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Why you shouldn't call Fox News's Pat Caddell and greet him with 'Hi, Pat

Some background: Author Zev Chafets recently published a generally positive biography on Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. A similar book, though largely speculated to contain more gritty details about Ailes and Fox, is due out later this year by New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman. Many Fox News personnel have attacked Sherman, who has released small scoops regarding Fox leading up to the publication of his book.

The saga continues with Democratic Strategist and Fox News contributor Pat Caddell...

In a Friday column for FoxNews.com, Caddell details a long and boring tiff he's had with a former colleague of his in President Jimmy Carter's administration. Sherman has placed himself in the center of it by contacting Caddell on Thursday for more information about the dispute between Caddell and his old colleague (information which Caddell says is easily available by Google).

Caddell writes:

One thing is sure: Sherman is not short on chutzpah. ... Sherman called me on the phone and said, “Hi, Pat.” There’s some chutzpah right there. I have never met Sherman, I never gave him my number, and, indeed, as a general practice, I don’t take calls from people to whom I haven’t given my number. ...

Frankly, Mr. Sherman, you are an embarrassment to the journalistic trade, and if your book is in the same vein, it will be an embarrassment to your publisher and a disservice to the reading public.

Please take my advice: Grow up, get a life, and most of all, leave me alone. Got that?


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