OK, this has nothing whatsoever to do with this article, but I'm posting this open letter to the RT Staff because something feels really fishy about this whole News system now. I was thinking about it last night and wondered 'how can jeff giles go from the most featured writer on the site to doing very little writing at all, basically over night?' all RT staffers ever said was 'jeff will still be contributing" or something. answer this: did Jeff Giles get fired or demoted or whats the actual deal, because i find it really hard to believe that all of a sudden the entire News section changes and he's no longer featured much. I do recall an article not long ago regarding the new oliver stone movie 'W' in which jeff made some slightly leftist remarks and then had to spend the rest of the thread defending himself (with some help from loyal RT readers). Now it could well be a stretch to think that this had something to do with Jeff not being allowed to do his daily stories, but at this point I'm looking for SOME explanation. And I think we deserve more of an explanation then 'well we're trying some new stuff out and are continuously updating the site to make as good as possible for all of you.' whatever, that doesn't cut it. Can you RT staffers see how much you've changed the core of the site? No one is commenting on the stupid external link stories and all that remains as far as RT material is an occasional story but mostly features like interviews, critical consensus, total recall, meet a critic, etc. etc. The features are fine, but the story threads were where people really got into the discussions. We had a strong core community of regular posters and now it just doesn't feel the same. so RT, I really need you to explain why you've altered not only the aesthetic, but the entire dynamic of the site. It's less personal and frankly, less interesting. This is my go-to site and so i really am curious as why a lot of the fun has been sucked out of it in favor of redirecting us to outside pages. What happened to Jeff and what are the chances that things will return to the good ole days of putting an RT spin on a specific story, making it humorous and palatable and letting us all sling mud over it?thanks for your time.-Dahluzz
Apr 18 - 10:51 AM
Good questions, Dahluzz. I too would like some answers. Where's Jeff (his I must admit his absense it kind of suspicious), and what's the deal with the new set-up? Seems every other change just makes this worse on RT, slowly sucking the life out of the entire site. Articles disappear out of nowhere, for instance. Articles that are actually interesting are becoming few and far between. Old news appears under Latest News... Huh?...
But in response to this article, before it too vanishes into a black hole, I think this sounds like a very interesting story premise. I'm curious to see how it turns out.
Apr 18 - 12:44 PM
Ahh conspiracies...I'm sure 'W' himself probably had one of his goon hit men, formerly of gitmo to be sure, take out poor Jeff (he's probably being water-boarded as I write this)... lefties are so paranoid. Ya gotta love em. I must agree the site has been junked up, and made more lazy from it's original format, i guess 'if it aint broke don't fix it' was lost on who ever decided on the changes.
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