Bernard Weinraub, former entertainment reporter for The New York Times, writes about what it’s like to be a journalist at Hollywood and Vine. The basic lesson seems to be that you can’t fully stand apart from the world about which you’re reporting. Hollywood, despite its excesses, does not seem to be a special case: Reporters embedded in the financial world, DC or in a foreign capital must face the same situation, albeit with fewer Hummers and tiaras in view. Access is the currency and humans remain human.
Too bad Weinraub wasn’t writing a blog during all those years. We would have gotten a sense of the winds buffeting him as he tried to stand tall. Plus, the dishing have been fabulous.
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