Shattered Glass (film)
Shattered Glass is a 2003 American film about disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, who in 1996 was caught fabricating many of the stories he wrote for The New Republic. It was written and directed by Billy Ray, and starred Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloe Sevigny and Hank Azaria.
- The New Republic, snobbiest rag in the business, the in-flight magazine of Air Force One... and their star goes out and gets completely snowed by a bunch of hackers. I mean, God couldn't have written this any better.
- It's true, journalism is hard work. Everyone is under pressure, everyone's grinding to get the issue out. No one is getting enough sleep. But you are allowed to smile. Even Woodward and Bernstein went out for a burger every once in a while. And they won a Pulitzer. Some reporters think that it's political content that makes a story. I think it's the people — their quirks, their flaws, what makes them funny, what makes them human. Journalism is just the art of capturing behavior. You have to know who you're writing for, you have to know what you're good at. I record what people do. I find out what moves them, what scares them, and I write that down. That way, they're the ones who are telling the story. And, you know what? Those kinds of pieces can win Pulitzers too.
- Adam Penenberg: But there is one thing in this story that checks out.
- Kambiz Foroohar: What's that?
- Adam Penenberg: There does appear to be a state in the union named Nevada.
- Amy Brand: Have you noticed the way Steve's phone has been ringing lately? Did you see all those editors at the correspondence dinner? The way they were circling him?
- Caitlin Avey: Is that what you want, Amy? To get a bunch of smoke blown up your ass by a pack of editors?
- Amy Brand: Yes. Yes it is.
- Stephen Glass: I didn't do anything wrong, Chuck.
- Chuck Lane: I really wish you'd stop saying that!
- Chuck Lane: You're fired, Steve.
- Stephen Glass: [stunned] What?
- Chuck Lane: You're fired, Steve. You've lost your job.
- Stephen Glass: But you can't. [long, pained pause] Chuck, will you please take me to the airport?
- Chuck Lane: [disgusted] Jesus...
- Stephen Glass: Please, okay? You don't have to talk to me if you don't want to. It's fine. [choking up] But I can't be by myself right now. Okay? I'm, I'm afraid of what I'm gonna do, you know? I can't get there by myself.
- Chuck Lane: I'm not going anywhere with you. Now, if you feel like you're a danger to yourself, you can sit down for a few minutes until you feel calm enough to go. But I'm not going anywhere with you.
- Stephen Glass: But... but I'm afraid I'm going to do something! [pause, Lane says nothing] Did you hear what I said?
- Chuck Lane: [unmoved] Yeah. It's a hell of a story.
- Stephen Glass: Chuck, please?
- Chuck Lane: Stop pitching, Steve. It's over.
- Caitlin Avey: What the hell did you do to Steve? He called me from his car, hysterical. I asked him what was wrong, he said, "ask Chuck".
- Chuck Lane: I fired him, okay? Not suspended, fired. Because this wasn't an isolated incident, Caitlin. He cooked a dozen of them, maybe more. And we're going to have to go through them, you and I. We're going to have to go through all of them, now.
- Caitlin Avey: No, the only one was "Hack Heaven". He told me that himself.
- Chuck Lane: If he were a stranger to you, if he was a guy you were doing a piece about, pretend that guy told you he'd only did it once. Would you take his word for it? Of course not! You'd dig and you'd bury him! And you'd feel offended if anyone told you not to.
- Caitlin Avey: Every one of those pieces was fact-checked, they were all...
- Chuck Lane: So was "Hack Heaven"! You're a good reporter. You've always been such a smart and thorough reporter, why can't you be one now?
- Caitlin Avey: 'Cause what you're telling me just is impossible, Chuck.
- Chuck Lane: Go upstairs. Read 'em again.
- Caitlin Avey: This is bullshit!
- Chuck Lane: And make sure you go all the way back, because half of them ran when Mike was still here.
- Caitlin Avey: That's what this is. Of course. I mean, what are you going to do, Chuck, pick us off, one by one? Everybody that was loyal to Mike, till you have a staff that belongs to you? Is that the kind of magazine you want to run?
- Chuck Lane: Caitlin, when this thing blows, there isn't going to be a magazine anymore. If you want to make this about Mike, make it about Mike. I don't give a shit. You can resent me, you can hate me, but come Monday morning, we're all going to have to answer for what we let happen here. We're all going to have an apology to make! Jesus Christ! Don't you have any idea how much shit we're about to eat? Every competitor we ever took a shot at, they're going to pounce. And they should. Because we blew it, Caitlin. He handed us fiction after fiction and we printed them all as fact. Just because... we found him "entertaining." It's indefensible. Don't you know that?