Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

"This is the first time I've been attacked. (Robertson is) in the same hotel as me. A man could come down and say, 'what’s up?' But instead he's saying I’m lazy, that I’m a liar and that I’m as bad as Gaddafi... Is that heroic what he's doing? He puts on his blue blazer and gets on the government bus, and then pats himself on the back and calls that news? Bullshit."

-- Fox News International Correspondent Steve Harrigan upping the ante in an ongoing on-air feud with CNN's Nic Robertson

You can read for yourself what this whole childish pissing contest is about over at HuffPo or Mediaite. Suffice it to say it's just mind-boggling that these are two grown men covering a military action in a foreign country and they seem to have both the time and the lack of dignity required for these kinds of sideshow antics.

For the record, I may not be a fan of Fox News overall, but from what I've seen and from what friends who've worked with him have told me, Harrigan is actually one of the good ones. He's a solid journalist with a good head on his shoulders. In other words, I can't see him willfully shirking his responsibility or generally being lazy while on assignment -- and regardless, I think Robertson's decision to challenge Harrigan on the air is inexplicably dumb. I swear, every time I think cable news couldn't get any more unnecessarily embarrassing this kind of crap happens.


Jester said...

King of crap? Quite the Freudian slip there. ;-)

Chez said...

Yup. I suck.

Thomas B said...

I dunno about that Chez. Word from many sources state that Harrigan sent out a security person with a camera and declined to go himself, opting instead to play solitaire on his Blackberry in the relative safety of his hotel room. Then he reports that Robertson willingly offered himself up to be a human shield for Gaddafi.

Sounds pretty fucked up to me. I'd have bitched about it too, if I were Robertson.