This is a terrible time for Sony Pictures as their executives scramble to deal with the devastating fallout from one of the worst-ever computer hacking attacks on a large corporation. But their executives' approach to damage control on the more embarrassing aspects of the leaks only serves to damage them more.
I give them credit for taking something of a higher road when it comes to answering for some of their email snark fest — which included stinging comments about
But for Hollywood to send lawyers out to hector the media for printing and describing the emails is a little too high-dudgeon-y for people trashing other people in emails for being spoiled brats, whores, bipolar lunatics and so on.
Yes, the emails were definitely stolen — and then dispersed on the wide-open Internet. I can't think of any reputable news organization that has printed the truly damaging information such as the hacked Social Security numbers of Sony employees. Sony summoned legal titan David Boies to admonish reporters. (Interesting choice. Boies has a reputation for liking reporters and they like him back. Myself included.) Sony "does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen Information," he wrote to The Times and other publications.
Duly noted. But as Los Angeles Times columnist
Nor do we need for these emails to be of as much news value as the lofty
Meanwhile, as more emails come out, Sony execs should worry less about their hacked emails being quoted and more about their hacked fences being mended.
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