YOU GOT REALLY LUCKY, BEING ON HAND BOTH WHEN WIKILEAKS FIRST ENTERED THE SCENE, AND WHEN THE TRIBUNE SCANDAL BEGAN TAKING SHAPE. DID YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY CUTTING THOSE STORIES DOWN INTO THE SEGMENTS AS THEY APPEAR ONSCREEN?
Yes, although the Tribune story just lends itself to this very cinematic kind of progression. I mean, it's good against evil. Sam Zell is the Lex Luthor of the newspaper business (I mean that as a joke). What Sam Zell has done to the Tribune Company is not just bankrupt it financially, but he has — as David Carr says — significantly impacted its ability to serve the community, and the community in which all of those newspapers are as a common part of our society, and so it's really thrilling to see David not just writing a story and seeing the journalism it takes to execute that story, but also to be doing good at the same time. And I think that kind of characterizes David's role throughout the film. We see him as a defender of the Times in amusing ways, and in provocative ways, but somehow he taps into something that the whole country is feeling right now, which is this dislocation or alienation from a world that's changing so quickly, that many people in their jobs, whether it's in Detroit or, indeed, in the publishing world — have this sense of "I don't get it, where's it all headed?"
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