PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES
Raging Against the Dying Light
Release Date: June 24, 2011
Starring: David Carr
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Andrew Rossi
Executive Producer: Josh Braun, Kate Novack,
Daniel Pine, Andrew Rossi,
Producer: Alan Oxman, Adam Schlesinger
Writer: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi
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Among the other events portrayed in intercutting storylines are the philosophical battles over what stories merit front-page status each day, as well as how to handle a controversial story like the Wikileaks war footage scandal. While the paper is portrayed with immense respect overall, the moviemakers provide a sense that the paper has been slipping in respect, along with the overall print media industry. Also, their movie focuses in part on the major errors and scandals in the 1990s and 2000s, such as the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal and reporter Judith Miller’s fight to keep sources secret during the run-up to the Iraq War, which the moviemakers imply enabled the war to occur and grow bigger.
While it’s understood that the Times is a secular news institution, the movie doesn’t show any stories that mock faith or Christianity, even as any astute media observer would know that the paper and its staffers are largely secular humanists. That said, it does spend some time focusing on the controversial Wikileaks footage showing American troops shooting Afghan civilians. This reflects the Times’ own bias against the American military. The Times never passes up a chance to report on some incident that makes America’s troops look bad, while ignoring all the good the troops do in fighting evil, promoting liberty and even helping innocent civilians and children.
The pace in PAGE ONE is fast yet informative and the personalities are colorful, especially foul-mouthed media columnist David Carr, who overcame crack addiction to land his post and become a stable father. Overall, PAGE ONE is a movie that provides insights into an institution that has heretofore remained largely unknown due to its ivory tower status.
The movie’s strong (though not constant) foul language, brief sex references and negative view of American troops in Afghanistan require extreme caution.
The pace is fast, yet informative. The personalities are colorful, especially foul-mouthed media columnist David Carr, who overcame crack addiction to land his post and become a stable father. PAGE ONE provides insights into the inner workings of a closed institution. However, the movie contains strong foul language and brief lewd references. It also focuses on a story giving a one-sided, negative view of American troops in Afghanistan. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for PAGE ONE.