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.
As Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office, The New York Times ’ New York and Washington bureaus prepare to cover an administration unlike any other. The role that Russia played in the 2016 election quickly emerges as a storyline that will continue to unfold, consuming a troop of investigative journalists for the year to come. In this fiercely competitive environment, The Times and The Washington Post vie for scoopswhile overtaxed journalists work to develop sources inside a volatile administration.
Tension boils over when the President calls the media “the enemy of the people.” Remarkably, F.B.I. director James Comey announces an active federal investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Meanwhile, the paper faces economic challenges as they continue to adapt to a digital world. In a time when the news never stops, our reporters scramble to break the stories vital to the future of our democracy before the pace and the scrutiny breaks them.
Episode 1: THE FIRST 100 DAYS
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.”