Jesse LaGreca, one of the budding stars of the Occupy Wall Street movement who we profiled on Tuesday, told the New York Observer Wednesday, even though having his incisive comments cut by Fox's Greta Van Susteren was the thing that got him famous, he wouldn't want to appear on the network. The 31-year-old New York-based writer (for Daily Kos, among others) has already picked out who he wants to do a broadcast interview with. The Observer reports:
When asked if he would be willing to go on Fox News and finally get to tell his side of the story, Mr. LaGreca surprisingly demurred. “I don’t want to go on with anyone who has a history of misconstruing people’s statements. There’s certain networks that I have an obvious bias against. But there are people like Keith Olbermann, Dylan Ratigan…Jim Axelrod, who was a total gentleman. I’m willing to give anyone a fair shake. I’m willing to talk.”
But though he's become something of a darling among the media outlets covering the protest closely, LaGreca says he's no spokesman for the movement. "I’m not a spokesperson for anyone but myself," he told the Observer. Still, he has some pretty professional-sounding PR tips for other protesters asked for interviews, including recording the exchange themselves, having a message ready in advance, and telling a touching personal anecdote to drive the point home. Note to PR firms: Snap this guy up and give him some health insurance.