Himself - Independent journalist:
Media executives for the most part - people who make decisions on what's on television - are really some of the most ill-informed people when it comes to the news itself. The choices that are made are entertainment-based: Who's pretty? Who speaks English? These are things that I'm asked when I'm pitching a story. They're not going to watch a bunch of bodies exhumed from a gravesite, and seeing law enforcement held accountable; that's not something that's savory.
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Needed Today More Than Ever
Although I follow politics quite closely, I have to admit I had only vaguely heard the name I.F. Stone. Stone, who passed away in 1989 at the age of 81, was a most influential investigative reporter, and published his newsletter I.F. Stone's Weekly from 1953 to 1971. I had no clue that it was a great influence on such iconoclasts and investigative reporters of today as Amy Goodman, Matt Taibbi, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Carl Bernstein, Cenk Uygur, John Carlos Frey, and many others too numerous to mention.
Stone,by doing his investigations and digging into published documents, was able to debunk and point out the lies and spin of governments, the mainstream media, and corporations. Has it ever been more needed then with the current Administration here in America, as well as around the globe? It is so essential that others have picked up the mantle to bring transparency to the obfuscations and lies that those in power would like to keep hidden. I believe social media is also playing a role today in quickly bringing to light things that may well have been able to be kept secret for long periods of time.
Overall, this documentary, directed by Fred Peabody, stresses the importance of today's investigative reporters and the role and influence I.F.Stone played in all of it. As I see it, this is a most important film.
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