Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bogart and 'Deadline USA': Why Some of Us Got Into the Newspaper Biz

Jackpot: A movie with Bogie as a managing editor at a big, quality daily that was going to be auctioned into oblivion by clueless newspaper heirs who wanted to cash out. Sound familiar?

By Dennis Anderson

Editor of the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale

So, my friend Greg Mitchell earlier this month retrieved from long ago movie time (in a column for E&P) a story that tells us something about how big media works today, with its pack journalism, sensation of the momentary hot story fueled by hysteria and personal tragedy that can be exploited by the scheming careerists of media land. Find an overdosed centerfold or an abducted innocent on a cable news outlet and you will be in the middle of Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" (aka "The Big Carnival").

But there's another, more optimistic, Hollywood cult classic that I would like to tout: "Deadline U.S.A." [Click for MORE]

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