Absence of Malice Newman earned an Oscar nomination for Sydney Pollacks inspired 1981 drama that examines ethics in journalism. Newman plays Mike Gallagher, the clean son of a former Mafia boss who is libeled by an ambitious young Miami newspaper reporter (Sally Field) who writes that he is a suspect in a murder he didnt commit. At the time of the films release, Newman wasnt shy about talking about his feelings regarding the press: I would say that 90% of what people read about me in the newspapers is untrue. Ninety percent is garbage ... If nothings happening, what do you do? Well, in their case, they make it up.
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