Fox News? F that.

Today I received a facebook message from a Hamilton College student who is an intern at Fox News. She read about my co-ed living arrangement in the CSMonitor. She sent me and my roommate the following identical facebook messages:

Matt,
Hi im an intern working with the Big Story on Fox News. We were reading about you and yourfriend Janet being able to live together in the same dorm room and we are hoping to do a segment on this new co-ed living policy on our show. We were wondering if you and your roomate would be willing to come on the air and talk about living co-ed.
If you have any questions please dont hesitiate to contact me.

I sent her the following response:

Allie,
As progressive, compassionate, thoughtful and informed people, Janet and I are deeply opposed to Fox News, and all that it does and stands for. We suspect that during such an appearance, the hosts of the program would attack us with hostile condemnations of our living arrangement borne of their social conservatism and desire to please a base viewership of arrogantly puritanical Evangelical Christians. For these reasons, we do not wish to appear on the program, and would appreciate if our names, personal information, or the name of our college were not mentioned by Fox News on air or in print, for fear of a torrent of emails from angry heartland crusaders.
Thank you for understanding,
Matthew Danzig

Janet (my roommate) sent a slightly more tactful response:

Thanks for the opportunity, Allie, but I don’t think so. I’d rather not be on TV, and I’m not a big fan of Fox News.

I thought she took it pretty well in stride. Here’s her response to me:

you could have just said no. But thanks for the string of sat vocab glad to see fox has you fired up. Best of luck!

Thought you guys might find this little exchange interesting.

22 thoughts on “Fox News? F that.

  1. Anonymous

    i wouldn’t call Allie, an intern from Hamilton, one of the ‘big jerkfaces in the world.’ Come on guys, I don’t take myself that seriously. I just thought the contrast between my and janet’s responses was comical.-danzig

  2. Anonymous

    i wouldn’t call Allie, an intern from Hamilton, one of the ‘big jerkfaces in the world.’ Come on guys, I don’t take myself that seriously. I just thought the contrast between my and janet’s responses was comical.
    -danzig

  3. Anonymous

    What Danzig doesn’t realize is that although he thinks he’s standing tall against the big jerkfaces in the world, it really is often him that is the jerkface. Unfortunate.

  4. Anonymous

    What Danzig doesn’t realize is that although he thinks he’s standing tall against the big jerkfaces in the world, it really is often him that is the jerkface. Unfortunate.

  5. Anonymous

    i fucking loved mr. pibb. that was the only beverage that brought me happiness since my wife died. now i’m old and lonely.

  6. Anonymous

    i fucking loved mr. pibb. that was the only beverage that brought me happiness since my wife died. now i’m old and lonely.

  7. D.S.

    Your response was overstated, judgemental, and unfair to Fox News and Christians. In relation to your WesSpeak which was critical of our Trustees and Wesleyan’s future (I disagreed with much of your analysis), appearing on Fox News would act as a public theater to subvert Wesleyan’s new emphasis on athletes and mainstream, lucrative students. Ya, Wes wouldn’t post your story as a website headline, so fuck them, go talk about it on Fox News while the conservative commentators conclude that Wesleyan “represents all that is wrong in American higher education.” Thus we win! Once again, a missed opportunity. The Psi U Ampersand article was straight-up offensive and unfunny.

  8. D.S.

    Your response was overstated, judgemental, and unfair to Fox News and Christians. In relation to your WesSpeak which was critical of our Trustees and Wesleyan’s future (I disagreed with much of your analysis), appearing on Fox News would act as a public theater to subvert Wesleyan’s new emphasis on athletes and mainstream, lucrative students. Ya, Wes wouldn’t post your story as a website headline, so fuck them, go talk about it on Fox News while the conservative commentators conclude that Wesleyan “represents all that is wrong in American higher education.” Thus we win! Once again, a missed opportunity.

    The Psi U Ampersand article was straight-up offensive and unfunny.

  9. Anonymous

    Multi-gendered one room doubles are a possibility. Kate Gavriel & Travis Fitzgerald lived in a 1 room double last semester.As gender-neutral pairings are generally not allowed for freshmen and generally no one other than freshmen lives in one room doubles, however, it’s rare.

  10. Anonymous

    Multi-gendered one room doubles are a possibility. Kate Gavriel & Travis Fitzgerald lived in a 1 room double last semester.

    As gender-neutral pairings are generally not allowed for freshmen and generally no one other than freshmen lives in one room doubles, however, it’s rare.

  11. Anonymous

    But don’t Matt and Janet actually live in separate rooms? Why is this even an issue? Do we even have any multi-gendered one room doubles on campus?

  12. Anonymous

    But don’t Matt and Janet actually live in separate rooms? Why is this even an issue? Do we even have any multi-gendered one room doubles on campus?

  13. A. Kathryn Pachner

    DIDN’T he show it to the public? It’s on the internet.also stop being anonymous.also, I enjoy Mr. Pibb I just like Powerade more. cost-benefit analysis.

  14. A. Kathryn Pachner

    DIDN’T he show it to the public? It’s on the internet.

    also stop being anonymous.

    also, I enjoy Mr. Pibb I just like Powerade more. cost-benefit analysis.

  15. Anonymous

    “And best case scenario would probably have been to figure out a way to represent Wesleyan and coed dorms awesomely. On Fox news.”Have you watched that channel before??I disagree with your analysis of his remarks. It may have been a little fired, but it was sadly pretty accurate. Plus, it wasn’t like those his letter was shown to the public. He just let off a bit of steam to a hapless intern.

  16. Anonymous

    “And best case scenario would probably have been to figure out a way to represent Wesleyan and coed dorms awesomely. On Fox news.”
    Have you watched that channel before??
    I disagree with your analysis of his remarks. It may have been a little fired, but it was sadly pretty accurate. Plus, it wasn’t like those his letter was shown to the public. He just let off a bit of steam to a hapless intern.

  17. A. Kathryn Pachner

    I think the way you responded is really close minded and pretty much fulfills the expectation that liberals are just as narrow minded as conservatives. Also, I think you should refrain from making statements like, “we would appreciate if… the name of our college [was] not mentioned by Fox news on air or in print”. You do not represent the entire Wesleyan student body. And how can you call Evangelical Christians as a plural “arrogantly puritanical”? That is really, REALLY ignorant and upsetting to me (although I don’t happen to be an Evangelical Christian). I think you would have seemed much more mature and intelligent if you had not had such an overblown response.And best case scenario would probably have been to figure out a way to represent Wesleyan and coed dorms awesomely. On Fox news.

  18. A. Kathryn Pachner

    I think the way you responded is really close minded and pretty much fulfills the expectation that liberals are just as narrow minded as conservatives. Also, I think you should refrain from making statements like, “we would appreciate if… the name of our college [was] not mentioned by Fox news on air or in print”. You do not represent the entire Wesleyan student body. And how can you call Evangelical Christians as a plural “arrogantly puritanical”? That is really, REALLY ignorant and upsetting to me (although I don’t happen to be an Evangelical Christian).

    I think you would have seemed much more mature and intelligent if you had not had such an overblown response.

    And best case scenario would probably have been to figure out a way to represent Wesleyan and coed dorms awesomely. On Fox news.

  19. Anonymous

    should have gone on air and claimed that you actually give free abortions in your room, at least for people who regularly attend your satan-themed dope orgies. also, say you got the idea from howard zinn.

  20. Anonymous

    should have gone on air and claimed that you actually give free abortions in your room, at least for people who regularly attend your satan-themed dope orgies. also, say you got the idea from howard zinn.

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