December 30, 2013

Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in 1996, at a press conference announcing the creation of Fox News. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

The Erik Wemple Blog rarely receives responses to the requests that we send to the Fox News PR operation, which is why we experienced a brief moment of delight yesterday. After sending an interview request to Fox News PR honcho Irena Briganti, a reply came right back! An automated reply, that is. It said, in part, “I will be out of office until January 2. If this is re: FOX News, please contact Dana Klinghoffer at [e-mail] or Carly Shanahan at [e-mail].”

We followed orders and passed along the request to Klinghoffer, who also replied right away: “I will be out of the office through January 3rd. During this time, please contact Carly Shanahan at [e-mail].”

OK, it all now rested on Shanahan, who also got right back to us: “I am currently out of the office, returning Monday, December 30th. For any media inquiries while I am away, please reach out to Dana Klinghoffer at [e-mail].”

So: Who’s going to take on the tough work of not replying to our media request?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.