The Left Comes out Screaming: Portrayal of female journalist in ‘Richard Jewell’ is ‘worst kind of trope,’ editor says

Olivia Wilde as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs in the movie "Richard Jewell."

Olivia Wilde as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs in the movie ‘Richard Jewell.’Warner Bros.

Clint Eastwood’s docudrama, “Richard Jewell,” about the 1996 Olympics bombing has generated controversy for inaccurately characterizing a journalist as sleeping with a source to get tips — which those who knew her adamantly deny ever happened.

In the film, released Friday, Olivia Wilde plays Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, who was the first journalist to report that a security guard initially hailed as a hero was later considered a suspect.

Many are criticizing Eastwood for using a plot line often seen in TV and movies, but rarely in real life. Those who knew Scruggs say she never slept with her sources, and the scene not only demeans her but journalism as a whole.

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