DIARY: Insider is outside loop about scoop

Much of the hubbub surrounding The Insider has focused on the role PR kamikaze John Scanlon played in discrediting a would-be tobacco industry whistleblower. But in NY media circles, another small detail has raised eyebrows.

Much of the hubbub surrounding The Insider has focused on the role PR kamikaze John Scanlon played in discrediting a would-be tobacco industry whistleblower. But in NY media circles, another small detail has raised eyebrows.

Much of the hubbub surrounding The Insider has focused on the role

PR kamikaze John Scanlon played in discrediting a would-be tobacco

industry whistleblower. But in NY media circles, another small detail

has raised eyebrows.



In the flick, former New York Daily News editor Pete Hamill plays a New

York Times reporter who gets the scoop on how 60 Minutes spiked the

whistleblower’s interview from former CBS producer Lowell Bergman. The

discrepancy? The News originally landed the story first, and some are

claiming that the detail was fudged at the request of Bergman, who now

files for the Times.



The News doesn’t get an inkling of respect in the film. While two of its

staffers were tapped for cameo roles, the two are officially listed in

the credits as Wall Street Journal editors.



On the other hand, who knows if being associated with The Insider -

which views the media with a combination of scorn and pity - is the kind

of PR that the Daily News wants.



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