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December 14th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Should journalists publish stolen information from Sony Pictures?

Variety co-editor in chief Andrew Wallenstein and CNN's Don Lemon discuss the fallout from the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures. The hackers have been releasing troves of secret documents and private email exchanges from studio executives.

Some of the highlights from the segment:

  · In Hollywood, "this is all anyone is talking about," Wallenstein said. It's just amazing. And you have to wonder about the executives at the center of this, how this is going to impact their future."

  · Regarding the racially insensitive emails to and from powerful producer Scott Rudin and studio chief Amy Pascal, Lemon said, "I think it really makes the point of what Chris Rock has said about Hollywood, when he wrote an essay saying Hollywood is a white industry and has a racial problem. It certainly does. And this highlights it."

  · Regarding the decision to publish some of the leaked messages and information, Wallenstein said, "Essentially, we've done the bidding [of the hackers]. We've maximized the exposure to this content. I don't do that lightly. But on the other hand, it was going to get out there anyway, and we have to be part of the conversation."


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  1. gail jones

    Heartbreaking. Two men doing criminal acts are lauded by the media and the White House and thousands of people marching for "justice" , and this innocent little baby is forgotten. . . . . .

    Hello. Don’t recognize me? That’s OK; I understand.
    My name is Antonio West. I was the 13-month-old child who was shot in the face at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot.
    I think my murder and my mommy’s wounding made the news for maybe a day, and then disappeared.
    A Grand Jury of my mommy's peers from Brunswick, Georgia ruled the black teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty... too bad it was me who got the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn’t have the money they demanded.

    See, my family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder wasn’t ruled a ‘hate crime.’
    Oh, and President Obama didn’t take a single moment to acknowledge my murder. He couldn’t have any children who could possibly look like me – so why should he care?

    I’m one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation's history, but the media didn’t care to cover the story of my being killed in cold blood.

    There isn’t a white equivalent of Al Sharpton, because if there was he would be branded a ‘racist.’ So no one’s rushing to Brunswick, Georgia to demonstrate and demand ‘justice’ for me. There’s no ‘White Panther’ party, either, to put a bounty on the lives of the two black teens who murdered me.
    I have no voice, I have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.
    Isn’t this a great country?

    So while you’re out seeking ‘justice for Trayvon’ and Michael Brown, please remember to seek ‘justice’ for me. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get T-shirts with my face on them, and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon.

    I won’t hold my breath.
    I don’t have to anymore.

    Part II:

    7/18- Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news.

    December 17, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  2. Brian Thorson

    No, they should not publish stolen information for two reasons: it rewards hackers and encourages continued illegal hacking and it is a breech of personal privacy. I also think that people from some other countries, more so than those within the U.S., don't realize that part of the humor in making such a movie as "The Interview" is the absurdity that someone would make such a movie. Perhaps it's a culture specific type of comedy that evolved from our right to free speech. The same applies to the proposed depiction of Muhammad in "Family Guy" some time ago. It's not intended to be a slap in anyone's face; it's just a humor that doesn't extend to some other cultures.

    December 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply

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