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Film / Truth (2015)

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Truth is a 2015 film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. The movie is about the news team for 60 Minutes. They do a report on the President's military service. However, they soon learn that memos they relied on to make the report might not be authentic.

Truth provides examples of:

  • Media Scrum: Quoted by Mary Mapes.
    Mary Mapes: Our story was about whether the president fulfilled his service. Nobody wants to talk about that. They want to talk about fonts and forgeries, and they hope to God the truth gets lost in the scrum!
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  • Old Media Playing Catch-Up: The authenticity of the documents used to support the story in question were first doubted by bloggers.
  • Spotting the Thread: Machines that could have produced the memos were rare and expensive in the early 1970's, and would not have been available to the Texas Air National Guard.
  • The Film of the Book: The film is based on the memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes.