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Called Out by David Simon, HuffPo Amends, Corrects Post

DavidSimonBlogLogoFollowing a major Thursday assist from Capital New York associate media editor Jeremy Barr, The Wire co-creator David Simon has today updated his July 2 blog post. A post that began with this very eloquent recrimination:

The permanent churn of the Internet is such that if you allow a dishonesty to stand for more than a moment, it will be endlessly repeated as fact for as long as there are humans left to link to it.

In Simon’s case, the churn was a claim by Huffington Post blogger, author and UC Berkely prof Linda Williams that Simon was fired by the Baltimore Sun, where he worked as a crime reporter from 1982 through 1995 before taking a buyout. Simon’s noon-today blog addendum is titled UPDATED TWICE:

I am informed that the HuffPost piece has now removed the reference to my having been fired. Instead, apparently, my revenge was had upon editors who spiked one of my articles because my writing wasn’t “Dickensian” enough. They never said anything of the sort to me or anyone else, and that is not actually the reason that particular article was spiked.

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Emmy Nominees, Eight Million of Them–But No Treme

Not surprisingly, Mad Men led the way at this year’s Emmy Awards with 19 nominations. But one major surprise was that David Simon‘s Treme didn’t pick up a single nomination. Not even for music! On a show about music! Ouch.

That’s a huge snub for a show that got much better this year after picking up two nominations last year–against much stiffer competition. Breaking Bad was in the running back then. We thought for sure Treme would clean up this year. It’s a good thing the show was already picked up for a third season by HBO. Because it certainly doesn’t bring in a whole lot of viewers. Critical success is its bread and butter.

Full, exhaustive list of nominees, sans Treme, after the jump.

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On Treme, New Orleans Bounce and ‘Mr. Ghetto’*

If you haven’t seen the above video “Walmart” by Mr. Ghetto, it was only a matter of time. When a friend in New Orleans first sent this to us yesterday it had about 40,000 views. It’s up to nearly half-a-million views now. This thing has viral written all over it.

We bring Mr. Ghetto and his Walmart song up for those of you who have been watching this season of David Simon‘s Treme on HBO. This is what the character of Davis–a New Orleans local–is talking about when he regularly extols the glories of “Bounce.” Davis is constantly harping on Bounce as a legitimate form of musical expression in the great New Orleans tradition. This Fishie personally feels that Treme, though an otherwise wonderful show, is inadvertently sullying the reputation of the city of New Orleans and her citizens. Because, as you can see, Bounce is absolutely ridiculous.

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David Simon On The Downfall Of American Newspapers

Last week, David Simon- former Baltimore Sun reporter and creator of The Wire on HBO- testified before The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation during a hearing on The Future of Journalism. Instead of blaming the internet and the recession for the decline of print, Simon took the newspaper industry itself to task. An excerpt:

When you hear a newspaper executive claiming that his industry is an essential bulwark of society and that it stands threatened by a new technology that is, as of yet, unready to shoulder the same responsibility, you may be inclined to empathize. And indeed, that much is true enough as it goes.

But when that same newspaper executive then goes on to claim that this predicament has occurred through no fault on the industry’s part, that they have merely been undone by new technologies, feel free to kick out his teeth. At that point, he’s as fraudulent as the most self-aggrandized blogger.

Anyone listening carefully may have noted that I was bought out of my reporting position in 1995. That’s fourteen years ago. That’s well before the internet ever began to seriously threaten any aspect of the industry. That’s well before Craig’s List and department-store consolidation gutted the ad base. Well before any of the current economic conditions applied.

When newspaper chains began cutting personnel and content, their industry was one of the most profitable yet discovered by Wall Street money. We know now–because bankruptcy has opened the books–that the Baltimore Sun was eliminating its afternoon edition and trimming nearly 100 editors and reporters in an era when the paper was achieving 37 percent profits. In the years before the internet deluge, the men and women who might have made the Sun a more essential vehicle for news and commentary–something so strong that it might have charged for its product online–they were being ushered out the door so that Wall Street could command short-term profits in the extreme.

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Huffington Says The Internet Isn’t Killing Newspapers At Senate Hearings

Wednesday, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on “The Future of Journalism” with testimony from experts on new media and the newspaper industry. Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry called for the hearing to examine what, if anything, the government can do to save the newspaper industry from seemingly unstoppable decline.

Many of the day’s speakers had ideas for improving the state of print journalism. They also seemed ready to take on news aggregators like Google and the Huffington Post.

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‘The Wire’ Writer To School Journalists


He was a former Baltimore Sun reporter who got out of the business and is now helping to expose it for the black morass of despair that it truly is.

So who wouldn’t want to hear The Wire creator/writer David Simon talk about the changing nature of journalism?

Here’s the press release for the event (After reading it, one reporter responded: “I just came.” You’ve been warned.):

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Mark Bowden Swings at The Wire’s David Simon


Mark Bowden writes about The Wire and its creator, David Simon in the new Atlantic. Bowden finds the show a little bleak, and isn’t happy that Simon lambasted two of his pals in a public speech about his days as a reporter at The Sun:

This is the place of H. L. Mencken, of Frank Kent, of William Manchester. It’s like you can touch things that you can be proud of. I just have to do good work for its own sake…I’m basically happy, and it’s like the least ambitious I am in my life. Until …it gets sold out of town. And these guys come in from Philly. The white guys from Philly. And I say that with all the contempt you can muster for the phrase white guys. Soulless motherfuckers. Everything that Malcolm X said in that book before he got converted back to humanity–no, no, he was right in the first place. These guys were so without humanity. And it was the kind of journalism–how do I describe bad journalism? It’s not that it’s lazy, it’s that whenever they hear the word Pulitzer, they become tumescent. They become engorged…All they wanted to do was win prizes …I watched them single-handedly destroy The Sun.

One of those white guys is John Carroll, late of the LA Times. Bowden is appalled at Simon’s hatred of Carroll, but plenty of LA Times readers can remember that paper’s pursuit of prizes at the expense of local coverage. And as the final season of The Wire is allegedly based on Simon’s experiences at The Sun (one of story lines deals with a newspaper’s muckraking campaign on homelessness), Bowden got into a tiff with Simon while writing the story.

Matthew Yglesis posts about the show:

Fundamentally, I think his vision of the bleak urban dystopia and its roots is counterproductive to advancing the values we hold dear.

Commenters point out that Yglsis knows fuck all about inner city Baltimore and then Simon shows up to comment.