Television critic Glenn Garvin spent a good chunk of his journalism career covering the Story of kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst. So he's well prepared to weigh in on CNN's The Radical Story of Patty Hearst:
I am, however, small economic potatoes compared to CNN's Jeffrey Toobin. After buying 150 boxes of research materials from one of Hearst's kidnappers—defense files compiled for their criminal trials, including secret FBI documents and reports from private investigators—he leveraged it into a series of blockbuster media properties: A book! A podcast! A movie! A TV series!
The film was deep-sixed by a timid studio, at least temporarily, when an angry Hearst played the #MeToo card. …
But the TV show has arrived. Toobin's six-part documentary, The Radical Story of Patty Hearst, kicks off on CNN with back-to-back episodes Sunday. And somewhat to my surprise, there is still considerable life in the story, despite who is telling it.
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