J movies every journalist should see

These films all highlight important ethical issues that journalists face. (Details from http://www.imdb.com):

Absence of Malice (1981) Directed by Sydney Pollack
“Tagline: Suppose you picked up this morning’s newspaper and your life was a front page headline… And everything they said was accurate… But none of it was true.” Starring Paul Newman and Sally Field

All the President’s Men (1976) Directed by Alan J. Pakula
“Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation.” Starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004) Directed by Robert Greenwald
“Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as “Fair and Balanced”. Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided.”

Shattered Glass (2003) Directed by Billy Ray
“This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass, who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at “The New Republic” for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down.” Starring Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloë Sevigny

The Insider (1999) Directed by Michael Mann
“Based on a true story about a CBS 60 Minutes-episode in 1994 on malpractices in the tobacco industry, that was not aired because CBS parent company Westinghouse objected.” Starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe


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