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Award-Winning TheWrap Blogger Tastelessly Lowers the Bar

Nestled deep within TheWrap’s Hollyblogs network, Richard Stellar has made quite a name for himself. Earlier this spring, he claimed a pair of Southern California Journalism Awards from the LA Press Club for Best Weblog, Individual (tied with The Jewish Journal’s Danielle Berrin) and Best Facebook Presence by an Individual.

Which makes Sunday’s posting by Stellar all the more surprising. In a wildly miscalculated and deeply offensive argument, he suggests that the absence of Joan Rivers’ new book from Costco’s limited literary inventory puts the company on par with Nazi Germany. Never mind that only Rivers has suggested there was active censorship involved. Or the fact that because the chain carries such a tiny fraction of published books at any time, the notion that something not being sold is discriminatory borders on ridiculous.

The reader comments to Stellar’s August 12 item say it all. Here are just a few:

Baruch Ashem: I am contacting the Jewish Defense League and other media outlets regarding this article. I am simply aghast and appalled. How dare TheWrap publish this. I am (almost) speechless.

Arrowhead: Is this a hoax? This is a hoax, right?

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LA Times, KPCC Crown LA Press Club Awards

At last night’s 54th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards, the big winners were the Los Angeles Times and KPCC 89.3 FM, with eight first prizes each. The LAT was led by photographer Francine Orr, who won three awards (Photojournalist of the Year, Entertainment Photo, Photo Essay), while KPCC’s haul included a pair for Molly Peterson (News or Feature Short Form, Use of Sound). KCRW, KPCC’s main competitor in the LA public radio space, failed to win any first-place prizes.

On the Hollywood trades side, it was THR five, TheWrap two and Deadline.com one, with Variety essentially abstaining. Kim Masters won a Journalist of the Year prize as well as another for her article with Daniel Miller about high-stakes Hollywood poker. Meanwhile, for TheWrap, it was not a main reporter but rather blog network contributor Richard Stellar who claimed both nods, for Weblog, Individual (tied with Danielle Berrin, Jewish Journal) and Best Facebook Presence by an Individual.

Other leading first-place winners at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Sunday night, each capturing six such awards, were the Los Angeles Business Journal, KCET’s SoCal Connected and LA Weekly. Although in one case with the Weekly, film critic Karina Longworth was the only journalist nominated in the Daily/Weekly Newspapers category of Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Columns.

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Media Take Their Shots at Brett Ratner

In the wake of Brett Ratner‘s resignation as co-producer of the 84th Academy Awards, FishbowlLA wondered how long it would take for a prominent journalist to raise the issue of Eddie Murphy‘s full F-word rant in Delirious. We now have the answer–this morning, New York Times media columnist David Carr touches on the comedian’s Mr.T-Honeymooners opening bit, suggesting that the routine makes Ratner seem “positively refined by contrast.”

Meanwhile, Jewish Journal columnist Danielle Berrin (a.k.a. “Hollywood Jew”), who claims she owes her full-time status at the publication to the controversy caused by a 2008 profile of Ratner, refreshed that infamous angle last night. It seems Ratner has never stopped inappropriately chasing after the reporter:

Every time I see Ratner, he hits on me again. Though only after he insults me: “You’re still at the Jewish Journal? Your piece on me was supposed to advance your career.” (Editor’s note: It did. I got salaried and health insurance.)

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Hollywood Jew Blogger Defends Her Support For Miral

Hollywood Jew blogger Danielle Berrin took a lot of flack in the Jewish community for penning a couple of columns supportive of the new Julian Schnabel film Miral, which tells the story of a Palestinian girl. She recently took to YouTube to defend her take on the film and to answer some critical letters sent her way.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Jewish Journal Story Becomes Center of Miramax ‘Miral’ Ad Campaign

Jewish Journal Story Becomes Center of Miramax ‘Miral’ Ad Campaign

Very interesting. Fighting back against allegations that its new film “Miral” is antisemitic, Miramax took out this ad in the “C” section of today’s New York Times, which includes the full text of a recent story by Jewish Journal “Hollywood Jew” writer Danielle Berrin. “Miral,” directed by Julian Schnabel and adapted from the novel of the same name by Palestinian author Rula Jebreal, has been under fire for daring to tell the story of a Palestinian girl living in the occupied territories. Berrin’s piece, published online last week under  the original title “Why can’t Jews handle ‘Miral’?” was audacious enough to ask “Why is it then that when a respected and talented filmmaker such as Mr. Schnabel says that he feels a personal Jewish responsibility ‘to tell the story of the other side’ he is reproved and not praised?”

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