The “Truth” film about Rathergate bombed at box office, but … so?

As a number of reports last October, including this one from Page Six noted,

After unenthusiastic reviews, the revisionist history of Dan Rather’s demise at CBS News had a weak opening weekend with a pathetic per-theater average of just $11,000.Younger-skewing publications like Paste echoed many of the mixed reactions in pointing out that the film “feels phony, but doesn’t offer up any entertainment value in the place of the honesty it’s lacking.” More.

Reality check: The film was worth the money for Sony, and others in the business, if all it does is switch the conversation from “How have media changed?” to “Ain’t it awful what happened to these heroic progressives?”

What Rather and Mapes did was pretty much the opposite of what Woodward and Bernstein did. The former pushed a story they knew was true and brought down a president.

Rather and Mapes pushed a story they had to know was false, but pushed it anyway until it collapsed publicly, damaging the network (but those types of news delivery systems are declining anyway, so that isn’t as big a deal as some thought at the time).

Being the must trusted name in news doesn’t matter when everyone just wants to hear their own narrative told the way they like.

It is quite possible for a high tech society to be governed by the same values as a witchcraft ridden primeval village, and we are seeing it. One clue: Fact doesn’t matter much any more. (Though back in 2004 it still did.)

It becomes nearly impossible to say what is obvious, and capable people are defending themselves against increasingly bizarre charges, launched by non-entities with a finger to the wind.

Summary: Get ready for mostly manufactured news. If that’s a problem for you, you will need to be your own news director now.

See also: News reporter worst 2015 job? Manufacturing news is undergoing a downturn like other manufacturing businesses. It is, however, poised to become both more daring and more a part of everyday life. Watch thi space.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Charles Johnson’s of Little Green Footballs 15 minutes of fame.

    • terrence

      A long time ago I USED to read his blog; but he quickly became a laughingstock.

      He really shot himself in both feet – pretty hard to with both feet in his mouth and his head up his rectum.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Has he died yet? So many people were wishing him dead when his brain went AWOL. I wonder if the mass-voicing of such wishes can be effective. If so, we have to work on Justin Trudeau!

      • Ron MacDonald

        I was an active member during Rathergate, he took credit for a lot of work done by other members. He spent most of his time promoting himself, he banned me after I questions him on some of his writings.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Denyse, I appreciate the way you cross-reference current postings to related past postings. I find that very helpful and I am certain others do as well. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the quality content you post here, which is consistently excellent. I actually find myself looking out for things posted by you when I have my morning coffee. Keep it up! 😉

    • Minicapt

      … okay, two cookies …


      • Justin St.Denis

        What? I’ve no idea what you are referencing.

        • Minicapt

          I was needling you on your statement of appreciation to BM. Sorry …


    • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

      I am most grateful, Justin. It is a privilege to provide news services for readers like yourself, who do not say, “Hush! Someone might be offended!” irrespective of the veracity of the information. (That matters so little now.)

      Cross-referencing is meant to assist person who are new to the topic and want to begin to find out more without going to sources they don’t know.

  • bob e

    good point .. it was not only wood & burn .. it was the first total victory of the new left media. carl b had a nice pony tail, ear ring & coke spoon round his neck though .. eh ?? he was sooo hip. woodward is still self relevancing himself today .. comparing nixon to barry o’fraud .. if it was only those two against nixon, no one would have ever hear about them.
    nixon would have eaten them for a snack ..