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Bitch Session Re: Jeffrey Wells

Bitch Session Re: Jeffrey Wells

So here’s my deal for the past three days: I’ve been horribly sick. The second I hit Canadian soil en route back from Los Angeles, the body that had bravely put up with eight straight late nights in California decided to go tell me to fuck myself, and I did not get out of bed since. Until now, when I decided that twenty-one episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and bi-hourly cough medication was not a life led. So I spent an hour paroozing the internets, trying to bring myself up to speed with what my job suggests I should be. And I come across an e-mail linking me to this:

I mean, c’mon.. Is this really necessary? I’ve witnessed many a blogger et blogger catfight, but I never expected to be part of one. Mostly because I thought I didn’t care enough, and I never write much that begs any intense conflict. But apparently, I do care, because I’m writing this. Mostly because the article Wells is referencing is not a blog entry. Its a straight up news story on Peter Scarlet’s departure that I scrambled to write Friday morning.

Basically, in the interest of getting the story up as soon as possible, I took the quotes from Scarlet and Rosenthal offered in the press release, stated that Scarlet had resigned, and gave a few bonus facts. This was not an op-ed. It didn’t say “FIRST PERSON” anywhere on it and if someone WAS going to write a first person on this story it sure as hell wasn’t going to be me. I knew, like everyone, that Scarlet and Gilmore’s moves were likely related, but I don’t think I was the best person to analyze that for the indieWIRE readership. And that was not my assignment. indieWIRE recieves press releases, and we aim to break them. That was what I was doing.

This is the only email I got from Jeff Wells, stating:

I probably should have ignored it. Conflict makes me uneasy, especially when it’s unnecessary. But instead, I responded. Which, I’ll admit, is not exactly an aggressive response. I probably should have noted specifically: THIS WAS NOT AN OPINION PIECE, or better yet, GET A LIFE. If it made me SO upset that some writer from indieWIRE didn’t suggest that Geoff Gilmore was related to Peter Scarlet’s resignation that I had to blog about it, I’d hope you’d stop reading my blog.

But I was tired, caught off guard, and that’s what I sent in return:

His suggestion of “both me and Scarlet seem to be saying” makes no sense. I didn’t say anything. I laid a few facts, sent an alert, and went back to bed. For me to infer things in that article was not my assignment. That sort of inference is for bloggers like Wells or whoever else.

Anyway, maybe its the NyQuil talking, but this was just really fucking annoying, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon and offer my first blogger to blogger bitch session.

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