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How do newspaper people decide what you should read? This revealing documentary takes viewers inside the offices of the New York Post to see how the tabloid handles reporting the news. Bill Kurtis hosts.
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A&E's Investigative Reports takes a fast-paced look at one of New York City's most prominent newspapers in Tabloid! Inside the New York Post. This documentary portrays the Post, warts and all, as a highly competitive news organization that runs the gamut from analytical business coverage to vicious celebrity mudslinging. "We're a tabloid and that means we cover news through people and personalities, more than through abstract issues," says a staff writer for the Post whose take-no-prisoners approach is embraced by her colleagues. We're introduced to "Calamity" Sam Costanza, a crime photographer and adrenaline junkie on the prowl for fires, muggings, and particularly juicy murders; Richard Johnson, a gossip columnist with a vendetta against actor Alec Baldwin; and Managing Editor Marc Kalech, who proudly proclaims, "We attack people who need attacking." Sure, it's somewhat bizarre to witness such a huge collection of egomaniacs, hard-core journalists, and shallow columnists cranking out stories that have the barest resemblance to anything called news. However, Tabloid ties together a host of seemingly unrelated subplots and creates a compelling portrait of New York's most controversial newspaper. --Tim Brennan
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