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Taking a stand and not posting anything from a TV show affected by the writers strike

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Originally published on BuzzFlash.com on Thu, 01/17/2008 – 9:31am

As BuzzFlash readers are well aware, there is a writers strike going on. So some of the fun things we post have disappeared from the pages of BuzzFlash.com. This especially includes links to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report.

We certainly have missed their contributions to our pages. They provide a slant on politics and social issues that can’t be found anywhere else.

When Comedy Central forced them back, Stewart and Colbert were reluctant to come back without their writers. Yet they are back. Even though they aren’t supposed to be technically writing for their shows (since after all, Stewart and Colbert are members of the Writers Guild), if you watch the shows, clearly some writing is being done.

To be completely upfront, we did post a couple of post-strike links. But as we posted them, our stomachs were churning a bit. It didn’t feel right, not with the writers strike still going on. So we have taken those links off BuzzFlash.com, and we won’t post anything from any striked show until the writers strike is completely settled.

This also applies to Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno, not that Leno has done anything ever worth posting.

We should point out that if David Letterman and Craig Ferguson do come up with something worth posting, we would gladly do so since their shows have union writers working for them.

We realize that, in doing so, the wisdom that Stewart and Colbert are currently doing will be missing from our pages, and that readership may suffer as a result. But the truth is that their current wisdom is tainted, and there are principles at stake.

If somehow BuzzFlash were asked to be on The Daily Show or the Colbert Report, and they even agreed to fly us to New York City and put us up in the grandest hotel with room service and a Swedish massage, we still wouldn’t cross the picket line. So we see the proverbial picket line and will honor that.

Some of our readers may disagree with this policy; other readers may love it. But quite frankly, we don’t think we are doing this for our readers. We think we’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do, and it lets us sleep better at night, even without the Swedish massage.

We would like to hear from you; give us your comments below. Is this a principle worth standing for? Will you spend less time with BuzzFlash.com as a result?

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Written by democracysoup

January 17, 2008 at 9:31 am

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