Cinema: Truth & Consequences

The Insider poses tough questions about credibility and integrity, both on the screen and off

Here's how art imitates life. It's the spring of last year, and Mike Wallace--immemorial TV journalist, much honored anchor of 60 Minutes--is on the phone to film director Michael Mann. Mann is making a movie about one of the less exalted episodes in Wallace's career, the time four years ago when 60 Minutes suppressed its story on Jeffrey Wigand, a tobacco-industry whistle blower. Mann's film moves on two tracks. One is the anguished dealings between Wigand and Lowell Bergman, a 60 Minutes producer who is leash holder and hand holder for the tormented Wigand. The other is the no less anguished...

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