Broadcast News

Broadcast News (1987)

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Aaron Altman: And in the middle of all this, I started to think about the one thing that makes me feel really good and makes immediate sense... and it's you.
Jane Craig: Oh, Bubba.
Aaron Altman: I'm going to stop right now. Except that I would give anything if you were two people, so that I could call up the one who's my friend and tell her about the one that I like so much.

Jane Craig: I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.

Aaron Altman: Sorry... sex, tears... this must be the news.

Aaron Altman: And if things had gone differently for me tonight, then I probably wouldn't be saying any of this. I grant you everything. But give me this: He personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lede.

Tom Granick: It's amazing who's here.
Jane Craig: Who?
Tom Granick: Me.

Aaron Altman: Can I watch the news?

Aaron Altman: Six years from now, I'll be back here with my wife and two kids. And I'll see you, and one of my kids will say, "Daddy, who is that?" And I'll say it's not nice to point at single fat women.

Aaron Altman: You really blew the lid off nookie.

Aaron Altman: Ok, I'll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.

Aaron: I say it here, it comes out there.

Aaron: Here's a good one. They allow us to have cameras at an execution in Florida. Do you broadcast tape of the guy in the chair when they turn on the voltage?
Martin Klein: Sure.
Jennifer Mack: Why not?
Ernie Merriman: Absolutely.
George Wein: You bet.
Aaron: Nothing like wrestling with a moral dilemma, is there?

Martin Klein: OK. What about this? Here's a tough ethical one. Would you tell a source that you loved them? Just to get some information?
Aaron Altman: Yes.
George Wein: Yes.
Ernie Merriman: Me too.
Jennifer Mack: Sure.
George Wein: You bet.
Aaron Altman: Jennifer didn't know there was an alternative.

Jane Craig: People called in complaining about your sweating?
Aaron Altman: No, nice calls, worried that I was having a heart attack.

Jane Craig: No, no, no it wasn't just the speech, the same thing happened with this guy. I have passed some line, some place. I am beginning to repel people I'm trying to seduce.
Aaron Altman: He must've been great looking.
Jane Craig: Why do you say that?
Aaron Altman: Because nobody invites a bad looking idiot up to their bedroom.

Jane Craig: Just what do you want from me anyway, permission to be a fake? Stop whining.

Aaron Altman: Let's never forget, we're the real story, not them.

Aaron Altman: A lot of alliterations from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts.

Tom Grunnick: I'm going to miss you... you're a prick in a good way... I'm sorry.
Aaron Altman: No, I liked how that made me sound.

Paul Moore: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room.
Jane Craig: No. It's awful.

Aaron Altman: The pointers were great, I'll study the tape.
Tom Granick: Just remember that you're not just reading the news, you're narrating it. Everybody has to sell a little. You're selling them this idea of you, you know, you're sort of saying, trust me I'm, um, credible. So when you feel yourself just reading, stop! Start selling a little.

Plot hole: How could Jane not be aware that Tom had only used one camera for the date rape interview, recording his fake tears later? That's the way things are done on television news shows and as an experienced, hard-bitten television producer she could not possibly be unaware of that. The reporter always records his or her reaction shots (called 'noddies') after the interviewee has left. Shooting with two cameras would involve two crews, two lighting rigs, a vision switcher and so on and so on and a straightforward interview simply would not justify such a complex and expensive set up.

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