There's a couple of wish-I-had-that-back emails in the media news today. On his way out of the door at "Access Hollywood" (to host "The Insider"), anchor Pat O'Brien tried hard to make correspondent Shaun Robinson cry. Page Six has the email, which O'Brien says was sent rashly and has apologized for:
"Shaun...I have never known anybody so disliked in a newsroom and it's well deserved. You push people to the limits and you are so needy and demanding...You have the worst reputation I've ever seen in the business...and your constant attempt to get me fired was such a joke to everybody it was hard to contain the laughter...I've never worked with anybody so conflicted and sad and insecure and so needy...and it must be sad for you to realize that you are literally hated by most."
I think he likes her. Meanwhile, Gawker has the threatening email that Page Six gossip Ian Spiegelman sent to a romantic rival, writer Doug Dechert. After the Daily News got the email, Spiegelman was fired.
"Doug...I am not like anyone you've come up against and I don't consider there to be any rules in this. I break aging trust fund pussies like you as a matter of course. If you think you can bring it, then bring it, faggot...I'm better, stronger and smarter than you, you little Nancy. If I wanted to take your girl out, I would. You have nothing I can't take away from you, you non-man...I will break your back over my knee in the press and I will push your face inside-out in private or public...You picked a fight with someone who doesn't sleep until he's paid it back, you limp little woman."
Sounds like he's got masculinity issues. It reminds that email is easy to send and impossible to take back once you hit the button. Several years ago, an L.A. Times reporter wrote an email to a colleague joking about the purple hair of LAT editor Shelby Coffey's son — and then, after hitting "Send," realized in horror that he had sent the message to Coffey himself. Shelby laughed it off, but the reporter had some anxious hours and days worrying about fallout.