Fade to Black
AP reports that disgraced Conrad Black is seeking a new trial for swindling hundreds of millions through his international media empire. Just in time: the 2004 documentary Citizen Black by Canadian film makers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine is marking the rounds on the Sundance Channel. Aside from several self-conscious moments by writer/director Melnyk, a Michael Moore wannabe, the documentary exposes an elegant crook masquerading as an arrogant dilettante merely by turning the camera on Black. There are revealing insights about the feudal lords of newspapers as well as fortunes made and squandered.
Dale is co-founder emeritus of We Media.