02.01.08

Is David Simon Using “The Wire” To Settle A Personal Score?

Posted in Blogged Down, non-sporting journalism, The World Of Entertainment at 3:36 pm by

Hey, as long as he keeps dropping plugs for Dead Meadow into the program, I’m not complaining. But Philebrity considers Simon’s unflattering odes to current Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow “obsessive, even freakish”.

A couple weeks ago, we noted the eerie similarities between the plotlines on this season of the HBO drama The Wire and the present-day Inquirer. Well, they™re not so much œeerie similarities as they are œplotlines ripped directly from show creator David Simon™s own newsroom experience. Which, it has been noted, consisted among other things of working for a few years besides present-day Inky editor Bill Marimow at the Baltimore Sun. And as the show™s final season settles in, Marimow finds himself in the hot seat in journo circles regarding the action this season as well as Simon™s continual picking of old war scabs in interviews.

What™s the fuss? Well, as if last season™s naming of an asshole cop in Marimow™s honor wasn™t enough, this season concerns a cash-strapped newspaper editor gunning for Pulitzers at all costs while under him, a staffer is writing blatantly fake stories ” that the editorial brass can™t get enough of. (Simon says that the faker in question was based directly on co-worker at the Sun some years back, but refuses to out this person by name.)

For his part, Marimow has been fairly silent on the subject, but you can feel the steely rage contained in the one quote he did give to WaPo today: œI deeply resent Simon™s dishonest efforts to revise history, Marimow says. Philebrity contacted Marimow over week ago for an interview but has yet to hear back from him.

On a slightly different tip, the seperated-at-birth proposals issued by You Been Blinded’s “The NBA Meets The Wire” are only slightly more fascinating than if said blog had published an entry entitled “The NBA Meets Wire Train”.

7 Responses to “Is David Simon Using “The Wire” To Settle A Personal Score?”

  1. David Roth says:

    I’m just going to say it: I fucking hate the newspaper storyline. It’s so corny, so obvious, and so far below the level of everything else the show has done to date that I’m startled anew every week. I’ve been really disappointed with the season so far, and aside from the welcome return of Homicide’s Meldrick to the acting side of things, I think the newspaper stuff is responsible for a lot of that. How many lumpy, unbelievably wise white dudes do we have to watch crack wise and always be right every week before we can get back to Cutty, or some character with a little bit of depth?

    And that’s as much Wire-nerdery as I think is appropriate today. Actually a bit more. But, yeah.

  2. tbl says:

    If allowed the caveat that there may be a worthy payoff I can’t yet fathom, I’m with David. The Wire shouldn’t traffic in the meta.

  3. Timothy Cook says:

    I agree with Mr. Roth’s main point, but I liked that moment in next week’s episode (#55) when McNulty and…

  4. GC says:

    sorry, folks. I had no choice. I just sent Chris and Snoop over to Tim’s place before he could reveal anything else.

    It’s business, nothing personal.

  5. Brother Lo says:

    I for one am loving the newsroom and actually learning something at the same time. This final season has really picked up steam now, it’s going to be an incredible finish.

  6. Don says:

    For several years in the 1990s Dead Meadow either worked (or hung out in) the video store several blocks from my house. So whenever I see them or hear them it’s like watching the 22 yr old guys from your video store who never stopped talking about movies they “just saw” that you saw in the 1970s in a successful band.

  7. GC says:

    it’s nice to know that whatever Dead Meadow have achieved over the past decade, they’re always gonna be playing catch-up with the correspondent above.

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