DISCLAIMER: re: UNVERIFIED…. Unlike Bre’r Chansky, I have NOT “obtained an advance copy from “it’s creator (Bethel)…” and have no plans to spend SaidWhatMedia $$$ to purchase a ticket. But if furnished a copy, I will review it myself. That is NOT for any pre-conceived bias about the “long- awaited” documentary at all; but rather I only go to two movies a year and I haven’t seen Stars War yet. Using up my “other 2016 movie” in mid-January would be too risky.
WHOA… as we speak, I HAVE JUST received a copy of The Trailer to UNVERIFIED…. it’s down at the bottom of this page.
It seems to me, based on Artie’s comments below and earlier interviews with Cecil B. d’Bethel a/k/a “the creator”; his ax to grind appears to be with The University” for using Athletics as the scapegoat for Academia’s plethora of prolonged evil-doings.
Bethel’s tutoring buddies were hung out to dry i.e. fired; while others higher up the Academic bureaucracy were allowed to waltz away with their fat pensions unaffected. Hard to argue with those facts. I totally agree THAT was a travesty.
N&O Exec Editor John Drescher calls out Bethel re: who declined to talk to who ???? My tendency is to believe John Drescher.
“Clueless” Dickie, “Most Ethical” Jan Boxill, Deb Crowder and Uncle Julius were all “in it” up to their chiney chin chins but are now well-pensioned for life. Score one point for creator/ director Bethel.
Chancellor Chihuahua Folt and Tom “Z Smith” Ross refused to be interviewed for the film. That, as we all know from watching countless mobster movies, is the equivalent of “taking the 5th”.
For naive defenders of Tom Ross – NEVER FORGET this Franklin Street Martyr wanted to hire Dickie to be the Athletics Czar of The UNC System. NEVER FORGET THAT when measuring Tom Ross’ “good sense”.
I’m sure Bethel takes the usual shots at (1) The Rabid ABC Lynch Mob for sure, at (2) That Damn Dan Kane and at (3) Mary & Jay (“Bonnie & Clyde”) because doing that is sure to get Pavlovian giggles, hoots and snorts from his 99.6% Carolina Way Drunk-as-Skunks audience of drooling IC board monkeys…. and octogenarian Choo Choo-ites.
Not unlike when a Lynch Mobbie tweets UNCheats and Swahili in 40 tweets/day. …. giggle, hoot, snort.
If/When The Vaunted Carolina Way Myth is ever formally – officially – legally Debunked; a lot of those shallow souls got nuthin’ left. Conversely, not being able to Hate All Things UNC 24/7 would have a similar effect on a lot of ABCers.
FWIW…. Artie was against Wainstein before he ever set foot on campus. Knowing that once he (Wainstein) kicked over the first rock what would crawl out could potentially tarnish the pristine sacred legacy of Carolina’s Voldemort – “He whose name (and Dome) shall not be mentioned”.
Coming up on the 6th Anniversary of Marvin Hits Send; This Great Unpleasantness has long-ago deteriorated into partisan feces flinging…. and giggles & snorts.
Assuming there ever IS an NCAA Verdict it will only generate several more decades of Holocaust Denying and Death Penalty Demanding.
…. as Dickie, Jan, Deb and Julius keep cashing those big fat pension checks. … cha ching, cha ching! Hark That Sound.
Chansky’s Notebook: Unverified Riveting
By Art (“BobLee’s Buddy”) Chansky
Posted January 8, 2016 at 8:35 am
Unverified both answers and raises important questions.
The much-awaited documentary on the UNC academic scandal premiers at the Varsity Theater Friday night in a private showing. Chapelboro obtained an advance copy from creator and former UNC athletic tutor Bradley Bethel, and for anyone who loves this university, it is a riveting 90-minute watch that is a must-see.
Bradley Bethel’s film ‘Unverified’ is set to premiere on Jan. 8.
It deals primarily with the many nuances (fancy Chapel Hill word) of the complicated, four-year ordeal. Nuances (repeat fancy Chapel Hill word) that Bethel says were largely ignored by the media chasing a sexy, juicy story and did not want to be deterred by the details. Those details, according to Bethel’s own narrative, were also covered up by the university in trying to place the blame on athletics and, in the process, fired scapegoated athletic tutors Beth Bridger and Jaimie Lee, who were Bethel’s colleagues.
The turning point of the documentary is when Journalism professor Adam Hochberg challenges Bethel’s assertion that Bridger and Lee were fired by the slanted media coverage and information in the infamous Wainstein Report. Bethel could have cut that interview since Hochberg seemed to have checkmated his theory. But, actually, it gave Bethel the impetus to go back, dig deeper and report that Bridger and Lee were fired without due process, purely on implication by Wainstein, who made more than $3 million from UNC for his work.
Bethel’s crusade to vindicate his colleagues sometimes overshadows the main accusation of the movie – that the Wainstein Report was commissioned and carefully written to shift responsibility away from the university, as whole, and back on the athletic department. And his charge is aided by Chancellor Carol Folt’s refusal to grant Bethel an interview and former UNC President Tom Ross never responding to his request.
The chancellor, athletic director and football coach at the time all departed, but more because they were the men in charge than proven complicit in any wrong-doing. Since then, the athletic department has skillfully contested the resulting NCAA Notice of Allegations to the point where the biggest penalty could still go to the university for lack of institutional control.
Though Bethel’s work would not have helped lead to that conclusion, it would further support Unverified as having the story more right than wrong. Go see it for yourself.
NOTE: I’m pretty sure Art’s go see it for yourself suggestion is nuancily directed at his core Chapelboro audience of hard-core TruBlues, not the far more DIVERSE audience that visits here. BL
I HAVE JUST RECEIVED a Trailer of the riveting Documentary courtesy of “my other buddy” – BOG Bad Boy Marty Kotis. Marty’s theater (Red Cinema) in Greensboro will be showing the film. If you do go…. go see it at Marty’s theater and buy lots of Marty’s popcorn and juju beans.