In the months before the US 2004 presidential election, Mary Mapes, producer of the primetime news program 60 Minutes Wednesday, her crew, and CBS national news anchor Dan Rather face accuracy questions following the airing of a report that President George W. Bush, then seeking re-election, had in the early 1970s received preferential treatment from officials of the Texas Air National Guard. The allegation included concealing Bush's failure to meet even minimal training and performance requirements, and his absence from the Air Guard for most of 1972 following a transfer to the Alabama Air National Guard.
The core documents on which these allegations were based were immediately called into question by a variety of sources. The controversy about the documents being forgeries first appeared on a blog, which was then investigated and amplified by various talk radio hosts, bloggers and numerous mainstream media sources, including The Washington Post and CBS itself. They found that certain characteristics of the memos, such as its font and letter spacing, indicated the memos were created on a computer using Microsoft Word, and therefore could not have been typed on a typewriter in the early 1970s. Subsequently, the person who produced the documents admitted that he had lied about where he had obtained them.
Miscellaneous Around 58 minutes into the movie, when Mary Mapes searches Google for "CBS Bush Guard", the address bar in the Microsoft Internet Explorer shows "localhost:44500". It means that she was not accessing real Google over the Internet but a server running locally on the computer that displayed web pages stored on the hard disk
Factual Mistake During the investigation commission, the argument is that the abbreviation, "OETR" did not exist as an official abbreviation and should be OER..Maples then proves that it does exist
Continuity After Bill Burkett's filmed interview, the 60 Minutes team pass round a bag of Lay's potato chips. Throughout the scene this changes position; sometimes it's shown facing the front, and then suddenly it's facing the other way when the scene is shown from a different angle
Continuity The movie timeline shows June 2004 and Mary Mapes is meeting with Josh Howard and Mary Murphy
Miscellaneous About 25 minutes into the film, there is an overhead shot of DFW airport and it features a view of the Skylink tram system that links the terminals. You can see the trams moving in the shot
This is the second time Topher Grace played a reporter in a major motion picture. The first being Spider-Man 3
Directorial debut of James Vanderbilt
This is the third collaboration between Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace, who previously appeared together in Traffic and In Good Company
Both Dan Rather in "Truth" and the character of Warren Justice (in a flashback) lose status within the field of journalism due to broadcasting a report that is later deemed erroneous
The movie is shooting in Australia at Cate Blanchett's request as she wanted to be close to her family while filming
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