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Following a splashy private screening at Hearst headquarters in New York City and a public world premiere earlier this month at the Hamptons International Film Festival, feature documentary Citizen Hearst has come home to roost. Commissioned by Hearst and narrated by actor William H. Macy, the film will debut in San Francisco tonight at a Legion of Honor event sponsored by the Chronicle.
The movie was co-produced and directed by Leslie Iwerks, who previously took a look at another west coast media giant in The Pixar Story. The parade of on-screen interviews includes Oprah Winfrey, Dan Rather, Mark Burnett, Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger and a number of William Randolph Hearst descendants.
Dan Rather‘s HDNet show Dan Rather Reports just launched a deeply troubling investigation into the LA Archdiocese’s woefully inadequate procedure for vetting priests. The story reveals that Father Fernando Lopez-Lopez, who molested three teenage boys in Los Angeles, had already been arrested for child abuse in Italy when he showed up unannounced in Los Angeles asking for a job several years ago. He was given one in Koreatown–a position that necessitated him working closely with children–despite the fact that then-Cardinal Roger Mahony had promised a new “zero tolerance” policy on sexual abuse.
Rather’s show aired last Tuesday night and will re-air tomorrow at noon on HDNet.
FishbowlLA speaks with Rather about his investigation, after the jump:
Dan Rather is caught up in the royal wedding. And by caught up we mean he’s wildly pissed off about all the ridiculous fluff coverage the event has received. He isn’t too happy with the other non-stories that have caught the media gaze this past week either. Writes Rather on HuffPo:
The next time you hear about another round of layoffs at a TV news division, the closing of a bureau, the decision not to cover a foreign story with full force, remember this week of silliness in April.
Remember the millions of dollars, hundreds of staff and hours of coverage spent on a wedding in London when crises around the globe and here at home festered. Remember the unseemly pas de deux between the press and a reality TV show huckster peddling racially-fraught falsehoods, as both interviewers and the interviewee seek a bump in ratings.
Good Morning America reporter John Berman had a lot of fun today with crazy speculation being floated around the Internet by conspiracy theorists. Namely, that local CBS 2 reporter Serene Branson‘s infamous live Grammy report flub was the result of a top secret U.S. government microwave brain ray experiment.
These conspiracy theorists think the same subterfuge may have encompassed the “migraine” and “chronic fatigue” problems of others as well. Or, as Berman put it: “It does beg the question, why would the government want to attack a Grammy reporter, a Canadian [Mark McAllister], and Judge Judy? But hey, no one said government conspiracies have to make sense; plus, it might help explain my live flub last week.”
James Wall, who played Captain Kangaroo’s friendly neighbor “Mr. Baxter” on the 60′s TV show, died in his sleep Wednesday night. Aside from his television celebrity, Wall worked behind the scenes as a stage manager at CBS for more than 50 years, overseeing some of the network’s most important broadcasts. CBS News writes more about his accomplishments.
Now here’s what we’ve been waiting for our whole lives – Dan Rather and Brian Williams praising Kent Brockman. “Kent Brockman,” admits Williams,”in his own little world has got it going on.” Rather says,”Tip of the Stetson to you.”
Previously on FBLA:
Dan Rather spoke at the Aspen Institute this week and gave an impassioned “state of the media” speech included a plea to the president find a way to help.
“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.
Corporate and political influence on newsrooms, along with the conflation of news and entertainment, has created what Rather called “the dumbing down and sleazing up of what we see on the news.”
It has also thinned the amount of investigative and international journalism. The latter loss of correspondents covering America’s two foreign wars, Rather opined, is both a critical detriment to the nation and a disservice to our troops.
Tears welled in the lifelong reporter’s eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.
Josef Adalian got a gig over at TheWrap.
From their press release:
Adalian is currently Editor of industry publication TVWEEK.com and prior to that had been at Variety, covering television there for a decade. Adalian joins TheWrap’s top-notch editorial and business team, most recently augmented by Variety’s former executive editor Michael Speier, who is News Editor at TheWrap, and former Variety Publisher Charlie Koones, who has joined TheWrap’s Board of Directors.
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We’re a little disappointed Rather didn’t mention his collar. We were waiting for it…
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