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‘Nobody Speak’

In Media on July 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

I’ve just seen a new documentary that is bound to fill any journalist with pride and dread. It’s a Netflix original called, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.” I highly recommend it to you.

First, speaking of pride, I want to say that I heard about the film from Ryan Mac. He’s a former Half Moon Bay Review intern who appears in the film only briefly, but he played a big role in revealing the truth about one of the biggest First Amendment challenges of the last generation. Mac, then working for Forbes, first reported that tech billionaire Peter Thiel was behind Hulk Hogan’s expensive lawsuit that ultimately brought down the Gawker media empire.

I know. It sounds weird, which is why the story didn’t really resonate with me at the time. But as laid out here in the documentary, the Gawker case dots connect to form an arrow into the heart of journalism and the American democracy.

The goes into great depth describing the Hogan v. Gawker case. Apparently because Gawker properties have reported on Silicon Valley in a negative light, Thiel (who founded PayPal and is a major funder of Facebook) decided to take it down. He financed Hogan’s successful civil case, which revolved around publishing a sex tape, and was able to bankrupt an entire media company.

The entire film, to my mind, is a bit uneven. It attempts to tie together three different stories in which notable men with money are making it their business to put us out of business. Why? Because a free press is bad for their businesses. … Read the rest of this entry »

Make time for ‘Spotlight’

In journalism on November 20, 2015 at 8:55 am

Last weekend, I spent two hours sitting still in a dark room and it was the most motivating thing I’ve done in a long time.

I went to see the movie “Spotlight.” You’ve probably heard of it. It’s the nearly entirely true tale of how an investigative unit at The Boston Globe – long known as Spotlight — broke open the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal. For my money, the story is one of the most important, most difficult investigations in the history of American journalism. It’s right up there with Watergate.

Every review I’ve read is glowing. Perhaps that is because they were written by newspaper people who could use a heroic journalism tale right about now.

The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr writes: “This is the kind of simmering process film that makes you want to roll up your sleeves and do some work. To knock on some doors, ask some questions, ignore warnings, crack open a beer, burn the midnight oil and really do something — or maybe that’s just what every journalist watching this film will think.”

She calls it one of the best journalism movies of all time. If that isn’t cause for celebration, I don’t know what is. … Read the rest of this entry »