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How the New York Times Really Feels About Its Portrayal in ‘Page One’

Overall, the reviews for Andrew Rossi‘s Page One: Inside the New York Times have been strong all around. It’s scoring an 81 percent on Rottentomatoes.com, and Lisa Schwarzbaum at Entertainment Weekly reviewed that “it’s not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that.” But for Rossi, just as important as the critics’ reactions are likely the reactions of the stars of the film at the Times. Thanks to New York magazine and Esquire, we were able to collect the inside scoop on how the men of the Times felt about the way they were portrayed. Here is what they have been saying:

David Carr: “If you want to signal to people that you’re a big jerk, walking around with a camera behind you is a good way to do it…but by the time the movie gets done, we look like action figures. Like, ‘WOW!’ But that really isn’t what our job is like.” (Daily Intel)

Brian Stelter: “It’s hard watching the version of myself that’s onscreen… When the film started production, I was 90 pounds heavier, and I lost weight as the film progressed, coincidentally. On the other hand, I’m glad I have a record of it.” (Daily Intel)

Bill Keller: “I saw an earlier edit of it. I found it kind of boring. I told Andrew [Rossi, the director], ‘As an editor, I think this piece would work better if you cut it down to 60 minutes.’ Then I realized that one reason I found it boring is that it seems very familiar.” (Esquire)

Bruce Headlam: “There are very few women in the documentary. There were women in my group — two out of about ten reporters. They didn’t want to cooperate.” (Daily Intel)

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