So there are these two guys. Both are members of the same SAG party. One is a board member. The other is the SAG President. During the last ten months bad blood has developed between them. The board member has been increasingly critical of the President, and the President has become increasingly irritated by it. This all became evident a few days ago when the board member made public a private email that the President had sent him.
The implied justification for posting the personal email was that it indicated why the contract was so bad. Actually the only thing indicated was that due to festering resentment both parties showed bad judgment. One for writing the private email and the other for going public with it! Two good guys one bad scenario!
When the contents of the Prez’s personal email was made public, the Ol’ Dog did not post it because, well, the Ol’ Dog, being the Ol’ Fashion sort, believes that a private email is just that. Private! I would not go public on any personal communication. Therefore, why would I post someone’s private email, just because someone else chose to do so?
However, once the incident became fodder for an LA Times story, and covered by several news services, I suppose it is now, a quote, legitimate news story!
So what have we learned from this unfortunate event? A couple of things: One of these guys will never become the head of the Secret Service. And the other will never become the President of the Writer’s Guild.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief