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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says it’s happened again. More proof that nobody loves a critic.

The latest example, he declares, comes from Ohio where veteran music reviewer Donald Rosenberg has become the latest person to realize that nobody loves a critic. And the ranks include his employer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sokolsky says the paper has downgraded Rosenberg and replaced him as its principal music critic. The reason? He has been "too negative" when it comes to reviewing the Cleveland Orchestra.

Sokolsky calls the move the latest example of the constant battle between reviewers and the arts. And he cites such examples as actor Tommy Sands once slugging a movie reviewer, and an unhappy Philadelphia producer handing out stamped addressed post cards to audience members, urging them to tell a local critic why they disliked him.

Sokolsky notes that critics of critics have ranged from President Harry Truman to a letter writer who once sent a scathing message but signed it "Love, Mom."

He advises reviewers to be especially kind to their dogs because "they may be the only ones who love them."
Episode Date: October 3, 2008
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