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Chick is Hot

Dealbreaker admits what we all know to be true.

There comes a time in every Amherst student’s life when she must put aside the feelings of hate that stir in her body for the vile weed that is Williams College and say, in the face of Williams alum Erin Burnett: this chick is hot.

Indeed.

Dealbook links to this article.

For the coming war between CNBC and Rupert Murdoch’s planned Fox Business Channel, the scrappy incumbent is grooming a secret weapon.

That weapon is a petite, blue-eyed brunette who makes her home at a cluttered desk in a cramped studio overlooking the New York Stock Exchange, where she is typically typing furiously on a laptop or asking questions by phone. Erin Burnett, 31, is a co-host on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street (weekdays at 9 a.m. ET), solo anchor of Street Signs (2 p.m. ET) and a frequent guest on network shows, including NBC’s Today. Since making her debut on Squawk during its relaunch in December 2005, the program is up 142% over first quarter 2006 in adults 25-54; Street Signs is up 57% in the demo.

Burnett rises every morning at 5 a.m. and hops in a car bound for the NYSE. Once there, she makes calls, checks e-mail, sets up potential guests and reads the papers–all while getting her hair blown-out and her makeup applied. “She’s a natural,” says Jonathan Wald, senior VP of business news for CNBC. “She’s both energetic and solicitous, but she never appears fawning.”

Just like EphBlog!? On the hotness issue:

Does it matter that some critics see her as just another pretty anchor? “Let’s be honest,” Burnett says. “It is a factor. Initially. But if you want to be good and if you want to be at the top of your game, you have to know the material, and you have to love it. Otherwise, regardless of your looks or your age or whatever, you won’t have any staying power.”

Correct. Burnett would not have gotten hired (or been successfu) if she were not both attractive and smart. Previous discussion here.

Do you think it is a coincidence that so many attractive women work at CNBC? I don’t. If Erin were ugly, she would not have the job that she has. This doesn’t mean (obviously!) that she also isn’t smart and hard-working, but only the PC police would pretend that sex doesn’t sell.

And not just at CNBC! Do you think that the Goldman Sachs recruiters are blind? Do you think that it is a coincidence that so many junior GS analysts are also attractive? Wrong! Note that this is not just true of female GS hires from Williams (i.e., Erin Burnett and Bethany McLean ’92) but also of male hires (Richard Georgi ’87).

Words of wisdom for fall interviews.

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#1 Comment By ’05 On August 27, 2007 @ 9:10 am

Just write her an e-mail and get over it, David. You’re a married man.

#2 Comment By David ’06 On August 27, 2007 @ 10:58 am

Haha, I for one do not mind the recent focus on Erin Burnett. Maria 2.0? Who’s Maria?

#3 Comment By Anonymous On August 27, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

Unrelated to this post, but check out the Dining Services new website. It’s really awesome:

http://www.williams.edu/admin/dining/

#4 Comment By Anonymous On August 27, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

Oh my god, you’re right. The Dining Services website IS awesome.

#5 Comment By Anonymous On August 27, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

Please keep comments on topic or we will be forced to delete them.

Thanks.

#6 Comment By Gondo On August 28, 2007 @ 11:20 am

Gear up for all Erin, all-the-time. Honestly, are we going to have the pleasure of seeing every media mention of her highlighted on Ephblog?

Sad to see the demise of the Doghouse fron Williams Dining Services. I will take two antacids in memorium.

#7 Comment By Anonymous On August 30, 2007 @ 12:32 am

Not everyone who is hired for a TV gig is “hot” ( e.g. Rosie O’Donnell ). Really, what it comes down to is presence before a camera, and the intellectual capacity and drive to take on the demands of the job. Why the puerile urge to constantly objectify this particular woman ( or anyone ) because of her appearance, David? It’s not only off-point, it’s offensive and juvenile.

The loss of the Doghouse from Dining Services is sad indeed, but there is already talk of bringing it back in the future if enough support can be drummed up. The new Dining Services website is impressive.

#8 Comment By frank uible On August 30, 2007 @ 2:26 am

It is recommended that on Tuesdays Ephblog begin to feature skin pics. For the purposes of this new feature Pamela Anderson is hereby nominated to be the standing Big Busted (and Wasp Waisted) Blonde Bombshell of the Blog. David, in execution of this matter you are entreated to remember to keep it extremely tasteful in keeping with EphBlog’s high journalistic standards so as to avoid treading on my tender sensibilities and those of others.

#9 Comment By David ’06 On August 30, 2007 @ 8:20 am

Amazing.

#10 Comment By Jeff Z. On August 30, 2007 @ 9:27 am

Kane will have the last laugh when he makes millions marketing his “Ephblog Babes” calendar to the loyal readers of this site, featuring Erin (Ms. January), Katie Couric (Ms. February), and Molly Shattuck (March through December). It’s only a shame he never unearthed the name of the rumored undergrad porn actress.

#11 Comment By rory On August 30, 2007 @ 9:48 am

Jeff–fear not. Anyone with facebook when that unsurfaced knows! Kane can find her if he wants (though, after finding her, I forgot her name, so I can’t help much)

#12 Comment By RyPay On August 30, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

You can’t see the free 30 second clip anymore on the site. Now you have to pay. What a shame…

#13 Comment By Just stop On September 1, 2007 @ 12:18 am

Kane, no matter how much you post she won’t sleep with you. Not then and not now.