‘Good reporters don’t have friends, only sources’

From The Atlantic magazine’s review of the Russell Crowe-Ben Affleck-Helen Mirren starrer State of Play, releasing today, April 17:

“The problem with journalism—and with journalism movies—is that getting the story isn’t the same thing as getting the girl, or getting the bad guy.  You file a story, and if you’re very, very lucky, and have done a very, very good job with your reporting, the cavalry follows your pointed finger into town.  Someone better-looking than you unties the pretty girl from the train tracks, and a prosecutor in a better suit than you can afford puts the criminal away.”

Read the full review: A portrait of the journalist as a fallible man

Also read: Bogart on the wall, Hunter in the hip pocket

‘I don’t think this is the business of journalism

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