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11 January 2008

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Joan Price

What a powerful letter! Did you send it to him directly as well as posting it? I hope so! He could do well to hire you as a consultant!

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Sue

The Writers Guild is asking people to sign a petition supporting the strike. Already nearly 65,000 people have signed it. If you want to add your name, Go to www.petitiononline.com/WGA.

Gema Gray

Nice! :-)

Although I'm missing my weekly fix of "House", I support the writers on this issue. It's a shame that the other writers' organizations working with these companies couldn't get on board.

I missed the Golden Globes fashion parade last night. Kudos to the actors, though, for honoring those picket lines. They understand that without quality writing, all the acting talent in the world can't save a TV show or movie.

Incidentaly, has the National Writers Union weighed in to support the Guild?

phillip

I agree with the position of the Writer's Union regarding pay.

However, what about the rest of the crew(s) who are out of work due to the strike. Doesn't a camera (wo)man etc. have a right to earn a living too? That includes the hosts such as Jon Stewart as well.

Are they supposed to sacrifice their income so the writers can have a better deal?

While the writers have a valid complaint, it takes a lot more than just writers to produce a show.

Don't be so hard on Jon, he reached into his own pocket to support his writing staff at the beginning of the strike. He, and the show, are responsible for the livelihood for more people than a handful of writers. Read the credits at the end of the show.

Sue Katz

Phillip, I agree that it's complex and that it's tough, but that's the nature of strikes. Many of the workers you mention are unionized themselves, so they wouldn't want to cross a picketline. As for Jon Stewart, he's a member of the screen writers guild himself! He's betraying his own union.

As for him reaching into his pockets, those pockets are by now very very deep and it's the writers (among others) he should be thanking.

Here's what I don't understand: why aren't the media covering the total intransigence of the huge entertainment conglomerates who are simply refusing to talk to the strikers? The demand for some compensation for the use of writers' material in digital media is obviously rational. Why isn't there fury at the big companies who are responsible for prolonging the strike by ignoring legitimate demands?

Thanks for writing so thoughtfully,
Sue

C.S. Lewiston

Someone suggested that the propaganda - excuse me, media conglomerates are deliberately prolonging the strike in order to shut down any satirical voices concerning the presidential primaries.

Me, I believe that if Viacom, et. al could do it, they'd outsource the writing to China or India. The only reason that they don't is because most of the slaves - excuse me, workers in those countries don't speak fluent English.

Speaking of slaves, given how hostile our economy and government are to workers' rights, how far are we from the day when job-seekers will be placed on auction blocks for sale just like in the old days?

Dan

Excellent points. Well-written. I am a Daily Show fan, though I got out of habit of watching when strike started. The one thing that has always bugged me about the show, which I otherwise like, is the lack of color among the "reporters." And, as you pointed out, other than Samantha Bee, the lack of women.

PeaceLove

I have to respectfully disagree with you. Jon Stewart, and Colbert, too, are the best friends the writers could possibly have: mainstream media voices that mock the powers that be, illuminate the contours of the strike, and support unions through interviews with relevant labor experts. Stewart and Colbert are educating a generation of largely young viewers about the value of unions in protecting workers -- and the obscenity of the media companies' greed.

The writers should send Stewart and Colbert gift baskets.

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