CNN is reporting that Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey, Oscar award-winning actor and sexual predator of teenage boys. Just because CNN says something, doesn’t mean it’s true.
For example, I went to my Netflix account and did a search for Kevin Spacey. Lots of results appeared. Here are the top three results:
If Netflix truly cut ties with Kevin Spacey, it would mean they were not making money from his work or paying him for his work. Having his movies and TV shows in their library provides content for Netflix subscribers. People pay to subscribe to Netflix.
Netflix still has economic ties with Kevin Spacey
If I decide to watch House of Cards on Netflix, Kevin Spacey makes money. Netflix pays him a residual for viewership of his work. Not only as an actor but as a producer as well.
If you’re still writing checks to someone, you can’t claim you’ve “cut ties” with them.
Why is CNN claiming Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey when a 10-second search on Netflix proves it’s not true? Because they’re lazy and they don’t seem to have a problem with reporting things that are not true. CNN probably received a press release from Netflix that said they cut ties with Kevin Spacey and the reporter assigned to the story, Sandra Gonzalez, treated it as gospel.
At best it’s lazy reporting on the part of Sandra Gonzalez and a lack of editorial overwatch. At worst, it’s fake news, a willful misreporting of the facts. Knowing CNN, it’s probably a little bit of both.