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If you watched last night, you know our show aired out of New York. I spent the day in New York doing a collection of things.
In the afternoon I spoke for 90 minutes with the summer interns. FOX News has a great summer intern program. (Note: Summer Application Deadline was March 15, 2007). FOX puts lots of effort into making sure the interns learn something during the summer and get an idea of what the new business is all about. Because it is such a great summer program, it can be competitive to get one of the internships.
Yesterday there were about 150 plus interns at my talk in the New York bureau, so you have some idea of the size of the program (and I assume not everyone showed up.) As part of the program, over the course of the summer, the FOX anchors and correspondents meet with the interns for an hour to an hour and one half. FOX asked me to travel from Washington to specifically do this — so this gives you an idea of how much FNC bends over backwards trying to make sure the interns get to meet many in the company. In other words, FNC takes pride in its program, too. As an aside, I do like doing it.
I asked the interns how the other anchors did speaking to them and apparently Shepard Smith was quite a hit (he is every year) — but they did specifically say they liked hearing from all the anchors since each has his or her own idea about the news business and each has different advice. I also learned from the interns yesterday that former interns, now FOX employees, meet with them. I think this is a great idea since these colleagues of mine can give them the best idea of how to convert a summer internship into a full-time job at Fox. As for me, I sort of stumbled into the business back in 1991 with the trial of William Kennedy Smith... it was not part of a giant plan.
I spent most of the time answering questions. I suppose their favorite answer (provoked by a specific question) was my recounting of my worst moments on air. Yes, we have all had them... those times when you want to slit your throat. I listed a few and they all laughed (I can laugh now, too.) I missed telling them one a colleague reminded me of later: It was one of those horrible times on air that I don't think I could ever possibly have forgotten it, but conveniently did yesterday — no doubt a defense mechanism, but it WAS funny. I guess I will now have to save that one for next year.
After I spent time with the interns I met with our Web site people. We have some new plans in the works on our show page and here on the blog... you will see them in about 10 days. I need to get some training to implement the new plans and can't do the training until after next week (I am on the road next week and thus unable to do the training.) I am very excited about the new plans… so stay tuned.
By the way, e-mail me your video e-mail questions for the legal panel... I am going to collect a few, show them on the air and have the panel answer them. Here is where to e-mail the video questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
Don't have a clue on how to use a video camera on the computer (I can barely figure out my cell phone) and therefore, am asking you and your legal panel what ringtones sound off when your/their gadgets go off.
You thought going through a 45 minute tape was too time consuming, try picking a ringtone for a cell phone, ugh.
E-mail No. 2
My wife has written and you have answered, that was surprising, but very nice — thanks! I do have a comment about WWE, deaths etc. I don't understand why it is so puzzling about deaths, drug use etc., when you live a violent life like they do then what do you expect, you take that home just like many football players, become very abusive and treat your loved ones just like you treat your opponents on the file or in the ring. Certainly not an excuse but reality!
Love your show and your honesty. Love it that you love animals.
E-mail No. 3
I agree with Mr. Well's brother. Brian isn't here to defend himself. I served six years in the Navy and spent the past 35 years as a teacher, coach, and school administrator. I also spent 20 years as a firefighter, fire inspector, fire marshal, probation officer, and director of a juvenile boot camp. I currently serve as principal of an after-school program for academically at-risk inner city children. I have spent my entire life as a public servant.
In my work I have heard every lie and story conceivable and some truly unbelievable. I have worked in some really bizarre situations and cases. Brian Wells isn't here to tell his side of the story. For any prosecutor to believe the stories concocted by a bunch of psychopaths is unconscionable. No self respecting person in law enforcement, or the courts, would believe the story of people like we are witnessing in this case. The behavior of this prosecutor indicates her lack of experience and incompetence.
I honestly believe Brian Wells was a victim in this crime. He should be vindicated! They have NO case against him apart from the words of a group of dirt bags (aka psychopaths and career criminals).
St. Paris, OH
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