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Annoyed Emma

The Beginning of the End of Charlotte Kuchinsky's "Journalism" Career.

Posted on 2011.08.23 at 13:21
Charlotte Kuchinsky is apparently some sort of columnist for "Gather.Com." For the moment. Given her flatly unethical, incompetent reporting, I expect that to end soon. I have every intention of taking every possible step to see that it does.

Now, many on my flist roll their eyes at me as Emma Watson's self-appointed online defender, and that's fine. But it's not my feelings for Emma that drive me now. As in a few previous similar rants, it is in my concern that journalism is dying, that simple competent fact-checking is going the way of the dodo.

Charlotte Kuchinsky published a column today entitled "Emma Watson's New Role is No 'Harry Potter' Character." Go ahead and click that title, it's a link, and it will lead you to a column that's very critical of Emma. Which is, honestly, fine. Actors are actors, like 'em, don't, review 'em positively, review 'em negatively, you like what you like, that's why there's more than one. But this one is so breathtakingly incompetent, so replete with factual errors and grotesque omissions as to boggle the mind.

If you'll look at the bottom of the column, you'll see this:

Comments: 0 ( 1 removed by Charlotte Kuchinsky )

That's right: Gather lets columnists remove comments from their own articles.

So when someone comments pointing out the complete lack of basic competence and fact-checking in their work, they can expunge it. Not so fast, Gather!

The one comment she deleted, from me, began: "Is it too much to ask that a reporter do even a modicum of research before writing about something? Do you really think you're qualified to write about this based on one sentence quoted by a co-star? If..."

That much is preserved in my Gather.Com account. The rest I can't quote verbatim, but I can recreate the salient points fairly:

"If you'd read the novel, which you clearly have not, you'd know the character of Sam, played by Ms. Watson, is anything but 'Sleazy.' She's a sweet, welcoming, and caring High School Senior, taking freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) under her wing.

"If you'd done even a modicum of research, you'd know that Perks isn't Watson's first post-Potter role: her first will be playing Lucy, a wardrobe assistant, in My Week With Marylin, which is scheduled to premiere Sunday, October 9th, at the New York Film Festival.

"If you'd done even the slightest digging, you'd have found multiple interviews with Perks director Stephen Chbosky, also the author of the novel, in which he's said that he's making sure that the film will be released with a PG-13 rating (the same rating as Watson's current film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.)

"There are plenty of writers out there willing to do their due diligence before they publish. If you're not, perhaps Gather should give you space to a writer with the competence and ethics to do so."

Letting the comment stand, even responding to it with an argument? Both fine. But by deleting it in a ham-fisted effort to cover up her abject failure as a journalist, Ms. Kuchinsky proves herself incompetent. Nothing under her by-line should ever be carried by anythign thinking itself a responsible news source. I'll be working on that for a while.


natertatersmom at 2011-08-23 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. That's some bullshit barfbag right there.

Of course, part of the reason I'm pissed at this pearl-clutcher is her "concern" that Emma will be "losing part of her fanbase". Whatthefuckever.

Dan Radcliff had orgasms whilst naked on another dudes back who was dressed like a horse.

Rupert Grint has toked joints, wielded guns and fucked Irish chicks.

And they've not lost "part of their fanbase" *gasp* But Emma's a woman so GOD FUCKING FORBID she do something that's not all fairy godmother sweetness and light.

I'm joining the community just so I can throw a cow patty in the direction of this farce article and writer.
alloy_ at 2011-08-24 09:20 (UTC) (Link)
"Rupert Grint has toked joints, wielded guns and fucked Irish chicks."

I thought that was a scottish chick....

"Thanks for having me." Brilliant
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-08-24 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
I believe Rupert got with one or more Irish chicks in "Cherry Bomb."
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-08-24 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
All true and very good points. My ire was raised just at the journalistic inaccuracy, but, quite true, just the other day I was watching Rupert blow a guy's ear off and nobody said, "Oh, he's going to leave his fans behind!"

I'm joining the community just so I can throw a cow patty in the direction of this farce article and writer.

I hate to think I'm driving traffic her way! LOL!
louboutin at 2011-08-23 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
Did you see her article trashing Anne Hathaway? Whoa.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-08-24 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
After you made this comment, I went and looked. Yeesh!
sgt_majorette at 2011-08-24 00:04 (UTC) (Link)

Who the hell is Charlotte Kuchinsky?

And why does anybody care what she thinks? She's not famous or anything.

However, I clicked the link and saw the pic of Emma in the role, and it's pretty spectacular!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-08-24 12:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Who the hell is Charlotte Kuchinsky?

She's someone whose columns come right up in a google news search, and when her reportage is so incompetent and unethical, that's a problem.

This only looks like a "Middle Aged Fat Guy Creepily Devoted To 20-Year-Old Celeb" post. It's really a "Journalists suck, and I'm going postal on them until they show some ethics and do their damn jobs!" post.

Edited at 2011-08-24 12:57 pm (UTC)
alloy_ at 2011-08-24 09:22 (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree Jon, if substituted any actors name for Emma, the article would still be meaningless drivil.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-08-24 13:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, my complaints are about simple failures of reporting. She hasn't seen the movie -- nor has anyone else -- but she also hasn't read the book, or even a summary of the book, and yet she's reviewing it, and castigating someone in it, based on one sentence spoken by a cast member, while promoting another movie he's in.

The process, as it works with competent, ethical journalists:

A Read quote about audience needing to prepare to deal with popular child-actor in much more mature role.

B Think, hey, there's a story in this! It sounds like playing a sleazy character in an "R" rated movie! She's leaving her fanbase behind!

C Research! Make sure your surmises are right! Is the character sleazy? Is it an "R" rated movie? Read the Wikipedia page on the novel. Read interviews with the director.

D If, and only if, the research supports your premise, write and publish your article. In this case, such research would have shown that, I the character is not particularly sleazy. She's friendly, she has one or two boyfriends over the course of a school year, to whom she is faithful. I think she smokes a little pot. and II The movie isn't going to be an "R." The director is on the record on multiple occasions that he has no intention of releasing this movie with a rating that would keep High School Freshmen out of it. He won't release it with anything higher than a "PG-13" rating, the same rating HPDH2 had.

Kuchinsky's method was 1, 2, and skip on to writing and publishing without doing due diligence.

Edited at 2011-08-26 12:51 pm (UTC)
amythis at 2011-08-26 15:07 (UTC) (Link)
1. Hermione is not, ugh, "syrupy sweet." Syrupy sweet girls don't punch Draco Malfoy, frequently nag their best friends, let teachers be carried off by centaurs, fight Death Eaters, etc.
2. Emma's fanbase includes a heck of a lot of people who do not view her as an innocent child.
3. As people have noted, this is a double standard that ignores the roles that Dan and Rupert have chosen.
4. I haven't read the book but it's YA, just like, um, the Harry Potter series. Which includes: someone love-potioning someone into marriage and fatherhood, an attack on a small child (Ariana), prolonged abuse of another child (Harry), scenes of genocide, torture of Hermione, etc., etc. Now, admittedly, not all of that made it into the movies, but maybe not all of the "adult" content of Perks will either.
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