The Fourth Estate (2018 TV series)

The Fourth Estate
Created by Liz Garbus
Directed by Liz Garbus
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 4
Production
Running time 243 minutes (in total)
Production company(s) Moxie Firecracker Films
Release
Original network Showtime
Original release May 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)

The Fourth Estate is a four-part 2018 documentary series about the New York Times coverage of the White House, directed by Liz Garbus. A 90 minute version was shown on April 28, 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was followed by a panel discussion with Dean Baquet, Elisabeth Bumiller, Julie Davis, Mark Mazzetti, Liz Garbus, and Jenny Carchman.[1]

The series was released by Showtime a month later. It combines running office footage with interviews of investigative reporters and their bosses as they go about their work. The title of the series comes from the common term "the Fourth Estate" for the press' role as independent watchdog keeping an eye on the government. The choice of title can be seen as an ironic comment to Trump's statement at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 24, 2017, that much of the news media is "the enemy of the people": "A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. They are the enemy of the people."[2]

Episodes

No.Title[3]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date[3]US viewers
(millions)
1"First 100 Days"TBATBAMay 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)0.163[4]
2"The Trump Bump"TBATBAJune 3, 2018 (2018-06-03)N/A
3"American Carnage"TBATBAJune 10, 2018 (2018-06-10)0.111[5]
4"Matters of Fact"TBATBAJune 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)0.124[6]

References

  1. "The Fourth Estate". Tribeca Film Festival. April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. US Today, February 24, 2017: Trump again calls media "enemy of the people" Re-linked 2018-08-26
  3. 1 2 "The Fourth Estate Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. Metcalf, Mitch (May 30, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.27.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  5. Metcalf, Mitch (June 12, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.10.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  6. Metcalf, Mitch (June 19, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.17.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 19, 2018.


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