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YMMV / Truth (2015)

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Were Mary Mapes and Dan Rather simply following a lead and got hoodwinked by a con man? Were they rabid partisans willing to use forged documents to influence a presidential election? Or were they martyrs who were hounded out of their jobs for exposing a truth certain powerful people tried to hide?
    • Were the CBS executives conducting a diligent search to find out how a well-respected news anchor and news producer fell victim to a con artist? Were they simply throwing Mapes and Rather under the bus to deflect attention from their own incompetence? Or were they trying to scuttle the story to get political favors from the President and his party?
      • The memos were questionable at best right from the get-go, see What an Idiot! below. Between the partisan slant that CBS had already adopted in favor of Gore and the evidence they already had indicating that they weren't authentic, it's hard not to see them as being driven by ideology and/or stupidity.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Spider-Man 3, Topher Grace played a corrupt photographer who faked a photograph and was fired when he was found it. He appears in this movie, where the use of fake documents led to the firing of an anchor and news producer.
  • What an Idiot!: Bill Burkett told no less than three individual stories of how he got the memos. the last one was incredulous- Burkett said that a woman named Lucy Ramirez told him he would be given an envelope, and that after making copies of the documents inside, he was to burn the envelope and whatever was in it. This would sound incredulous if it was the first story told. But Burkett had changed his story once before already, and was changing it again. and yet, Mary Mapes decided to go along with his story.