Deemed the “enemy of the people” by our current president, journalism in America is on the chopping block. Lies, fake news, propaganda, and verbal subterfuge threaten to cripple our First Amendment. This fascinating exposé of 60 Minutes’ fearsome newsman Mike Wallace turns his hard-hitting, no-holds-barred journalistic style loose on Wallace himself, who is considered by many to be the inventor of the form. Drawing from 50 years of unflinching interrogations with the biggest figures of the 20th century, his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America has come to expect from broadcasters.
Exhuming decades of never-before-seen footage, filmmaker Avi Belkin crafts an all-archival portrait that explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter—a man whose storied career and troubled personal life were inherently entwined with the evolution of broadcast journalism itself.
“A compulsively engrossing account of a career notable for its gutsy, confrontational attitude toward the power brokers in business and politics.” —Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter “It's an approach similar to the way Wallace describes his own legacy: tough but fair. It's neither a smear campaign nor a hymn of praise. It's a genuine attempt to understand.” —Abby Olcese, Slashfilm “...Thinking about how journalism had become such a mess…[director Avi Belkin] began his research, looking for a genesis story to tell about broadcast journalism….” —Jeryl Brunner, Forbes
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