Let’s not argue about whether Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks (and played by Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Fifth Estate,” out Friday) is a “real” journalist. As “real” journalists, our job is to make up lists about movie journalists.
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford brought these real-life Posties to the screen in 1976’s “All the President’s Men,” a title that today would need much better SEO.
Edward R. Murrow
David Strathairn played the real-life pioneering anchor in 2005’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” which proved that hard-core reporting was once synonymous with hard-core smoking. We can’t even have lit candles at our desks.
In 1994’s “The Paper,” Michael Keaton played a tabloid editor who, at one point, actually got to yell “STOP THE PRESSES.” He could do that because the presses were in the basement. Our basement has a parking deck. Not as dramatic.
2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” portrayed the fame and fortune that comes with being a big-time TV news anchor. We get no such accolades working for a print publication, but we can type really fast. So take that.
“Citizen Kane” is the most accurate portrayal of journalism in the movies, as the 1941 film has a scene where Leland (Joseph Cotten) is passed out drunk over his typewriter. Though today we use computers.