New Times LA's Spoof Riles NBC

august 19, 2002  05:33 pm
"I hope it gets people to think about the nature of television and the business that it does." So says Tony Ortega, a New Times LA writer who admits that "maybe" he penned a "news story" reporting that NBC is about to cut a deal for "Survive This!" -- a "'Survivor' meets Hannibal Lechter"-style reality series starring the two California teenagers whose recent abduction and rape made the national news. An NBC spokeswoman says there is "no truth" to the story. Another New Times paper, the Dallas Observer, was sued earlier this year by two local officials targeted in a similar spoof.