What a hypocrite. After Variety‘s Mike Fleming recently and unfairly criticized blogs for even once reporting a rumor, he today did just that. He posted how there was a “rumor” that film label Fox Atomic may be closing and admitted he didn’t have even a single source to confirm or deny it. Variety even emailed an alert about the rumor. I heard this same rumor on Friday and didn’t post — and I won’t until somebody high up confirms or denies it — because it would panic the people who work there. As a Fox exec tells me: “Shitty to report rumors when no one has been told.” All I can surmise is that Fleming and his (un)trustworthy trade must be desperate to get noticed.
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