Who wants yesterday's papers?
John Carlson, the character I played in the Film Truth in Journalism, is a tragic antagonist. John Carlson tried desperately to preserve his reputation, only to destroy it. John Carlson was the editor of a newspaper. He learned the trade and rose through the ranks in the analog era. But, unfortunately, his skills and experience became obsolete, old fashioned. Still, he was successful in the newspaper business, and he could have accepted retirement and rested on his laurels. But instead, he feared becoming a has-been and forgotten so much that he resorted to manufacturing a narrative around suspicious deaths. Finally, he turned to murder to cover up his wrongdoing. Yes, the editor did it. The fear of losing his reputation was his undoing. Tragically, the fear became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Ultimately, all that remained of him and his identity as a newspaper editor was a brief entry in Murderpedia—something in the internet's dark corners for curiosity seekers preoccupied with macabre crime stories to find and read.
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