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July 30, 2012

Power of the Press

During World War II Hollywood produced many cautionary tales: Films to inspire the public to participate in the war effort, films to recognize anti American attitudes, films to expose the possibilities of spies and the list goes on. The Power of the Press is a non-stop sledgehammer relentlessly exposing the corruption of the press and the cost of its aggression on the innocent. That is the film goes to great lengths to show the horrors of a corrupt press. The story was too obvious for the viewers in the 1940s and the film was ridiculed.
However, today the corrupt characters of the film seem like they are acting out a Mission Statement for many modern forms of "The Press". Todays press is proud of its corruption and its malicious attacks. Todays press knows it can only "sell the soap" if it makes the story. Okay I'll stop.
If you want to see what the hope for a modern press was, this is the film. It may be heavy handed in its delivery but it is an important view that was to be the American Dream. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 49888-D 64 minutes 1943
Written by Sam Fuller. Directed by Lew Landers.

Posted by mcmike at July 30, 2012 11:18 AM


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