Watching the classic flick “Broadcast News,” which stars Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks—and William Hurt as a handsome, charming, clueless young anchor-man. I worked with this very character at Billboard early in the decade. He was eventually fired, sued the company with all sorts of false accusations—and ultimately won a settlement when Billboard's corporate owner got cold feet. What a sad reality.
The best dialogue in the movie comes as the corporation lays off scores of veteran staffers in its D.C. bureau:
LAID-OFF VETERAN: You know, I’m just old enough to be flattered by the term early retirement.
CORPORATE FLACK: That’s wonderful. What a lovely line. Now if there’s anything I can do for you...
VETERAN: Well I certainly hope you’ll die soon.
Funny, there was a time I might have written such meeself.