After watching the movie “Shattered Glass,” here are my thoughts and reflections on three things I learned from the movie:
1. If there is one fact that is suspicious or faulty, there are probably more.
Check every fact! So many eyes were on Glass’ work, yet so many incorrect, fabricated facts were overlooked. When Michael Kelly was questioned about the airplane bottles found in the hotel room, he should have fact-checked the article more thoroughly instead of believing the lies Glass told him. If Kelly had taken the time to check the article entirely, he may have noticed the holes in the story.
2. Pictures are proof.
Although photographs were not as easily accessible and widely used when Glass was reporting, in today’s times, it is extremely important to include photographs in articles. Photos are proof! As the secretary mentioned near the end of the movie, the entire scandal could have been avoided if Glass was required to include photographs with his articles. As I mentioned before, it was a different time period for journalists, but with modern technology there is no excuse to not include a picture as proof.
3. Friendliness can go a long way.
I am not defending Glass in any way. I think what he did was absolutely wrong and lying to that many people is disgusting. However, I did take note of the way Glass treated his coworkers. Glass had a respectable reputation, he was well-liked by the entire office staff and he seemed innocent. If if weren’t for his reputation and popularity, the staff would have probably raises more suspicion, but since Glass had established trust and friendships with his coworkers, no questions were raised. Although in this situation it is completely taken advantage of, friendliness really can go a long way!
The broad repercussions of fabricating stories comes down on reporters and the name of the company who stands behind them. If a reporter fabricates a story, they put their entire company at risk. Fabrication can ruin any good name or reputation of a newspaper or magazine, and it also reflects poorly on journalism as a whole by making journalists less credible.