This story sensationalized itself. As initially reported by BuzzFeed, Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, last week requested a correction from the Daily Caller regarding a story on transportation funding. Her stern appeal, however, rankled Daily Caller staffers, one of which termed her e-mail “whiny.” Things got much worse when Buckley Carlson, brother of top Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson and an occasional contributor to the site, somehow broke into the conversation with an ill-advised “reply all.” As a result, this paragraph, heavily edited here in compliance with Washington Post standards, leaked to the public:
Great response. Whiny little self-righteous b[—-]. “Appalling?”
And with such an ironic name, too… Spitalnick? Ironic because you just know she has extreme d[—]-fright; no chance has this girl ever had a pearl necklace. [Synonym for sperm]neck? I don’t think so. More like [unspeakable].
Daily Caller management threw its weight behind those words when Tucker Carlson was asked about them: “I just talked to my brother about his response, and he assures me he meant it in the nicest way,” said Carlson.
Such behavior seemed like an appropriate matter to place before Friess, who has invested more than $3 million in the Daily Caller. In response to a series of questions, Friess said via e-mail that more significant troubles plague this world: “Erik [Wemple Blog], I am embarrassed for you…..why would you take my time and for that matter…………Your time to concern yourself with what some private person says about someone he does not admire when Kurds,,,,,America’s boots on the ground,,,,, are being killed as you read this return email,” wrote Friess.
And the rest:
To expose a private email to the public to gain rankings by highlighting nastiness does not heal our divided world or bring credit to you as a person. Be an encourager and respecter of women. By exposing Buckley Carlson’s nasty email while putting him in a bad light also denigrates Amy Spitalnick.Scrub your story and lets figure out a way we could reconcile them. There is way too much nastiness and negativity in the world without sensationalizing it. You are too much of a nice guy to indulge in Jerry Springer issues. God bless, Foster***
Bold text included to propose an idea: An apology.
When asked whether she’d received such a thing from the Daily Caller, Spitalnick responded, “I have not.”