- ”In a recent interview at Salon, Tom McCarthy said that (investigative journalism) is, “so essential to a free and healthy press in our country. The fact that it is eroding should really be a great alarm to people, as much as the ice caps are eroding. We should be really a bit worried about the state of journalism, and not just for the journalists but for us, because that’s who it will impact most.”
- Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
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Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in Spotlight. (Photo: Kerry Hayes)
November 25, 2015 | Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys.
I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that’s for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir).
Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.
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Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line, Sophia A. McClennen, Salon
He's not always right, but Maher's posing provocative questions, and answering them with intelligence, consistency.