The New York Times media columnist - and ex-crack addict - David Carr is the unlikely hero of Page One: A Year in the Life of The New York Times, a fascinating documentary covering troubling times inside the paper.
Take this sample of dialogue when Carr takes a break from interviewing the founders of Vice Magazine to critique their “alternative” coverage of Liberia.
Vice Magazine Guy The New York Times meanwhile is writing about surfing and I’m sitting there going, “You know what? I’m not going to talk about surfing, I’m going to talk about cannibalism because that fucks me up...”
David Carr Just a sec, time out. Before you ever went there we’ve had reporters there, reporting on genocide after genocide and just ’cos you put on a fucking safari helmet and went and looked at some poop doesn’t give you the right to insult what we do. So continue, continue.
VMG I’m just saying I’m not a journalist...
DC Obviously, obviously, go ahead.
Page One: A Year in the Life of The New York Times is out today