Mike Fleming

Even though Patrick Goldstein’s dissection of showbiz trade publications in the upcoming Los Angeles Magazine only seems longer (and far less sexy) than Fifty Shades Of Grey, I worried when I read through almost all eight pages that he broke no new ground beyond a self-important declaration he has been offered jobs by some of his subjects. And then suddenly, he made a pronouncement as bold and daring as back to the ’70s, when music critic Jon Landau wrote that he had seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. Just as boldly, Goldstein reveals that he has seen the future of entertainment journalism and it is … The Wrap‘s Jeff Sneider? My first instinct was to instantly understand why the LA Times had put Goldstein out to pasture with early retirement. After all, in his mind, journalism’s answer to Bruce Springsteen is the same guy who attempted to commit Twitter Suicide by declaring that because he’d lost a break on a Chris Nolan deal story, he’d drive into a tree and blame Hollywood for his demise. It was almost career suicide — Variety sacked him — but The Wrap hired him. But since Goldstein wrote sooooo many words in his LA Mag article, he must know what he’s talking about, right? So I began to ponder the ramifications for the craft of trade journalism if Goldstein’s Nostradamus-like prediction is right. Here’s what I came up with:

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