Truth Reviews

  • Feb 25, 2019

    Total Propaganda. Bad Redford, Bad. Here is what an independent review found on the CBS news fiasco: The failure to obtain clear authentication of any of the Killian documents from any document examiner; The false statement in the September 8 Segment that an expert had authenticated the Killian documents when all he had done was authenticate one signature from one document used in the Segment; The failure of 60 Minutes Wednesday management to scrutinize the publicly available, and at times controversial, background of the source of the documents, retired Texas Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett; The failure to find and interview the individual who was understood at the outset to be Lieutenant Colonel Burkett's source of the Killian documents, and thus to establish the chain of custody; The failure to establish a basis for the statement in the Segment that the documents "were taken from Colonel Killian's personal files"; The failure to develop adequate corroboration to support the statements in the Killian documents and to carefully compare the Killian documents to official TexANG records, which would have identified, at a minimum, notable inconsistencies in content and format; The failure to interview a range of former National Guardsmen who served with Lieutenant Colonel Killian and who had different perspectives about the documents; The misleading impression conveyed in the Segment that Lieutenant Strong had authenticated the content of the documents when he did not have the personal knowledge to do so; The failure to have a vetting process capable of dealing effectively with the production speed, significance and sensitivity of the Segment; and The telephone call prior to the Segment's airing by the producer of the Segment to a senior campaign official of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry â" a clear conflict of interest â" that created the appearance of a political bias. Once questions were raised about the September 8 Segment, the reporting thereafter was mishandled and compounded the damage done. Among the more egregious shortcomings during the Aftermath were: The strident defense of the September 8 Segment by CBS News without adequately probing whether any of the questions raised had merit; Allowing many of the same individuals who produced and vetted the by-then controversial September 8 Segment to also produce the follow-up news reports defending the Segment; The inaccurate press statements issued by CBS News after the broadcast of the Segment that the source of the documents was "unimpeachable" and that experts had vouched for their authenticity; The misleading stories defending the Segment that aired on the CBS Evening News after September 8 despite strong and multiple indications of serious flaws; The efforts by 60 Minutes Wednesday to find additional document examiners who would vouch for the authenticity of the documents instead of identifying the best examiners available regardless of whether they would support this position; and Preparing news stories that sought to support the Segment, instead of providing accurate and balanced coverage of a raging controversy.

    Total Propaganda. Bad Redford, Bad. Here is what an independent review found on the CBS news fiasco: The failure to obtain clear authentication of any of the Killian documents from any document examiner; The false statement in the September 8 Segment that an expert had authenticated the Killian documents when all he had done was authenticate one signature from one document used in the Segment; The failure of 60 Minutes Wednesday management to scrutinize the publicly available, and at times controversial, background of the source of the documents, retired Texas Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Bill Burkett; The failure to find and interview the individual who was understood at the outset to be Lieutenant Colonel Burkett's source of the Killian documents, and thus to establish the chain of custody; The failure to establish a basis for the statement in the Segment that the documents "were taken from Colonel Killian's personal files"; The failure to develop adequate corroboration to support the statements in the Killian documents and to carefully compare the Killian documents to official TexANG records, which would have identified, at a minimum, notable inconsistencies in content and format; The failure to interview a range of former National Guardsmen who served with Lieutenant Colonel Killian and who had different perspectives about the documents; The misleading impression conveyed in the Segment that Lieutenant Strong had authenticated the content of the documents when he did not have the personal knowledge to do so; The failure to have a vetting process capable of dealing effectively with the production speed, significance and sensitivity of the Segment; and The telephone call prior to the Segment's airing by the producer of the Segment to a senior campaign official of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry â" a clear conflict of interest â" that created the appearance of a political bias. Once questions were raised about the September 8 Segment, the reporting thereafter was mishandled and compounded the damage done. Among the more egregious shortcomings during the Aftermath were: The strident defense of the September 8 Segment by CBS News without adequately probing whether any of the questions raised had merit; Allowing many of the same individuals who produced and vetted the by-then controversial September 8 Segment to also produce the follow-up news reports defending the Segment; The inaccurate press statements issued by CBS News after the broadcast of the Segment that the source of the documents was "unimpeachable" and that experts had vouched for their authenticity; The misleading stories defending the Segment that aired on the CBS Evening News after September 8 despite strong and multiple indications of serious flaws; The efforts by 60 Minutes Wednesday to find additional document examiners who would vouch for the authenticity of the documents instead of identifying the best examiners available regardless of whether they would support this position; and Preparing news stories that sought to support the Segment, instead of providing accurate and balanced coverage of a raging controversy.

  • Nov 19, 2018

    2018-11-19 This is kind of a weird story for me. I guess it's going to tell people that the most important thing is the truth, and they even lost their career for spreading the truth to people. However, this movie is not encouraging in the end ..

    2018-11-19 This is kind of a weird story for me. I guess it's going to tell people that the most important thing is the truth, and they even lost their career for spreading the truth to people. However, this movie is not encouraging in the end ..

  • Oct 26, 2018

    Solid, but a bit old-fashioned political docudrama makes well use of its star cast and does manage to convey the vagaries and risks of a high-profile journalistic investigation into a political scandal.

    Solid, but a bit old-fashioned political docudrama makes well use of its star cast and does manage to convey the vagaries and risks of a high-profile journalistic investigation into a political scandal.

  • Jul 25, 2018

    Pretty good film depicting journalists trying to get dubya down before a second mandate. It backfired against them. True or not, lots of people tried to avoid going to Vietnam and even escaped by thousands to Canada. This could not bring him down.

    Pretty good film depicting journalists trying to get dubya down before a second mandate. It backfired against them. True or not, lots of people tried to avoid going to Vietnam and even escaped by thousands to Canada. This could not bring him down.

  • Mar 24, 2018

    Cate Blanchett at her finest. Loved the emotional rawness she showed here. A compelling story that I was hearing about for the first time.

    Cate Blanchett at her finest. Loved the emotional rawness she showed here. A compelling story that I was hearing about for the first time.

  • Mar 05, 2018

    Object lesson in truth-telling - and it seems those of most political stripes nowadays - to avoid doing so at any cost

    Object lesson in truth-telling - and it seems those of most political stripes nowadays - to avoid doing so at any cost

  • Dec 27, 2017

    One of the worst movies I've seen. They try to paint Mary Mapes and Dan Rather as heroes when they were anything but.

    One of the worst movies I've seen. They try to paint Mary Mapes and Dan Rather as heroes when they were anything but.

  • Dec 17, 2017

    Great acting and great story. After some research, learning that this is closer to the truth than what we saw on CBS as well as right-wing extremists, I have figured it out. The documents were never the issue - the calls and other evidence shown the truth. But the right-wing media is great at changing the focus and staying on it forever. The "liberal" or "progressive media" are willing to admit mistakes in detail - which the right uses against them. The right is always right, no matter what. The progressive media - which may be right or left - is weak because it admits that nothing is iron-clad. This isn't what journalists were trained to do since the first School of Journalism was founded in Columbia, Missouri over a century ago. Instead groups of people, claiming to be journlalists with no agenda other than the truth. The law firm CBS asked to look into the issue in this movie was controlled by the Republican party, and it had a POV of it's own: that CBS was a liberal media organization out to get President George Bush. Yet their own report showed there was no political bias in the reporting. And more importantly, Mary Mapes won multiples awards for her 60 Minutes Report on Abu Grave. CBS fired her - if they had to sacrifice anyone with a firing, it will be the woman, and it was. Of course, despite her award-winning journalism. And now I understand why Dan Rather is on Sirius Radio - no one can tell him what to say or do ever. Most importantly - despite the war against a few documents, the investigative journalists proved independently that what was said in them was an accurate picture of history. That's what matters. Of course, in Texas, the truth rarely matters -- think JFK and LBJ.

    Great acting and great story. After some research, learning that this is closer to the truth than what we saw on CBS as well as right-wing extremists, I have figured it out. The documents were never the issue - the calls and other evidence shown the truth. But the right-wing media is great at changing the focus and staying on it forever. The "liberal" or "progressive media" are willing to admit mistakes in detail - which the right uses against them. The right is always right, no matter what. The progressive media - which may be right or left - is weak because it admits that nothing is iron-clad. This isn't what journalists were trained to do since the first School of Journalism was founded in Columbia, Missouri over a century ago. Instead groups of people, claiming to be journlalists with no agenda other than the truth. The law firm CBS asked to look into the issue in this movie was controlled by the Republican party, and it had a POV of it's own: that CBS was a liberal media organization out to get President George Bush. Yet their own report showed there was no political bias in the reporting. And more importantly, Mary Mapes won multiples awards for her 60 Minutes Report on Abu Grave. CBS fired her - if they had to sacrifice anyone with a firing, it will be the woman, and it was. Of course, despite her award-winning journalism. And now I understand why Dan Rather is on Sirius Radio - no one can tell him what to say or do ever. Most importantly - despite the war against a few documents, the investigative journalists proved independently that what was said in them was an accurate picture of history. That's what matters. Of course, in Texas, the truth rarely matters -- think JFK and LBJ.

  • Nov 28, 2017

    Pretty good movie. Amidst conflicting stories of the truth and fairly formulaic storytelling, the film is carried by compelling depictions of the reporting conducted in this story and strong performances from its cast, especially Blanchett.

    Pretty good movie. Amidst conflicting stories of the truth and fairly formulaic storytelling, the film is carried by compelling depictions of the reporting conducted in this story and strong performances from its cast, especially Blanchett.

  • Aug 16, 2017

    A storyline and cast with a lot of potential, but the character development and lack of flow between scenes left me wanting. Blanchett delivers a really strong performance, but it’s not enough to lift the film as a whole.

    A storyline and cast with a lot of potential, but the character development and lack of flow between scenes left me wanting. Blanchett delivers a really strong performance, but it’s not enough to lift the film as a whole.