Earlier this week, a reader wrote me to tell me that the media is exploding over Erin Burnett’s Men’s Health article. I don’t know how I missed all the news, but I give many thanks go to Sam for updating me.
Regular readers may remember that I wrote Why I Would Not Impress CNBC’s Erin Burnett. Dealbreaker claims their own Bess Levin first brought attention to Erin Burnett’s desires in a man. Depending on your definition of “attention”, I would like to claim the honor of bringing the article to light. Ms. Levin’s article was published four days after mine had spent some time on various social networks.
News stories tend to spread quickly. The NY Post picked up the story and it is currently listed as their most e-mailed article. This lead to the Huffington Post picking up the article as well. When two organizations of that size pick up story and it become popular, many new organizations are going to follow. A look at a Google search for seems to show quite a few of them. While I’m disappointed to not be referenced in any of them, but happily I’m near the top of the list – even ahead of Dealbreaker’s article.
Readers of those articles only got the message that she seems to be a “material girl.” I wanted to stress that she lives in a different world than the average Joe. When you talk with Wall Street executives every day, the value of a dollar is simply skewed. Secondly, the context of the article was not mentioned. The Men’s Health article in the magazine was on a page titled, “Let Your Money Grow.” Men’s Health got off extraordinarily easily for posting something completely counterproductive to their message. It’s simply as irresponsible as advocating their readers go on an all donut diet.