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“Just because you put on a fucking safari helmet and looked at some poop doesn’t give you the right to insult what we do,” says David Carr to a roomful of nogoodniks from Vice magazine early on in Page One, the much-buzzed film about The New York Times as seen through its media desk. Carr, a former editor of Washington City Paper, spent the early part of his career lobbing bombs at the establishment; now that he’s part of it, he defends the Grey Lady with “an immigrant’s zeal.” While Carr is the rangy veteran of the media beat, his colleague Brian Stelter is the restless upstart. It’s not a rivalry, though there’s plenty of evidence to back up Carr’s claim that Stelter, who came to the Times after starting the blog TV Newser from his Towson University dorm room, is in fact a robot built to destroy him. Carr can loosen up, speak at panels, and offer a dose of grit. Then there’s Stelter, always tweeting, typing, and tweeting some more.
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