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Labor Strife

Detroit?

Um, no.

Hollywood:

The Acadamy Awards presentation ceremony found itself on Tuesday in the middle of the worst Hollywood labor clash in two decades.

Irony thy name is ironic.

There's more:

Unclear was whether striking writers might attend the awards show or whether Oscar host Jon Stewart, a union member, would be permitted to write his own material.

You can't even make that stuff up.

Continuing:

The writer's union's action of denying waivers to allow the Acadamy Awards to use its members for the Oscar broadcast came two hours after two of TV's biggest late-night stars, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, said they would resume taping their shows on January 2, even if that means crossing union picket lines.

Ah, yes.

Normally Leno and O'Brien are good little comrades. But when the dank realities of leftism hit a little too close to home -- i.e., their wallets -- they're quite ready to sing different tunes.

How liberal of them.


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Comments (10)

I think we should make a mo... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

I think we should make a movie out of this, don't you?

it's all Bushes fault. he w... (Below threshold)
captaindog:

it's all Bushes fault. he wants us to suffer from lack of quality entertainment. we are we supposed to do, read?!

Normally Leno and O'Brie... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Normally Leno and O'Brien are good little comrades. But when the dank realities of leftism hit a little too close to home -- i.e., their wallets -- they're quite ready to sing different tunes.

They're not worried about their wallets. They're doing it so the other 100-or-so non-writing staffers who are sitting home without paychecks for the duration of the strike will be able to go back to work and get paid again.

But don't let the facts interfere with your indignation.

It's possible their contrac... (Below threshold)

It's possible their contracts contain some penalty clause which would be kicking in around that time. If they were only worried about the other staffers, they could have gone back on the air quicker.

One problem they will have - besides having to write their own material - will be booking talent, since most of the entertainers are refusing to cross picket lines. Expect more political candidates, book authors, and amateurs . . .

They're not worried abou... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

They're not worried about their wallets. They're doing it so the other 100-or-so non-writing staffers who are sitting home without paychecks for the duration of the strike will be able to go back to work and get paid again.

What, you're saying everyone in Hollywood isn't in some sort of a union? Don't they have slush funds they maintain to support their members during a strike?

Brian..."They're n... (Below threshold)

Brian...

"They're not worried about their wallets. They're doing it so the other 100-or-so non-writing staffers who are sitting home without paychecks for the duration of the strike will be able to go back to work and get paid again."

I thought that was the point of a strike. Strikes are revenue-busters, for ALL parties. The point is to see who caves first. If they cross picket lines to work, they've already lost the edge, showing that they are unwilling to continue with the strike because they need the money more.

Isn't it time to roll out t... (Below threshold)

Isn't it time to roll out the pictures of Leno standing around in the street with the writers in 'solidarity', handing out donuts?

heh.

Brian,What a crock... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Brian,

What a crock. That may be the official reason, but what they're really worried about is ratings slippage. The networks have already sold those advertising slots, and the rates are usually contingent on ratings. They don't want to give the monty back.

Remeber, Leno and O'Brian don't own the show - they just work there. I'm sure they've both been told in no uncertain terms it would be in their best interest for the show to go on.

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