Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
The story of The Killian Documents controversy (a.k.a. "Rathergate") in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election. When veteran newscaster Dan Rather and CBS News head Mary Mapes choose to air a segment on 60 Minutes exposing how President Bush avoided being drafted to Vietnam through his father's political advantages, the resulting fallout ultimately costs them their jobs and reputations. Written by
After Bill Burkett's filmed interview, the 60 Minutes team pass round a bag of Lay's potato chips. Throughout the scene this changes position; sometimes it's shown facing the front, and then suddenly it's facing the other way when the scene is shown from a different angle. See more »
Truth is based on the book by former CBS producer Mary Mapes who was fired over her 60 Minutes segment on sitting President George W. Bush right before the national election in 2004. It also led to the resignation of news anchor Dan Rather in 2005. Cate Blanchett can do anything including a flawless American accent. The rest of the cast holds their own. This story will infuriate those who know how the 1% regularly manipulate any situation which may uncover their flaws and deception. The viewer can draw their own conclusions on how well the journalists performed but we also know how the process of telling the news has been forced to change over the years. The courage to have integrity has also been regularly challenged as we've gotten too politically correct.
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