Granted unprecedented access to the editors and reporters on the front lines , Emmy- winning and Oscar -nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus’ The Fourth Estate follows the inner workings of The New York Times, revealing the challenges, triumphs and pitfalls of covering a President who has declared war on the free press.
The first three months of Trump’s presidency tests the stamina of the political reporters at The New York Times as they adapt to a nonstop news cycle, an unpredictable White House, and the President calling them “the enemy of the people
Comey is fired; Mueller is appointed special counsel; turnover in White House staff is constant; and the Trump campaign met with Russians offering “dirt” on Clinton. The New York Times ’ reporters hit their stride in covering and uncovering the dramatic events in this unfolding year.
After violence erupts in Charlottesville and Trump fails to denounce white supremacists, he further stirs division by blaming the “crooked media” for the nation’s problems. At the center of this firestorm, The New York Times continues to delve into the President’s ties with Russia as its first indictments are handed out.
The Times continues to follow where the Russia investigation leads, as Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI, and the reporters dig deeper on the obstruction of justice case Robert Mueller might be building against the President. The paper takes stock of its coverage of Trump and 2018 brings both new revelations and rewards for the hard work of covering 2017.