How interesting that, more than 15 hours after I filed my report, Dare We Hope A Deal Has Been Struck…?, Variety has finally caught up. Without credit, of course.
Editor-in-Chief Nikki Finke - tip her here.
This article was printed from http://www.deadline.com/2007/11/varietys-motto-better-late-than-never/
Knowing Variety, the probably did steal it from you, or maybe a gigantic studio stole it from you and then gave to their official organ, Variety. But as far as the optimistic news went, I was fretting about it all weekend…because Sam Rubin led with it on Friday’s KTLA Morning Show. And no, this isn’t Sam writing this. But probably only ’cause he’s still at work.
I’m not surprised in the least that they didn’t credit you. Certain rags are notorious for not only not crediting but attacking your character if you even ask them to. Believe me! I learned the hard way not to even ask them to properly credit my site when they have taken entire pages and posted them as if they had gotten the info themselves. I hate the strike but the good part of it for me was finding your site! You are a gem.
Almost all of Variety’s revenue comes from ads placed by the studios in both the pages of Daily Variety and Weekly Variety.
And the lion’s share of *that* comes from ads placed in Variety’s so-called “Special Issues.” (These advertorials are a journalistic conflict-of-interest where the editors actually meet with the PR people of the subject of the issue to determine the content of the stories, the angles and even tone. And the “Special” is then presented in the guise of balanced journalism. A colleague of mine who briefly worked there said to me once: “I’ve never seen anything like it.” He left shortly thereafter before guilt-by-association robbed him of all of his journalistic credibility.)
It’s all driven by industry ads.
And so Variety hires and promotes “journalists” who are through-and-through apologists for corporate media. It’s who pays their salaries and benefits. They’re not going to piss in that well. They’re not that stupid. Oh sure, they let Peter Bart call them names once in a while in his “column.” But that’s only to “prove” that they (the execs) are tough enough to take it and it allows Bart to continue to believe he’s relevant.
What *is* stupid are TV news shows that get Variety reporters to report/comment on the strike. That’s no different than having Karl Rove comment on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and pretending that what he says is totally lacking in self-interest. Oh, wait they do that on Fox. Well, you get the picture.
Wouldn’t Variety be the perfect mouthpiece for Red China to cover their upcoming Olympics… singing the praise of the government and their wonderful way of life?
“Industrial Air Pollution — a glorious sign of progress”
“Uses for black phlegm — more than just shoe polish”
“Our homeless — the meat of your chow suey” (tastes like chicken)
And a one page ad–
READ THE RED BOOK — THE ONLY TRUTH
Hmmm… that might be the trades slogan too.
I would enjoy your column more without the bitchy backbiting.
“I would enjoy your column more without the bitchy backbiting.”
I find it amusing and appropriate.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Proverbs 16: 18
I’m with John.
Well, ripping off without credit is the sincerest form of flattery! And it’s the Hollywood Way, after all, right?
We here know the truth. Kudos to you, Nikki!
Nikki, keep up the good work.
I rather read your whole site than even one letter of Variety.
Greetings from Holland Europe!
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