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Jim DeRogatis on Why ‘Monster’ R. Kelly Keeps Getting Free Media Pass

RKellyBlackPantiesThere’s some powerful history bonding Village Voice contributor Jessica Hopper to Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who some 15 years ago as a music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times exposed R. Kelly‘s shocking indiscretions with underage girls. The rapper was later acquitted.

Hopper recalls her feuding with DeRogatis and what it led to:

DeRogatis approached me offline and told me about how one of Kelly’s victims called him in the middle of the night after his Pitchfork [festival] review came out, to thank him for caring when no one else did. He told me of mothers crying on his shoulder, seeing the scars of a suicide attempt on a girl’s wrists, the fear in their eyes. He detailed an aftermath that the public has never had to bear witness to.

DeRogatis, now a teacher at Columbia College and host of a public radio show, remains steadfast. The media has and continues to ignore a story that is right under their noses:

“Rapes, plural. It is on record. Rapes in the dozen. So stop hedging your words, and when you tell me what a brilliant ode to pussy Black Panties is, then realize that the next sentence should say: ‘This, from a man who has committed numerous rapes.’ The guy was a monster! Just say it! We do have a justice system and he was acquitted. OK, fine. And these other women took the civil lawsuit route.”

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Celebrity Biographer David Ritz Gives Ghostwriting Tips

The list of celebrities that David Ritz has worked with is daunting: Ray Charles, R. Kelly, Aretha Franklin and Joe Perry, just to name a few. But the man who has ghostwritten so many autobiographies never set out to do that. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That? series, Ritz tells how he became a successful ghostwriter and gives advice to those with similar aspirations.

“When I first met Ray Charles, I didn’t know about ghostwriting; I was just going to do a biography of him,” Ritz recalled. “And then his agent asked me, ‘Which book would you be more interested in reading: a book about Ray Charles written by an egghead or a book written in his own voice?’ I told him that I would much rather read the book written in his own voice, and he told me, ‘You should write the book you would want to read, not the one you believe you should write.’ And that was a big turning point for me.”

For more, read Hey, How’d You Build a Successful Ghostwriting Career, David Ritz? [subscription required]

LAT in 90 Seconds

One Nation, Under YouTube: James Rainey does a spot analysis of how John McCain is portrayed on YouTube. The results are unflattering. And totally fun to watch.

39395012-29163845.jpgHarvey Korman, 81: Harvey Kormin, the “luminous second banana” has died. From the obit: “Korman made more than 30 films, including four comedies directed by Brooks, who first discovered him when his wife, the late Anne Bancroft, singled Korman out on The Carol Burnett Show.”

39427772-30112014.jpgTaking The Stand: A judge has ordered Chicago Sun-Times Music critic Jim DeRogatis to take the stand in the R. Kelly case, saying the 1st amendment doesn’t protect him because he was the first person known to possess the sex tape at the heart of the trial.

LAT In 90 Seconds

gwbpic.jpgProtect the Journos: An LAT opinion piece says that while Georgie is still in the White House, “the Senate needs to follow the House in approving the Free Flow of Information Act by a veto-proof margin.”

38603037-07112810.jpgR. Kelly Trial To Start: After six years of delays, the R. Kelly pornography trial is set to begin in Chicago on Friday. If convicted, the crooner could face 15 years in prison.

38566169-07093947.jpgStudios Walk From Table: After three weeks of talks, negotiations between Hollywood studios and the Screen Actors Guild ended Tuesday, “fueling anxiety over the prospect of another strike.”