Thursday, March 10, 2005

On The Mark -- How Deep Is Deep Throat's Throat?

The business section of the Los Angeles Times is starting to look like a blog. Last week, a columnist challenged the claim in the documentary, "Inside Deep Throat," that the movie has grossed $600 million worldwide. Last weekend, the producers of the documentary published a long letter to the editor explaining their calculations, practically down to the last penny.

In today's Los Angeles Times, on the front page of the business section, the same columnist has written another article responding to the letter. Enough already! Who cares! Is this affecting shareholder value? No. Does it have any impact on the movie industry? No. Is there any wrongdoing, besides fuzzy math on someone's part? No.

Only in Los Angeles...Where (until this year) television weather forecasters would travel 60 miles north to Santa Barbara and stand amidst scattered sprinkles while wearing heavy rain gear to say a major rain storm had struck Southern California. Where an entire evening news broadcast -- all 35 minutes without commercials -- has been dedicated to car chases while there is a war going on in Iraq and other important stories.

Now it's bleeding over into the business section of the LA Times.

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