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: All I know is that this violates every canon of respectable broadcasting. Frank Hackett
: We're not a respectable network. We're a whorehouse network, and we have to take whatever we can get. Nelson Chaney
: Well, I don't want any part of it. I don't fancy myself the president of a whorehouse. Frank Hackett
: That's very commendable of you, Nelson. Now sit down. Your indignation is duly noted; you can always resign tomorrow.
: The affiliates won't carry it. Frank Hackett
: The affiliates will kiss your ass if you can hand them a hit show.
: I argued that television was a volatile industry in which success and failure were determined week by week; Mr. Jensen does not like volatile industries and suggested with a certain sinister silkiness that volatility in business usually reflected bad management.
: Well, the issue is: Shall we kill Howard Beale, or not? I'd like to get some more opinions on that. Diana Christensen
: I don't see we have any options, Frank. Let's kill the son-of-a-bitch.
: Four hours ago I was the Sun God at CCA, Mr. Jensen's handpicked golden boy, the heir apparent. Now I'm a man without a corporation.
: Mr. Jensen is unhappy with Howard Beale and wants him discontinued. Diana Christensen
: He may be unhappy, but he isn't stupid enough to withdraw the number one show on television out of pique. Frank Hackett
: Two billion dollars is not pique! That's the Wrath of God! And the Wrath of God wants Howard Beale fired.
: I'm gonna kill him. I'm gonna impale the son-of-a-bitch with a sharp stick through the heart. I'll take out a contract on him. I'll hire a professional killer; no, I'll do it myself. I'll strangle him with a sash cord.
Man on Phones
: So far, over 900 fucking phone calls complaining about the foul language. Frank Hackett
: [Discussing Beale's poor ratings
] Where's that put us, Diana? Diana Christensen
: That puts us in the shithouse. That's where that puts us.
: The business of management is management.