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With ‘She Said’, The New York Times Faces Itself On Screen Yet Again

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One problem with being The New York Times—big, lumbering, important—is that you sometimes get in your own way. It happens even when you cover the movies.

Every now and then, you find yourself looking at a picture that’s looking at you. And that can be awkward.Just such a moment is pending, as The Times prepares to deal with She Said, Maria Schrader’s film about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of Harvey Weinstein and sex abuse by two of its reporters, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.That was a proud enterprise for the paper, the kind of reporting it’s supposed to do.

But past triumph won’t make it any easier for the Times‘ critics and cultural reporters to cover the film when Universal unveils it at the New York Film Festival on Oct.

13, at a world premiere that will find their two colleagues on-stage with the actresses who portray them, Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan.For one thing, there’s the obvious potential for conflict of interest: Say anything good about the picture, and you’re serving yourself.Beyond that, Times insiders know too much about the investigators and their editors—especially ex-executive editor Dean Baquet, played by Andre Braugher, and his lieutenant Rebecca Corbett, played by Patricia Clarkson—to simply accept the movie for what it has to be, a somewhat massaged version of reality.

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