For the second year in a row, LA Times awards jockey Tom O’Neil was denied a press pass to cover the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s awards banquet and for the second year in a row he’s using the snub to suggest LAFCA’s machinations aren’t above board. Noting that the critics group allows journalists who are members or friends of members to cover the ceremony, says Tom: “That seems quite dubious, frankly, as it could give rise to a sense that this media group wishes only friendly media to cover its activity.”
Not that Tom would want to give anyone that idea or anything.
After last year’s snub, O’Neil brought up an incident in the 1990′s where former LA Times critic (and now former New York Daily News critic) Jack Mathews questioned LAFCA’s membership standards. In this year’s snippy blog entry, O’Neil ominously invokes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that had its beloved Golden Globes kicked off of broadcast television in the 1980s because of lax membership standards which have since been tightened up.
The suggestion in both cases is that, because LAFCA doesn’t care to have O’Neil come sucking around eating all their free food, they’re somehow hiding something. The thing is, if LAFCA is hiding something they should probably take down the page on their website that shows a list of all the members complete with bios and a happy little group photograph. Sorry Tom. No one is hiding anything here.