Ron Meyer, gambling and the LAT

The president and COO of Universal Studios is apparently the subject of a Times investigative report that focuses on his gambling history, according to Nikki Finke, who finds that the subject matter is "the type of tabloid journalism associated with the National Enquirer." Basically, Finke says that Meyer's gambling is not illegal, doesn't impact on his job and has long been known by his employers and many folks in the biz. Apparently, Times reporter Kim Christensen is trying to make a connection between Meyer's gambling and indicted PI Anthony Pellicano. Finke is aghast:

I, for one, pride myself on being a tough reporter, but I and other serious business journalists draw the line: we go after what people do in their work, but not what they do in their personal life if it has no bearing on business. It's simply wrong. (And, by the way, this is the second time Christensen has gone after Meyer's personal life, and, as I posted here at the time, that article contained numerous inaccuracies not to mention unreliable sources.) What I also don't understand is why the LA Times is choosing to spend its limited investigative resources on this when there are stories so much more worthy of probing about the business of Hollywood itself that the paper just lets slide year after year.

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