You know what this is… this is a war on journalism. First our student reporters can’t enter student safe spaces during the protests. Then Trump wants to sue the newspapers. And now a young television critic like myself can’t get my god damn Game of Thrones screener. I guess freedom on the press doesn’t mean what it used to mean, huh?
EW — Game of Thrones secrecy is going to a whole new level. HBO has decided to not give the media any advance episodes of the Emmy-winning series for season 6. The upcoming season is on such a content lock-down that the press and Hollywood insiders will not receive any episodes in advance – either on DVD or via online screening – circumventing industry convention. “We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW. “There will be no copies for review.”
The move could be a first for a major series, though isn’t entirely surprising in the case of Thrones. This is the first season where the show has largely surpassed the narrative published in author George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga, so for the first time even hardcore fans of the books have no idea what’s coming next. Also, last year HBO sent the first four hours of season 5 to its usual media distribution list, and the content leaked onto BitTorrent before the show’s premiere – spoiling nearly half the season for some viewers as plot points gained coverage online.
Look, I didn’t join the media just to give hot takes. I’m not here just to read myself talk. Or to get paid the big bucks.
I’m in it for the perks. What’s the point of being a journalist if you don’t get the access? I’m in it to eat four meals in the press room. And to fly on jets interviewing celebrities.And to get my god damn screeners before everyone else so that I can brag to my friends that I saw it before them.
You know what this is… this is a war on journalism. First our student reporters can’t enter student safe spaces during the protests. Then Trump wants to sue the newspapers. And now a young television critic like myself can’t get my god damn Game of Thrones screener. Seems like a pretty heavy anti-media crusade going on that nobody outside of the real journalists like myself wants to talk about. Shit… I’ll probably get my site shut down just for bringing this up. Because apparently real reporters can’t report any more. And real journalists can’t journal. And I guess we’re just headed down a one-way path towards government control of the press. Might as well replace the stars and stripes with sickels and hammers now. It’s gonna happen sooner or later…