by d00tch - 4/1/09 1:24 PM
In Reply to: The criticism by romeyinfc
This whole thing is getting rather heartbreaking, actually. I couldn't help think that when Tom thanked the listeners the other day, that perhaps he had some of our concerns here in mind. I can imagine he's in a tough spot, and Tom seems like the type who gets along with everybody. I'd love to hang out with him, actually. It would be a ton of fun. I think he likes Nat, and I think he's tried to defend and support her. And he's awesome for doing that.
I also feel bad for Natali. She seems funny and smart. I can tell she's ambitious. But I've hired and fired plenty of ambitious, funny and smart journalists who just didn't have the chops. Liking someone and thinking they're right for the job are two different things. I feel bad that she takes so much of this personally, and I hate that people are so mean to her. I'd love to take her to dinner and cheer her up. Maybe get her pointed in the right direction.
I hate the sex-based criticism. It totally sucks. It's unfair and wrong. But when Natali addressed the issue on 942 she neglected to address the point I've been trying to make: Hasn't she benefited from being an attractive young female? Of course she has. If CBS were looking for a brilliant and well-spoken technology expert, Tom would have done wonderfully. So I must say that it's disingenuous of Nat to get too worked up. If she can't look around the room and see that Cooley, Rafe and Tom are likely all more experienced and all (minus Cooley) as well-spoken as she is, and not recognize that her looks got her the gig as cnet's defacto public face, I don't know what to say. But you can't have it both ways. You can't willingly accept the gig without the garbage that comes with it.
Lest I be accused of sexism, let me state that I've worked with plenty of airhead male TV reporters who clearly got their jobs based on looks alone. There are two I can think of who weren't worth a damn but ended up in network news. Pathetic.
Journalists are under attack all the time. If a few demeaning and unfair letters are enough to break her spirit, how would she handle the death threats from violent criminals I received when I was on the crime beat? The calls from inmates who threatened to kill my family? Believe me, we all get our fair share of criticism, earned or not.
Natali, there's nothing wrong with you. If you became a cohost on the 404 I would love it. I'm always excited when you're on, because you bring some brains to the party. If you're going to stay on BOL, you have to take this one page from Molly's book: Being a sweetheart doesn't count in this world. You gotta earn your stripes by being likable but tough. You gotta have a hide of iron. And you have to learn to laugh at the bull crap. And by the way, when you started "Loaded" you promised it would be more than "girl, news, camera." What happened?
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