Variety Editorial

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Spun again

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With an army of 15,000 journalists in New York covering the Republican National Convention, media organizations should be expected to do a banner job of cutting through the spin and keeping the…

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Dropping the ball

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To the editor: With your editorial “Life of the Parties” (Aug. 3) Daily Variety officially became the 1 millionth publication to bemoan the “dismal TV ratings” for the Democratic National Convention…

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Olympics in HD

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To the editor, I am a TV programming and sponsorship development consultant who has 18 years of experience programming major market broadcast stations and a major cable network. I’m writing to…

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TV biz on the ropes

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CBS chief Leslie Moonves’ message to TV critics at the TCA’s summer press tour was refreshingly blunt: “It’s the programming, stupid.” It’s a message that TV execs should take seriously at a time…

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Election: No kidding

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Ribald, celebrity-encrusted press club dinners are an old tradition in Washington. For years events like the Gridiron Dinner have seen politicians breaking bread with entertainers and journalists…

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Plugs in the plexes

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“The Terminal,” the jetset comedy that hits theaters this weekend, is the story of a man trapped in an airport transit lounge, bombarded by ads for American brands and consumer items — Starbucks…

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A new script for E?

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Few TV shows have terrorized Hollywood's movie star community as effectively as "Celebrities Uncensored," a reality skein on E! shot by the paparazzi who prowl the Sunset Strip, capturing embarassing…

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Let ‘9/11′ be seen

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The intrigues surrounding “Fahrenheit 9/11″ continue to defy precedent. Having won Cannes’ Palme d’Or, the Michael Moore documentary still seems caught in limbo, without a release date or even a…

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