Wednesday, January 06, 2016
But here’s the thing:
The big cover-up they’re trying to uncover is kind of a yawn.
When they announced it to the world, most people just shrugged or were watching THAT ‘70s SHOW.
They got the story right. It was just the evidence that wasn’t completely accurate.
SPOTLIGHT is a way better movie.
And Robert Redford has gotten old.
But nobody died due to this report. No lives were ruined as a result of shoddy reporting. The course of history wasn’t changed. Elections weren’t skewed. Enron wasn't saved. There were no presidential stains on dresses. THAT ‘70s SHOW didn’t suffer a ratings loss. (And Topher Grace was one of the investigators.)
So why did we need over two hours to tell this story? Take a hint: 60 MINUTES. I kept thinking, at least if Aaron Sorkin had written it there would be some zip to the dialogue. I would pay to see a fast-talking pithy Dan Rather.
SIDE NOTE: Blanchett’s next role will be as Lucille Ball. I hope they get Redford to play Desi. Just dye the hair.
CBS has refused to air ads for TRUTH. They don’t want to be embarrassed. And yet they air 2 BROKE GIRLS. They also replaced respected veteran journalist Dan Rather with Katie Couric. I'm just sayin'.
Meanwhile, NBC News and ABC News have also made blunders – projected the wrong candidates winning, getting facts wrong, prematurely announcing someone's death, and then there’s Peter Pan's father, Brian Williams. CNN is no better and it wouldn’t surprise me if Fox News doesn’t even employ a fact-checker. For all these heads to roll over this story seems a better story than the one the movie told. And Cate Blanchett is such a versatile actress I bet she could play Julie Chen if needed.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM