Can U Read & Rite?
• Believe it or not, I'd really like to let the subject of my untimely dismissal from CNN go once and for all (Say What You Will/2.18.08). As I'm quickly learning now that my new baby is home from the hospital, there really is no sense crying over spilled milk (particularly not when the spill in question happened almost six months ago). Yet every time I promise myself that I'm done bringing up the whole CNN thing, somebody sends me an item like this: Behold, the official memo sent out to all network employees finally stating in no uncertain terms just what CNN's policy is on personal blogging.
• The basics: Fell into TV news 16 years ago and remained there until CNN fired me earlier this year for what you're reading right now. During my somewhat illustrious and certainly notorious career, I've been a producer and manager at the local and network levels in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. I have a couple of Emmys to my name as well as a Golden Mic Award, none of which mitigates the fact that I'm kind of an unrepentant wise-ass. I live in New York City with my wife-a beautiful, brilliant and extraordinarily patient woman named Jayne. I'd love for somebody to properly explain to me why America hasn't deported George Bush and Dick Cheney, Hollywood hasn't stopped trying to convince me that Sarah Jessica Parker is attractive, gullible soccer moms haven't realized that they share absolutely no kinship with Oprah, and Fox canceled Firefly.
I don't have time for this kind of stream-of-consciousness, self-indulgent drivel. If Chez Pazienza had to produce a newsletter on paper and send it via U.S. mail-as my wife, Peggy, and I did with WHO'S MAILING WHAT!-the writing would be concise, to the point and provide value. But in the digital world, no financial constraints exist.