His origin story sounds like a well crafted children's book. Just apply yourself kiddies and anything is possible. Let's hear the man explain it. In the Cornell Chronicle, a writer explains,
"If you had ever told me I'd be standing here, I would have laughed at you," Sorkin said, noting he spent much of his time at Cornell writing for the Times, which published 71 of his articles before he graduated.
He said he "always had a passion for journalism and the media," and founded a sports magazine at age 15. "It was a remarkable education in how persistence, more than talent, really can get you much further than you could ever imagine," Sorkin said. "People don't like to say no."
When the magazine failed three years later and Sorkin needed a summer job, he wrote Stuart Elliot, the advertising columnist for the Times -- persistently.
Elliot finally accepted him as an unpaid summer employee. "I was ecstatic," Sorkin said. "I was now going to The New York Times for five weeks to Xerox and staple. [Elliot] actually got me a business card that said 'Xerox and Staple Bitch.'"
But not for long. After a chance encounter with an editor by the fax machine, Sorkin wrote an article for the paper that caught the attention of the editors in chief. Soon, he was promoted to "reporter" and has worked for the Times ever since.
"If you actually have a passion about something, and you care about it, and you really want to do it, you can," Sorkin said to the students in the audience. "Send the e-mail. Make the phone call. People do not want to say no."Wow. That is a really sweet story about how pluck and persistence can get you a job with the most powerful paper in the world >dismissive wanking<. Clark Kent has a better cover story for why he is always missing when Superman is around. Even the New York media spins the hustler story. They miss the elephant in the room.
How about this one? Sorkin was hired because of his dad. Not his dad making a phone call (which most likely happened), but his father existing as a partner at Cahill Gordon and Reindel LLP. Sorkin graduated from Cornell in '99 (working for the NY Times while in college), and became an M&A reporter in London, then "chief mergers and acquisitions reporter, based in New York". What does Andrew's dad do? Laurence Sorkin "advises in connection with all aspects of antitrust law such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, competitor collaborations, distribution and licensing practices, and price discrimination" (Cahill wiki entry). Cahill has an office in London, too. Laurence does the legal work. Andrew reports on potential M&As. How convenient! How does he gets those scoops and sources? Hypothetically, I think a dad would break attorney-client privilege for their son. At the least, he could nudge him in the right direction. I also think a dad would tell his son who to call for a source. It would be one hell of an 'in' to have him as your dad as you cultivate a source. After decades of M&A litigation and counsel, Papa Sorkin's digital black book must be valuable.
That is what the NY Times saw. They had am ambitious kid itching to write and make it as a journalist who just happened to have a connected dad. The Times brought in little Sorkin to get access to Papa Sorkin's network of information. He can spin a story of being someone's bitch for a summer, but that doesn't hide the fact that he was given a primo opportunity while still a teen for which millions of little Nancy Drew do-gooders would kill. M&A activity since the mid '90s has been absurd, so the Sorkin source was a valuable one. Andrew Ross Sorkin is now just another media tool of the banks and government. Naked Capitalism takes it to him often. Sheila Baer thought he was a twerp in her book. Sorkin also helped poison the well on PPIP, which is partly good had the program been allowed to be rigged (Barofsky wouldn't allow it) but the program could've been good if he hadn't turned congressmen against it with his articles. Instead of PPIP, the banks exchanged their garbage securities at higher values with the FED. Thanks Andrew. I tip my hat to the cathedral here, as they nabbed a good one while young. Sorkin is right. People do not want to say no. They just want to check out your parents first.
*Never knew him at Cornell.