As a Writers Guild of America member not now working in television, I am extremely offended by the tone of Michael Cieply's "unbiased" report about the strike ("Deadlock: Writers' Strike Reaches the Crisis Stage," June 30).
I support the strike, but I am not a lemming following Writers Guild chief negotiator Brian Walton off some cliff built of stones of machismo. Cieply described J. Nicholas counter, chief negotiator of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, as "low-key and tenacious," "cool and stern,"--neutral language, yes; then uses words to describe Walton such as "bitterly accused" (when "said" would do) and "flashes of righteous anger."
This is not even-handed reporting. And worse, it misses the point, because 9,000 writers are not on strike to perpetuate a personal feud between two men. We are on strike over an issue.
For me, the issue goes beyond that of foreign and one-hour residuals, which is not to trivialize that issue. But my biggest concern--and here I speak for myself--is that we are not an isolated union. We are a union among other unions, and we live now in a time when all unions are under attack.