No such problem exists with the Times own Michael Kinsley, who panned it as a mess, but dont listen to him Im guessing most Oklahomans pay no mind to NYT, anyway because its an enormously entertaining work.
As the title suggests, this is a fly-on-the-wall look at the inner workings of what is arguably the fourth estates most respected American newspaper, whose influence is felt far beyond the five boroughs.
With a heavy concentration on its news and media desks, we follow its editors, reporters and other staffers for a year. Director Andrew Rossi (Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven) lucked out with a meaty one: a time at which the world inside the Times building was shaking up as unpredictably as the one outside it.
While the paper reports on WikiLeaks, not yet a household name, and the war in Afghanistan, it also feels the prickly end of the new media shift, primarily in layoffs of valuable, productive, longtime employees.
If anyone is to benefit from participating in Rossis 12-month exercise and he already has it is David Carr. Having clawed back into the paper chase from a crack addiction, the curmudgeonly reporter takes BS from absolutely no one. His gravel-strewn voice is intimidating alone, but his questions and comebacks sting like a whip. In one of the films greatest scenes, the guys behind Vice magazine learn this the hard way. Carrs personality is so unique, so vibrant, hed be worthy of Oscar consideration, if only it were a performance. (Enjoy the deleted scene of him in his basement studio, attempting to shoot an Internet video.)
Refreshingly, the documentary includes instances of Times execs owning up to mistakes of the past. This not only helps alleviate notions that the work is inherently biased, but makes me feel better that it happens to the best of us.
But dont think only journalists can enjoy the workplace drama that unfolds within the Times walls; many more people than detectives and advertising execs watch any given episode of The Killing and Mad Men, respectively, and Page One is fraught with no less emotion. Rod Lott