Watched Nov 29, 2011
This documentary manages to get incredible access to the inner workings of America’s most respected news source at an important juncture in its 160 year history. All Throughout the documentary there’s doom in the air as the internet seems poised to overtake print media as the preeminent news source and the Times is the white whale that these young turks seem to have pasted a bullseye atop. Page One: Inside the New York Times is not exactly a paragon of documentary organization, in fact it seems like a number of different documentaries in one: it could have been a vérité work about what the newsroom is like, it could have been a profile of journalist David Carr, or it could have been a straight exploration of new media vs. old media. It does all of these things and runs the risk of being over-crowded because of this, but it turns out that each of these mini-documentaries is so interesting that it’s hard to hold that against the film and their all woven together so well that you forgive it its overflowing ambitions.