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Media Critic Has Fun with SPOILERS Study

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, there can never be too many clever references to the granddaddy of all cinematic achievements, Citizen Kane. A film critic friend of ours in San Francisco, Pam Grady, recently launched a blog called Cinezine Kane. Then there’s this laugh-out-loud lede capper from Salon.com staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams:

Call off your dogs, spoiler police. A new study from the University of California at San Diego suggests that knowing the outcome of a story doesn’t ruin it–in fact, it increases its pleasures. Rosebud is a sled, bitches!

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Who Gives a F*ck About an Oxford Comma? Plenty of Us, Apparently.

Yesterday news broke on Twitter and our sister blog GalleyCat that Oxford University Press was doing away with its namesake comma, eliciting wails of collective grief from grammar nerds throughout the interwebs.

Mercifully, the report wasn’t exactly true. The Oxford University Press Style Guide remains the same. It was only the University of Oxford publicists that dropped the Oxford comma. And as anyone who has ever read a press release can attest, publicists are hardly the definitive word on punctuation.

Also known as the serial comma, the Oxford comma is defined by the OUP as the “comma before and or or in a list of three or more items.” It has plenty of supporters and detractors both, as yesterday’s premature obituary revealed.

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Latest Charlie Sheen Stage Maneuver Has Journalists #Wincing

Charlie Sheen reached a new low last night on stage in Columbus, Ohio, when he incited the crowd to join along with him in calling out his ex-wife Denise Richards with a chorus chant of “F*ck that b*tch!” Never mind that many of the 3,000 or so spectators did.

Salon staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams is properly horrified, with thoughts of how this might eventually affect the couple’s two daughters Sam and Lola:

No child, under any circumstances, deserves to have her mother spoken of in those terms, period, let alone by a crowd of Ohio morons. And no woman deserves the very threatening and very scary experience of having any man incite up that much public rage against her, period. It’s vile, and it’s potentially dangerous. So what do you call a tiger blooded Adonis who would do such a stupid thing? Duh, sociopath.

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LA Weekly Coverage of Lara Logan Assault Criticized by CNN, NY Times

It’s not just local readers who are offended by LA Weekly blogger Simone Wilson‘s coverage of the horrific assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan. On Saturday, Maureen Dowd of the NY Times included Wilson in her criticism of “vile bodies online” that “began beating up on the brave war correspondent” soon after news of the attack broke:

On her LA Weekly blog, Simone Wilson dredged up Logan’s romantic exploits and quoted a Feb. 3 snipe from the conservative blog Mofo Politics, after Logan was detained by the Egyptian police: “OMG if I were her captors and there were no sanctions for doing so, I would totally rape her.”

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LA Weekly Reporter’s Tone Deaf Remarks on Lara Logan Assault

Yesterday came the heartbreaking news that CBS Correspondent Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted while reporting from Tahrir Square in Egypt. In a post on the crime for the LA Weekly‘s Informer blog, Simone Wilson angered many with her commentary. She remarked repeatedly on Logan’s good looks and made note of her controversial sexual history. Worst of all perhaps was Wilson’s description of the attack:

Logan was in Tahrir Square with her “60 Minutes” news team when Mubarak’s announcement broke. Then, in a rush of frenzied excitement, some Egyptian protesters apparently consummated their newfound independence by sexually assaulting the blonde reporter.

That’s a pretty offensive characterization of both sexual assault and the Egyptian protesters.

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