Critics Are First To Be Fired At Newspapers, Says Former Critic

Critic-turned-producer Rod Lurie has expressed dismay over the numerous firings of film critics by embattled newspapers. Writing after the recent scking of Glenn Whipp at the Los Angeles Daily News ("stylish and tough") Lurie said in a commentary posted on the Huffington Post blog "In order to cut costs, management goes first to critics -- a bit like how schools slash arts programs. There is something they do not take seriously about them. They find them easily replaceable or, maybe, not needed to be replaced." But by removing them, he writes, "they are hurrying their own demise by cutting out one of the very things that makes them unique the voice that often prompts people [to] buy the newspaper in the first place."

10/12/2008


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