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Tell the truth - but tell it slant

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By Kelly LeVan

Four/five kernels As a journalist, it’s important to keep your priorities straight. The story comes first, and when you’re writing it, you – and your own ambitions – don’t matter. However, a person can get mixed up when a big story for means big money for him.Kirk Douglas stars as a crooked reporter in the next film up in Mesa Public Library’s free monthly series, Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole” (1951), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room theater.Douglas plays Chuck Tatum, whose byline used to grace the pages of various large circulation East Coast papers. A few unscrupulous deals – some involving words, others women – left him drunk and riding a tow truck to a newspaper office in Albuquerque, begging for a job.The editor, Jacob Q. Boot (Porter Hall), immediately and correctly strikes Tatum as a conservative man. He wears both a belt and suspenders – and his newsprint runs equally cautious. If hot news ever happens in Albuquerque, Boot doesn’t seem the kind of man to play it up, even for the sake of sales.Journalists are supposed to tell the news, not make it, Boot thinks. “Tell the Truth,” reads an embroidered sign over his desk, and you know, as a viewer, that he does.Tatum, on the other hand, doesn’t seek the truth so much as his own fortune.


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