"Page One" is also (mostly?) the continuing story of David Carr, the increasingly-folk-hero-ish media reporter and maybe the fiercest defender the Times has. (Indeed, "Page One" is a pretty good sequel to Carr's memoir, "The Night of the Gun," in which he approaches his own drug-filled past with a reporter's edge and often beautiful prose.) It gets a little exhausting after a fashion, but the camera loves him, and he clearly loves it right back.
And Carr is full-throated about his fondness for the paper — inspiringly so. He smacks down both a Vice magazine co-founder in mid-interview (noting that the Times has had reporters in Liberia forever) and aggregator Michael Wolff of Newser.com (noting that without original reporting, aggregators wouldn't have much to aggregate).
Carr also did stellar work reporting the demise of the Tribune Co. as run by businessman Samuel Zell (Zell purchased the Tribune Co.; it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in 2008) and we see Carr-as-reporter — checking sources, getting quotes, shaping the piece. It's a nice glimpse into good reporting. But hearing him talk about how much time he has to write a story, I can't even bring myself to type the amount, because it might cause seizures in anyone who works for a smaller paper. Nevertheless, a glaring question remains on the table: "How do you cover the president on the cheap?"
Anyone know? Anyone? Please?