Page One: Inside The New York Times

Insightful documentary shows David Carr’s heroics for The New York Times

“I’m afraid of guns, i’m afraid of bats…but i’m not afraid of this”, David Carr, the Media and Culture columnsit for The New York Times, stated in an interview captured during this intellectual documentary based on the declanation and troubles that The New York Times faced in 2010. This film was directed by Andrew Rossi and is focused around how The New York Times pick and decide their stories and when the paper decided to use information from Wikileaks for their headlines, leading to disrespect from others.

Throughout the documentary David Carr strongly gets his opinions across to his opponents, through press conferences, telephone interviews and face to face interviews. At one point Carr is interviewing editors at the Vice studio and instead of looking at his interviewee, he is simply typing the quotes on his laptop symbolising that he feels his newspaper is more important than Vice, so important that eye contact is not needed when interviewing. Carr then goes into a Jeremy Paxman style persona when one of the editors takes a stab at The New York Times by explaining that they do not go to other countries and locate the important stories. Not only does Carr retaliate by swearing, he shouts about what he thinks of Vice “We have had reporters going over there for the last 5 years researching the genocide, all you did was look at some poo”.

Davis Carr’s opinions aside the documentary also follows the work of media executive editor, Bruce Hedlam, and media reporter, Brian Stelter, who in the film show how a reporter, Stelter, gathers the information and quotes from interviews and then requires the editors approval, Hedlam, to see whether the story can go forward and be published.

Journalists and common folk alike will enjoy this entertaining documentary…