Monday, February 18, 2002 @ 12:03 AM
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Sn
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According to The New York Post, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was invited on ABC's late night news show World News Now last Thursday to deliver a two-minute commentary about the Enron scandal but lifted his speech from the Internet and ruffled the feathers of some of the Network suits. Snider's humorous rant on "Enron venture capitalism" was lifted from an email that's been widely circulated on the Internet called "Enron's Cows," a take-off on the way capitalism works.
"You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies," said Snider. He then gave the Enron version: "You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company. After a debt equity swap, a tax exemption, and a transfer of milk rights to a Cayman Island company, there are eight cows and an option on one more."
ABC execs realized Snider, who is now a voice on MSNBC, borrowed his material from the web and allegedly banned him from returning to the show. A network insider told Page Six that Snider was not under contract and the didn't get paid for the spot.
The spokesman, who said he was unaware of the cow flap, stressed that the low-rated "World News Now" has a history of quirkiness.
"It's a different kind of show," he explained. "We have an accordion player who comes in once a week and plays the 'World News Now Polka.' It's not like we have Dee Snider in there sitting next to Peter Jennings."