Emil Guillermo: Have you seen Oscar nominated “Spotlight” yet? Dying breed of movie on a dying breed of journalism.

Just saw “Spotlight,” nominated for six  Oscars, including best picture.

It’s about an investigation into the cover-up of Catholic clergy abuse in the Boston area in 2002.

There is no nudity. No  sex scenes. No murder. No violence. No car chases or crashes.  No catchy music montage scenes.

There are reporters (played by big time stars)  asking questions, getting documents, doing research, and going over directories line by line and entering data onto a computer spreadsheet.

And it’s better than “The Martian.”

As a former newspaper journalist, I suppressed a tear  when Mark Ruffalo, playing the lead reporter,  broke into an emotional speech about the urgency of publishing the expose on Boston’s pedophile priests.

Seeing the whole journalistic process, ending with the printing of the actual newspaper, was also pretty sentimental for me.

Headlines in print aren’t the first to bring us the news these days. Not like an alert in e-mail or twitter.

At the time the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team published its story, I had just transitioned from TV and Radio to newspapers.

I didn’t realize I was walking into the part of the industry that was falling apart.

There’s some hope the movie could be a shot in the arm for the biz that inspires a new generation of investigative journalism.

It did  make me curious of the current state of pedophilia in the church.

According to the latest survey by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2014), the total number of new victims was at 330;  new allegations, 336; and offending priests and deacons at  245.

All told the costs related to Child Protection Efforts is at $150,747, 387 for the year. It includes  $119,079,647  in settlements and payments to victims.

Most of the victims say the experience occurred between 1975-1979 when they were between the ages of 10-14.

The movie may boost future numbers as more victims feel the time is right to end the silence and come forward to expose the church.

It took the Globe’s story for the truth to come out in Boston.  And judging from the  long list of dioceses that are on the dishonor roll that play in the movie’s credits, there’s still a lot more truth to expose.

The movie “Spotlight” is reported to have cost about $20 million to make.

It just crossed the $31 million mark at the box-office,  a little more than 14 years from the day the story first published on Sunday, Jan.6, 2002.




Emil Guillermo: Obama’s final State of the Union could have been great had the nation been ready for Obama

I kept shaking my head.  That’s SMH, for those into social media.

President Obama did some great things during his first seven years, but they will always be shortchanged as long as the politics in this country stays as it is.

The president, you’ll recall,  was the nation’s first African American president, and has the middle name Hussein.

And that’s why he had to remind the country about the fear of change and the fear of foreigners this week.

It was an appeal to diversity in our democracy before it’s too late.

Read my whole column on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.



Emil Guillermo: Obama says regulating guns is our “shared responsibility.” So why don’t we see more Asian American voices included in the gun debate? That CNN Town Hall was like a Lions Club meeting in a white suburb. Asian Americans are 5% of the nation, and 20% of the most noted mass killings since 1984.

Really. What does it take for a little more inclusion.

See my piece on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog

I saw just one Asian American.

It was like watching a network cop drama or legal drama and seeing a juror. Or person walking by.

But we know Asian Americans are not immune to gun violence in America.

(Oh, there’s one! An Asian American in the back? Next to the bald guy….).

See my piece at http://www.aaldef.org/blog


Emil Guillermo: Trumping Kim Jong Un’s “bomb” claim in news cycle, Trump says, “China should solve that problem.” So a Trump presidency’s foreign policy on a big issue like N.Korea is essentially a business solution: You outsource it. And then he tells CNN, he’d get Mexico to help pay to build his wall or tax their trade. Talk radio campaign stuff.

It’s all business with Trump. China can handle North Korea? “They can handle it so easily,” he says to CNN. “They’re taunting us.” Trump’s answer is to use the leverage of taxing trade.

Trump laughs at the politicians who think he’s kidding. And then on his wall along the Mexican border, says Mexico will have to pay for it. Or he’ll put tariffs on trade. Everything is easy with Trump. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy in real life.

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