The Oscar-nominated filmmaker reportedly has been shooting in Times' newsroom for months
The New York Times has been a regular target of Donald Trump's ire since he took office, or as he prefers to call the paper, the "failing New York Times."
According to multiple reports, the august journalistic institution is the subject of a documentary now in production for Showtime directed by Liz Garbus, the Emmy-winning director of What Happened Miss Simone? The film will examine the Times in the Trump era, and the larger role of the fourth estate at a time when the president seems intent on delegitimizing an independent news media.
"The project has been kept hush-hush inside the Times and Showtime. But interest was piqued when Garbus filmed some of the Times' daily editorial meetings," CNN's Brian Stelter, a former New York Times staffer, reported.
"The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has been filming inside the newspaper’s newsroom for the past six months to gather footage for the series," according to Variety.
Showtime has not commented on the reports. Garbus retweeted a tweet from Stelter which linked to his story on the upcoming documentary:
The Times and the Washington Post have competed with each other for major Trump scoops for the length of his administration, both publications benefitting from the willingness of highly-placed officials to leak information. Former FBI director James Comey, for instance, orchestrated a leak to the Times about records he kept of meetings with Pres. Trump, including a memo he wrote asserting the president asked him to drop an investigation into Trump's ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The Times also has maintained a running tally of Trump lies, beginning with his first day in office, January 21.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.