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Posts Tagged ‘ABC-TV’

Article Author, NYT Culture Editor Address Shonda Rhimes Outcry

Sometimes, it’s all about the article updates.

Adding to a post this morning about the furor surrounding New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley‘s weekend piece on Shonda Rhimes‘ new ABC-TV program How To  Get Away With Murder, public editor Margaret Sullivan has shared post-publication feedback from culture editor Danielle Mattoon and author Stanley.

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Let’s start with Mattoon’s remarks. Rhetorical is all fine and dandy, but next time, she and her fellow NYT editors may want to make sure a question mark (or some other equivalent indicator) punctuates this approach. As written, the first-paragraph intent was not clear enough:

“Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay,” Mattoon said, “and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used…”

She told me that multiple editors — at least three — read the article in advance but that none of them raised any objections or questioned the elements of the article that have been criticized.

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A Scandal-ous Bit of Twitter Fakery [Update]

Who is one of the most embarrassed media people shuffling around New York today? Without a doubt Courtney Pajor, a director of special sales for ABC-TV.

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Last night, TheWrap’s senior TV writer Jethro Nededog under the headline above exclusively revealed that she was manning the controls @Scandall411, an account puporting to be that of an avid Scandal fan. As Nededog worked on the piece, the account was renamed (@GrantforPrez) and eventually deleted, while an associated Scandal411 WordPress site got toggled to private. From Nededog’s item:

“I am 100 percent sure that Scandal411 is Courtney Pajor,” one individual who’s had multiple interactions with the blogger said.

TheWrap is also in possession of documents that link Pajor to the Scandal411 Twitter account, though the individual who provided them asked to remain anonymous.

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