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March 13, 2011 in anonymousity, broadcast news, morning tv, pop culture news, tv ratings | Tags: ABC News president, Anne Sweeney, Ben Sherwood, Charlie Gibson, David Westin, Good Morning America, James Bogdanoff, Lady Macbeth, new york times style section, Page Six, Shakespeare | by Shelley Ross dailyXpress | 9 comments
DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE: FEEL FREE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Today’s NYT Style section has a strange profile of Ben Sherwood that addresses more of what people think of him than how he’s going to move ABC News into the future. In the profile, the new president of the news division is said to sit in his office, ”at times absently rubbing his hands together as if washing them with soap and water.”
Cue the thunder and lightning, because buried amongst his chosen defenders, the NYT reporter has stumbled on a Shakespearean clue of the tragedy of blind ambition at ABC News.
Ben Sherwood, more than most, has tried his best to write, control and sell his own life narrative to others. So far, he’s been very successful, convincing key consumers, most recently Anne Sweeney, of his greatness and perceived destiny. That’s all fine with me, except when Ben Sherwood’s narrative — the story of “his path,” — infringes upon the true and provable facts of my own.
To draw once more from the wisdom within the pages of Shakespeare’s Macbeth invoked by the NYT reporter: “What need we fear who knows (the truth) when none can call our power to account?”
With that inspiration, I shall begin the challenge of setting my own record straight.
First, here is the full NYT story: Read the rest of this entry »