Monday, July 27, 2009

Quote of the Week (Early Contender)

“Everyone knows that Rick is an industry joke, he shows that he’s a hack everyday. And he doesn’t have to worry about working at Fox because we only hire talent who have the ability to generate ratings.”

-- Fox News Channel spokesman on CNN's Rick Sanchez, who spent last Friday night sending out a series of slightly incomprehensible, testy Twitter messages claiming that if he wanted to be rich he'd work at Fox but doesn't because for a Hispanic that would be selling out and how he's doing the right thing by staying at CNN, etc. etc.

The most amusing (read: kind of horrifying) thing about this isn't Rick's inexplicable decision to start ranting on Twitter; he's been doing that for some time now. No, what's really noteworthy is Fox's response -- Fox's official response via a spokesperson which eviscerates Sanchez in pretty much the harshest language possible. I mean, hell, they may as well have made fun of the guy's mother.

By now, nothing the schoolyard bullies at Fox say against their adversaries should surprise me, and yet I find myself still shocked at the kind of venom these people regularly unleash against anyone who dares to antagonize them or accuse them of wrongdoing. By comparison, think about the reactions of your average high-brow spokespeople for just about every other company in America when negative publicity is aimed in the direction of the organizations they represent: They're typically a quick "no comment," or "we won't even dignify that with a response." But Fox -- well, Fox has never claimed to be long on dignity. Their guys don't bother with any of that sissy "we're above these kind of cheap theatrics" crap; in the finest tradition of Nixonian dirty tricks, they add your name to an enemies list somewhere and set out to verbally assassinate you.

As I've said before, it's almost admirable how these guys don't take any shit from anyone. Almost.

Oh yeah, and not to bring this up again, but didn't CNN fire me for exactly the kind of thing Sanchez is doing on Twitter these days?

Rick, my old friend, if you can get away with it -- more power to you.

MEDIAite: CNN's Rick Sanchez Pokes at Fox News, Fox Smacks Him Away/7.25.09


Anonymous said...

It is all about the $$$. If you were generating viewers and revenue CNN would have kept you albeit with a slap on the wrist.

SteveR said...

Funny. FOX has crossed over with this response. They're no longer hiding the fact that ratings are more important to them than responsible journalism -- they're proud of it.

Ominously refreshing.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this exchange sort of like two drunk frat boys swinging away at a pinata? Neither one gets any of the prizes.

Anonymous said...

As I stated on your CNN post yesterday, why now is Sanchez permitted to blog and spew venom without being released by CNN and you, who never identified where you worked, were not permitted the same freedom of speech. Did CNN change there almighty "rule book"? You should sue CNN for discrimination!!! I bet you could win now that Dobbs and Sanchez both have gone on record publically.

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Another good quote is a sign from a person at Sarah Palin's resignation party which says, "Quitting: the new American value." I posted it as Quote of the Day.

Mozglubov said...

I remember how angry one of the Fox News ladies got when Obama's campaign spokesman made an off-hand comment that hey understood they "had an agenda"... She was so indignant it truly made me wonder if she was completely blinkered and living in the Conservapedia-esque pseudo-reality of the hardcore right or just a really good actress. Either way, it kind of made me sad.

Anonymous said...

And yet nobody is disputing the fact that Rick Sanchez truly is a HACK!

I certainly didn't need a Fox News spokesperson to tell me that.

Anonymous said...


I know Rick Sanchez, and you are no Rick Sanchez. (Thank God!)

Name Withheld.

Anonymous said...

chez is certainly no rs - chez hires a designated driver when he is smashed drunk

randy said...

Quote: "Do you know who I am?"