Variety Editorial

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Indecent proposals

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Rare is the day that Viacom, News Corp., SAG, the Writers and Directors Guilds, the ACLU and the Recording Industry Assn. of America speak in a single voice. But these groups have joined the First…

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News matters

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And now for something completely different: live TV network coverage of a serious public debate. On Thursday morning, CBS, ABC and other webs will broadcast live coverage of President Bush’s national…

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Dollars and sense

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Jack Valenti’s annual ShoWest report Tuesday on American box office trends is sure to leave Hollywood with the queasy feeling of a bleary-eyed tourist who barely survives a Las Vegas bender: Everyone…

Radio static

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Print publications, thankfully, are not subjected to a seven-second delay. So we can broadcast this opinion live: Viacom’s zero-tolerance radio decree is the most pathetic piece of fallout from the…

Pushing buttons

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Befitting a bloated media event like the Super Bowl, the Janet Jackson halftime episode is already one of the most over-covered stories in showbiz history. Its most alarming outcome, however, risks…

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Don’t shut down town

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The guilds need to get it together. Studios and talent agencies, as Daily Variety reported Tuesday, are starting to gird for a potential work stoppage pending negotiations by the Screen Actors Guild…

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Dubious debate

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A correction was made to this article at 11:48 p.m. “The Reagans” was a work of fiction. It had its strong points and its weak. It was not the product of the CBS News division. When CBS chairman…

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