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Jessica Valenti: "The Harper’s letter also mentions editors being “fired for running controversial pieces” — a reference to the ouster of New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet. What the letter doesn’t mention is that Bennet lost his job for, among other things, running an op-ed section that published a senator advocating the use of military force against peaceful American protesters — a column that employees pointed out literally put Black lives in danger — and without even having read it before publication. Who signed the letter in Harper’s is just as important as what’s written in it. Ian Buruma, for example, was fired from his job at the New York Review of Books after he published an essay by Jian Ghomeshi — a Canadian radio personality who had been accused by more than twenty women of sexual assault. Buruma later defended the decision in a disastrous interview where he said, “The exact nature of his behavior — how much consent was involved — I have no idea nor is it really my concern.” New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who has made a career for herself railing against “safe spaces,” was recently outed for reporting a Black editor to management just because she declined an invitation for coffee. Then of course there’s J.K. Rowling, who recently used her considerable platform to push forward bigoted ideas and debunked myths about trans women while fashioning herself a defender of women’s rights."

Gen Medium | July 9, 2020

"The move complicates the sale of the nation’s second largest news company, which had been under the control of the McClatchy family for 163 years until February’s bankruptcy filing."
Hedge Fund Alden Capital Sets Eye On McClatchy Bankruptcy, Intending To Add Miami Herald And Dozens Of Local Newspapers To Its Fold

July 8, 2020

Twitter

Halloween Kills, But Not Until 2021

Twitter | July 8, 2020

The Guardian

"At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s internet, descended on Hong Kong."

The Guardian | July 8, 2020

Venice, Telluride, Toronto And NY Say They Are All One Festival Now

July 8, 2020

The Guardian

"'We came to realize that it’s not, "Hey, Bill, I have an idea for a documentary,"' Turner says. 'It’s more like, "We have this idea with a space, a series of images, a story that we want to tell, a framing device, an [underriding] ethos." We’re not constrained about how we’re going to do that. We knew that this Vegas framing device would be intrinsic to what we were doing, but we needed the ideal stage. Because we live here in New Orleans, only after many trips to scout Vegas and cast out there, we realized we had some of the best resources in our own back yard.'"

The Guardian | July 8, 2020

Barbara Pec-Ślesicka, 84, Production Manager and Longtime Collaborator of Andrzej Wajda

July 8, 2020

Twitter

Sarah Polley: "Thoughts on #CancelCulture. My friend Raymond Miller once said to me "If I get something wrong - drag me so I'll learn!" I've kept this thought in mind lately. I've misstepped, got things wrong on issues I didn't know enough about, displayed ignorance sometimes. On social media, I get called out for this. Sometimes it is gentle. Often it is not. But feeling shame doesn't have to be a net negative. I try to sit with the red, hot feeling of getting something wrong and being shamed. I try to watch the thoughts of being "wronged" pass by me. Then, when my body has calmed down, I try to see what I can learn from it all."

Twitter | July 8, 2020

Twitter

Natalie Morales: "Hey, agents & managers: It's cool that you've decided to up the diversity in your rosters. Thank you for that. However, please do not tell your white clients or potential clients that you love them but can't work with them because you're only 'hiring diverse right now.' We are not your scapegoat. Do not blame us now for your lack of awareness/action in the past. b)It does not help us, in any way, when you tell our white peers that we are to blame for them not getting work. Tell them they need to work harder or be better. Tell them the truth. You saying this implies that you're ONLY representing us because we are bipoc & not because we've busted our asses to get to where we are & we deserve it. We do not exist as people to help you meet your quota. Do not represent us if you do not understand and support us. d) If you're trying to balance your roster, try to do it without this blatantly two-faced and harmful virtue signaling that only continues to otherize and delegitimize us. Educate yourselves. Thank you."

Twitter | July 8, 2020

Lionsgate, Oprah And New York Times To Adapt "The 1619 Project" Across Platforms

July 8, 2020

Twitter

NYC's Bank Street Bookstore Closing

Twitter | July 8, 2020

CNBC

One Of The Last American Clothing Manufacturers With A Union Shop, Brooks Brothers, Founded In 1818, With Almost A Billion Dollars In Sales Last Year, Closes Fifty-One Stores And Files Bankruptcy

CNBC | July 8, 2020

Twitter

"RTHK, The only independent media outlet funded by the government on Chinese soil, is under fire from the police, pro-Beijing politicians and faces a government review next week."

Twitter | July 8, 2020

"Trades cease and desist posting people’s announcements as 'Exclusives.' Any ground rules to an interview must be disclosed in the piece. Stop subsidizing the world’s greatest revolving junket racket, the international festival circuit. Spending a fortune to fly cast, crew and dozens of assorted hangers-on to try and grab a little bit of oxygen in the middle of these overfed clusterf-s, is not any kind of sane marketing."
Richard Rushfield Tosses Fifty Ideas To "Save Hollywood" Into The Surging Sea of Chum

July 8, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

Robert De Niro On Broadway Luminary Robert Cordero: "It's very upsetting what happened to him. Even though he got sick at the beginning, this didn't have to be. If Trump had heeded the warnings he given — if he and his administration believed in science, fact and telling the truth — this might never have happened; the way Trump has handled this crisis has been appalling and surreal. And people who are still running around without masks should remember that being young and healthy does not mean you're immune from this virus — Nick was both — and besides, you can spread it to others who aren't young and healthy. Nobody deserves to have to go through what Nick did."

Hollywood Reporter | July 8, 2020