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Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | October 1996 (USA)
The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Susan Sarandon ... Narrator (voice)
Edward Asner ... Reader - Seldes' Writings (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Bagdikian Ben Bagdikian ... Himself - Author, The Media Monopoly
Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen ... Himself - Executive Director, FAIR
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself - Subscribed as freshman at Harvard
Nat Hentoff Nat Hentoff ... Himself - Columnist / The Village Voice
Russ Holcomb Russ Holcomb ... Additional Voice (voice)
Jack Hollander Jack Hollander ... Himself - In fact subscriber at age 15
Lorri Holt Lorri Holt ... Additional Voice (voice)
Phillip Knightley Phillip Knightley ... Author, The First Casualty
Colman McCarthy Colman McCarthy ... Himself - Columnist, The Washington Post
Morton Mintz Morton Mintz ... Himself - Reporter, The Washington Post, retired
Ralph Nader ... Himself - Read In fact in junior high school
Victor Navasky Victor Navasky ... Himself - Editor / The Nation
George Seldes George Seldes ... Himself (archive footage)


The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy Award-nominated film includes stunning archival materials. Written by Anonymous

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A fascinating history of the 20th century that you never hear.
13 November 2000 | by smcgaheeSee all my reviews

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. George Seldes is a reporter/editor who was involved in the major events of the 20th century. He offers first hand commentary on how the mainstream press is manipulated and controlled by financial interests, how news is suppressed in order to protect corporations. One rarely hears such first hand accounts from the Spanish Civil War, the Russian Revolution, the major 20th century conflicts, and the McCarthy hearings, as well as how a free press in the United States survived and inspired.

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