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Democratic presidential candidates back WGA, some more than others

Variety’s Wilshire & Washington blogger, Ted Johnson, notes that presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have each released statements throwing their support to the striking writers. However, some sent more love than others. In reverse order:

Clinton: “I support the Writers Guild’s pursuit of a fair contract that pays them for their work in all mediums,” Clinton said in a statement. “I hope the producers and writers will return to the bargaining table to work out an equitable contract that keeps our entertainment industry strong and recognizes the contributions writers make to the success of the industry.”

Edwards: “The striking Writers Guild members are fighting an important battle to protect their creative rights. These writers deserve to be compensated fairly for their work, and I commend their courage in standing up to big media conglomerates. As someone who has walked picket lines with workers all across America and as a strong believer in collective bargaining, I hope that both sides are able to quickly reach a just settlement.”

Obama: “I stand with the writers. The guild’s demand is a test of whether media corporations are going to give writers a fair share of the wealth their work creates or continue concentrating profits in the hands of their executives. I urge the producers to work with the writers so that everyone can get back to work.”

As Johnson notes, the stances of Clinton and Obama are in direct opposition to some of the moguls supporting their campaigns, including News Corp.’s Peter Chernin and Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn (Clinton) and “Sony’s Michael Lynton, Universal’s Ron Meyer and DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen have each co-hosted events for Obama.”

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