as such I'm not privy to his work history and/or trouble he's had with bosses in the past. If he's had a spotless record on the job, then this is a drastic and extreme measure. But it's been my experience in newsrooms and TV stations in general that anything short of a shooting spree ON AIR is usually handled with a talking to or probation.
Pardon me if I'm wrong, but the news accounts I've read concerning the firing, indicate it was due to the postings on HuffPo...not here. True? And by the way, if you hadn't figured out where Chez worked, you really weren't trying.WMJ
Well, not only are your blog fans defending you, but other bloggers as well. Have you seen Ms. Mix & Bitch's blog recently? Sounds like you've got some good friends, along with a helluva chip on your shoulder. But nice of her anyway.Jon Asch
that's our Chez- smug, smug, smug!
Chez is loved by millions. (well, ok maybe just Brazilians... ;) )Did I see someone say you guys are having a baby? Did I miss that in here? Or was someone just talkin?
Hey Lad - Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck! Jobs are replaceable. Integrity, and a sense of humor, aren't. As I may soon be canned from a job with the Print side of the house, I say we raise the banner high and declare Jihad on these asshats!As Dr. Thompson would have said, "When the going gets Weird, the Weird turn pro..."
I've generally been lurking since the douchebag awards, and just wanted to add my support. Your blog is one of the few I check regularly (outside of the past week).
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