‘Pull a Rea­gan’

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“When I first heard the Hol­ly­wood writ­ers were go­ing on strike, my first thought was a prayer: Please God, let it be true.

“The roughly 12,000 mem­bers of the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica are loudly pick­et­ing across Amer­ica in their at­tempt to go for Amer­ica’s en­ter­tain­ment jugu­lar. The last writ­ers’ strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and the net­work rat­ings have never re­cov­ered. Many view­ers just switched to cable chan­nels and never went back. Boo hoo.

“For Amer­i­can cul­ture the cur­rent strike could be a golden op­por­tu­nity to re­claim artis­tic stan­dards and en­ter­tain­ment moral­ity that we haven’t had since, well, since 1988. So this time around, in the­ory, the pro­duc­ers could pull a Rea­gan and fire the lot of them. The other craft unions might go on strike, but that would just drive even more pro­duc­tion into nonunion climes or out of the coun­try.”

— Kyle-Anne Shiver, writ­ing on “Hol­ly­wood Writ­ers Strike Is a Golden Op­por­tu­nity,” Nov. 12 at Amer­i­can­Thinker.com

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