Film on Breslin and Hamill shows perils of local journalism
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO's new film on newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill romanticizes an era in New York and journalism that feels like a long, long time ago.
The fact that it's very recent history makes "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists" partly a tragedy.
In 1968, following the assassination of Robert Kennedy, my old friend, the brilliant journalist and author Pete Hamill, having endured a decade in which John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers were assassinated, and James Meredith had been wounded (but, thankfully, survived), as did John Lewis and other African-American heroes after being viciously beaten in Selma, Alabama, wrote that assassination was now in “America’s filthy secret heart.” Now, sadly, it has become clear to all Americans that racism is and always has been in America’s secret filthy heart as well — a condition and reality so painful to accept, that most of us have been in denial and refuse to face it.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Breslin scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's grave-digger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear.
In a writing career that spanned six decades, the columnist and author became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker, chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always coming back to the toils of ordinary working people.