The strike is being fought on the ground, but also in the media. Many writers are infuriated when the real issues of the strike get ignored in favor of company spin. After all, writers are the ones who are supposed to be good at spin, right?
Carlton Eastlake and I are quoted in today's New York Observer discussing Variety's coverage. At least Variety is on record as digging this blog.
The New York Times hasn't made anyone (who isn't an AMPTP flack) proud with its often derisive articles. Two great responses were posted by Glenn W. Smith of the Rockridge Institute and Joss Whedon of many things you have enjoyed.
Here's an excerpt from Joss:
[T]his IS a union issue, one that will affect not just artists but every member of a community that could find itself at the mercy of a machine that absolutely and unhesitatingly would dismantle every union, remove every benefit, turn every worker into a cowed wage-slave in the singular pursuit of profit. (There is a machine. Its program is ‘profit.' This is not a myth.) This is about a fair wage for our work. No different than any other union. The teamsters have recognized the importance of this strike, for which I’m deeply grateful. Hopefully the Times will too.