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''Dead'' wrong

A reality check for NBC's ''Deadline''

Apparently, even a drama about newspaper reporting is afforded creative license. NBC’s Deadline, starring Oliver Platt as columnist Wallace ”Never take a note” Benton, has as many inaccuracies about the ink-stained-wretch profession as the Weekly World News has Elvis sightings.

ON DEADLINE
Cops allow Platt to grill murder suspect alone in the interrogation room.
IN REALITY
Cops allow 43 journalists to simultaneously shout questions at murder suspect with jacket pulled over his head during 10.3-second perp walk.

ON DEADLINE
Gossip columnist Lili Taylor refuses to print that a movie actress has bulimia.
IN REALITY
Gossip columnist steals movie actress’ lunch napkin to scour for vomit traces.

ON DEADLINE
Platt deputizes his journalism students to do legwork for his investigative articles.
IN REALITY
Writer deputizes his journalism students to do legwork for his articles — then passive-aggressively gives them Cs so they’ll never get his job.

ON DEADLINE
Computer-illiterate Platt is stymied by the mouse and can barely send e-mail.
IN REALITY
Computer-literate journalist can simultaneously surf six windows of Web porn for the smut expose he’s ”researching” on his downtime.

ON DEADLINE
Platt makes $300,000 a year, lives in a cavernous duplex, and dresses in tailored pinstripe suits.
IN REALITY
This underpaid journalist bitterly scoffs that Platt’s TV salary is exaggerated; returns to lunching on reheated mac-‘n’-cheese.