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Words fail me (WGA strike)


Words fail me
by Ed Naha | Nov 28 2007 - 9:53am |

With stories of war, governmental avarice and global calamities hitting the news cycles hourly, sometimes a story slips by that, while important, doesn't have the immediate sting of a catastrophic event. One such story is the ongoing strike by the screen and television writers of America.

Go ahead, snort and roll your eyes. Get it out of your system. According to a lot of media reports, these writers are greedy Hollywood types; you know: lazy, over-paid, latte swilling, no-talents who aren't content with having two Porsches in their driveways and a yearly paycheck of $200,000! Heck, even I wouldn't have sympathy for those pinheads...and I am one!

Having been a member of the Writers Guild of America for twenty (fairly) odd years, I'm amazed at how the reporting of this strike resembles something concocted by Lewis Carroll on acid. When the strike began, a month ago, ABC ran the following headline on its Internetz site: "Inside the WGA - Even at $400k a Week, A Million Insecurities." Had they tossed in references to Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith, they would have won the TMZ trifecta award for Hollywood hackology: bling, bad girls and big boobs go wild! (Or go on strike.)

(For the record, if you are the one writer making $400k a week, adopt me.)

What astonishes me about the strike coverage is that,
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