Robert Redford is Dan Rather in the First Clip from ‘Truth’

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It seems like we’re in a sad state of affairs when it comes to hard-hitting journalism, though I would venture to say that if you believe that you’re likely just watching television news and that would be your first mistake. The downfall of television news is a multi-faceted problem, one that is best explored in the heart-breaking prophecy of Network. Even with the internet, many of the so-called news organizations carry with them an ideological slant that one needs a strong familiarity with Orwell to siphon through all the bullshit. Dan Rather was once one of the respect anchors of a nightly news show, and he was brought down by an erroneous report about President George W. Bush‘s time in the Texas Air National Guard during the 2004 presidential election. Cries of “Liberal media bias!” hounded the reporter, though ironically the Bush campagin itself was dabbling in unsubstantiated reports on John Kerry‘s Vietnam War record. All of this brought down Rather from the anchor’s chair, and thus turned him into a talking point for right-wing ideologues.

The downfall of Dan Rather will now be turned into a feature film from James Vanderbilt. The Zodiac screenwriter is making his directorial debut with Truth, which sees Robert Redford step into the role of the disgraced newsman. Frankly, I don’t know if there’s much of a cinematic element to this story, and cries of “Liberal Hollywood bias!” won’t be far if Vanderbilt and company pull any punches on Rather’s sloppy reporting.

Here’s the first clip from Truth, which will be premiering this week at the Toronto Film Festival. Truth co-stars Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid and opens in theaters on October 16th, 2015.

The official synopsis for Truth:

TRUTH is an independent feature film based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes. In the vein of “All The President’s Men” and “The Insider”, it is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather’s producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, among others.

The film chronicles the story Mapes and Rather uncovered that a sitting US president may have been AWOL from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather’s career, nearly changed a US Presidential election, and almost took down all of CBS News in the process.

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