Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
The story of The Killian Documents controversy (a.k.a. "Rathergate") in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election. When veteran newscaster Dan Rather and CBS News head Mary Mapes choose to air a segment on 60 Minutes exposing how President Bush avoided being drafted to Vietnam through his father's political advantages, the resulting fallout ultimately costs them their jobs and reputations.Written by
The film is based on Mary Mapes' 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power". See more »
The 60 Minutes report airs at, presumably 8 PM eastern (in early September), based on the rundown clock in the edit room. When her husband and son are watching the show in Dallas (at presumably 7PM, it's dark outside.
Also, when the 60 Minutes executive is watching the evening news reports in his office, presumably a few days later (also presumably at 6:30-7:00 in early-mid September), it's also dark out. See more »
CBS prime news producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and her staff investigate allegations that George W. Bush was given preferential treatment while in the military which kept him out of Viet Nam and that he may have also been AWOL for a periods of time.
Believing the memos in their position are hard evidence validating their claims, they prepare a segment for their weekly 60 Minutes program. News veteran Dan Rather delivers their findings before their viewing audience just months before the 2004 presidential election.
This film illustrates how people can convince themselves they are doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons and leads to the beginning of the downfall of news organizations. If you're not sure how the news is produced, you might want to see this one.
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