In the New York magazine profile earlier this month, Andrew Ross Sorkin said that one of the ways he's able to land big sources is by not being "adversarial or coming to the table with an ax to grind." The piece also claimed that many of ARS's colleagues at the Times think it has to do with the fact that he's too buddy-buddy with his high-profile pals, and goes way too easy on them in print. Not true, says Joe Scarborough. Not only is it a lie that Sorkin's reporting process entails calling up CEO's and asking for their side of the story, scheduling a meeting and suggesting he wait outside while a PR person asks some pre-approved questions, the answers of which are transcribed into a column, but these guys are horrified of ARS. So much so, Scarborough said in a radio show with Sorkin this morning, that just being told Times-boy is on the line causes them to "lose control of their bowels."
Scarborough also claims that besides literally scaring the shit out of these guys, Sorkin is "so frightening" that they had to come to his book party and "bow down" to him. We didn't see any head bobbing at the Too Big To Fail soiree but perhaps it went on in a backroom. Anywho, let's do an informal poll: do Jamie Dimon, John Mack, Ken Griffin, Billy Ackman et al soil themselves at the sound of the letters "A-R-S?" And what are we to infer from the fact that Blankfein was a no show to Sorkin's big night?
Scarborough: You offended a lot of people with your book, didn't you?
Scarborough: Like a lot of Wall Street types.
ARS: Some were unhappy campers.
Scarborough:They're scared of you; so they have to come and bow to you at book parties, don't they?
ARS:I don't know if they have to bow.
Scarborough: They're scared of you aren't they?
ARS: There might be a couple...hopefully not too many...I'm not too scary a guy.
Scarborough: When 60 Minutes used to call people it was the scariest call. Now it's "Sir, Andrew Ross Sorkin on line three" and they defecate in their pants. They lose control of their bowels.
ARS: Can you say that on the radio?
Scarborough: I just did. And guess what? A lot of Wall Street people listen to us.
ARS: I don't think I'm that scary.
Scarborough: You're frightening.
ARS: On certain occasions.