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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Hinman’

Star Trek Item Goes Boldly Down Incorrect PR Path

Never mind that West Hollywood journalist Cary Harrison, the person at the center of a recent Patch item about 2007 indie film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, lives in an apartment once occupied by Marilyn Monroe. In the case of this article’s slant, Google could have turned out to be the reporter’s best friend.

Patch contributor James F. Mills frames Harrison’s upcoming January 9 free Internet stream of the film, and planned accompanying interviews on his radio show, as a newsworthy event. But in the article comments, long-time sci-fi journalist Michael Hinman clarifies that the movie–featuring Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig–is anything but “rarely seen:”

I think it’s great to see some interest put into this production, which I thought was pretty top-notch, to be honest. But I think the story is a bit misleading to suggest that the only way you can see this film is at a Star Trek convention, or through this gentleman’s website.

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Harlan Ellison Tripped Up by Yahoo! Network Contributor

Interesting and familiar cautionary tale today from Michael Hinman, the Tampa, Florida keeper of sci-fi news blog Airlock Alpha.

After initially picking up on a November 2 news item, as did Syfy’s Blastr.com and the Orlando Sentinel, Hinman did a little digging and found there was no truth to a report that author Harlan Ellison has settled his lawsuit against the writer-director of the Justin Timberlake-Amanda Seyfried thriller In Time. The problem in this case is that the item originated, without attribution, within the nebulous confines of Yahoo!’s Contributor Network. Writes Hinman:

No one from Yahoo! has responded to a request for comment on whether Shirey developed this story on his own, or picked it up from the Yahoo assignment desk. Shirey himself has not responded to a request for comment. He has since posted another story on one of his aggregator websites, but has not removed his Ellison story…

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