Clooney, Williams on the Facts, Ma’am

It's all about "Absence of Malice"

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A journalist should always report the facts, but can the facts lie? Can justice be served when the truth is at odds with the evidence?

But more importantly, can a real hottie journalist answer those questions? 

George Clooney's dad, Nick, will find out when he talks to Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," during a screening and discussion of the Oscar-nominated newspaper drama "Absence of Malice" Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Newseum.

The film, directed by Sydney Pollack, stars Sally Field as ambitious reporter Megan Carter and Paul Newman as wealthy businessman Michael Gallagher. As the Newseum notes:

Both are pulled into a federal investigation when an overzealous prosecutor uses Carter to explore Gallagher’s life and ties to the Mafia.

Because of the information she uncovers, Carter writes an explosive story implicating Gallagher in the disappearance of a union chief. However, the story soon becomes more than the sum of its facts.

Written by veteran journalist Kurt Luedtke, "Absence of Malice" takes a hard, honest look at journalistic ethics and what happens when a reporter gets too close to her source.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater at the Newseum. Doors open at 6 p.m., with light fare available for purchase. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Newseum members.

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