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Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

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Ben Bagdikian ...
Himself - Author, The Media Monopoly
Jeff Cohen ...
Himself - Executive Director, FAIR
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Himself - Subscribed as freshman at Harvard
Nat Hentoff ...
Himself - Columnist / The Village Voice
Russ Holcomb ...
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Jack Hollander ...
Himself - In fact subscriber at age 15
Lorri Holt ...
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Phillip Knightley ...
Author, The First Casualty
Colman McCarthy ...
Himself - Columnist, The Washington Post
Morton Mintz ...
Himself - Reporter, The Washington Post, retired
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Himself - Read In fact in junior high school
Victor Navasky ...
Himself - Editor / The Nation
George Seldes ...
Himself (archive footage)
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy Award-nominated film includes stunning archival materials. Written by Anonymous

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Superb documentary
23 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

George Seldes was a journalist and leftist gadfly from the 1920s through the 1950s. He started his career working for the conservative Chicago Tribune and founded a newsletter called In Fact that reported the news the mainstream media ignored. Tell the Truth and Run is not only the story of Seldes struggle to inform, it's also the story of American journalism and its unholy marriage with corporate America. The most remarkable segment involves his efforts, starting in 1942(!), to report the results of Johns Hopkins research that showed the dangers of cigarette smoking--news that the Surgeon General apparently ignored for 20 years. Now more relevant than ever, this is a must see film for critical thinkers of all political stripes.


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