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The movie The Insider is about Jeffrey Wigand a former tobacco executive of one of the largest tobacco companies in America He is fired from his job and is soon contacted by Lowell Bergman the producer of 60 minutes Bergman played by Al Pacino asks Wigand played by Russell Crowe to make sense of some papers about fire statistics which belong to tobacco company Wilson Phillips These papers mysteriously show up on his doorstep Wigand lets it drop that he has some inside information about Big Tobacco a group of the seven biggest tobacco companies The information pertains to a chemical put into cigarettes that the CEOs of the seven dwarfs are aware are addictive Big Tobacco has never lost a personal injuries case because their defense until then has been that they arent sure if cigarettes are addictive Bergman convinces Wigand to tell his compelling story and allow it to be circulated throughout the media by telling Wigand that it is for the good of the country Bergman and Wigand grow a bond throughout the movie but are showered by disappointment when all the different types of media refuse to air the story because of the consequences that come along with it Finally they get the story into the newspapers Based on a true story The Insiders Bergman and Wigand put their lives careers reputations and family at risk by standing up against Big Tobacco In this movie it was apparent that the bottom-line was important when deciding on whether or not to air the story But you cant rule out the headline After all the headline effected the bottom-line immensely It was because the headline was so dangerous and controversial that the directors of the network decided they wouldnt allow the story to be aired They would have been sued and would have lost their reputation as a respectable show because one of Big Tobaccos defense has been to out spend their opposition
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