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David Carr Discusses New York Times Documentary

This summer, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times will release across the nation. The documentary, as you can guess from the title, follows the daily happenings at the paper, and David Carr is featured prominently.

Carr and director Andrew Rossi took time to speak to a Minnesota alt-weekly paper (where Carr previously worked) about the film, and below are some choice quotes.

On the movie itself:

I think it looks and walks and talks like a movie, and the nice thing is through the magic of editing, all the broken plays, all the quotidian aspects of what I do and what you do, all the non-stories that you have to write anyway, you don’t have to look at them. It’s just like duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, Everything’s going along. It doesn’t show me wandering around having no idea what I was doing, whether my story would work or not. It looks so much more heroic than what we actually do.

On the Times’ handling of Iraq:

In terms of ‘we started the war,’ ‘we’re ending the war,’ I don’t see any evidence of that. But we did screw up.

On old journalism versus new journalism:

I think there’s always going to be a kind of pathology in the system, and yes it could be put on steroids by new platforms. But journalism is constructed by humans and there’s going to be mistakes. If anything the web, in general, is more of a self-cleaning oven, more of a self-correcting narrative. Things get truer as they go.

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