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SUBJECTS — U.S./1991 - present, the Law and the Press;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Alcohol & Drug Abuse,
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness, Responsibility.
Age: 13+; Rated R for language; Drama; 1999; 157 minutes; Color.
For many years the big tobacco companies hid the truth about the harmful effects of smoking while millions of their customers died from the effects of tobacco. This film describes the efforts of a former tobacco company executive (Jeffrey Wigand) and of a producer for the CBS news program 60 Minutes (Lowell Bergman) to bring tobacco company crimes to the attention of the public. The movie also describes the interference with the exposé by the FBI and CBS management and how the producer had to intimidate the FBI to make it back off and go around CBS management to break the story.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Insider will provide historical background and supply discussion questions which help teachers assist children in exploring what is probably the worst public health and business scandal in U.S. history.
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Deception, drug dealing, and a monstrous mass murder of millions of people were exposed by The Insider.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below a discussion question from the Learning Guide to The Insider.
What punishment should tobacco executives have suffered for lying to their customers by denying that there was a link between cigarettes and cancer or other health problems?
Apparently the tobacco companies knew or had reason to know that their statements were untrue and that death or serious illness would in many cases be caused by smoking cigarettes. For the purposes of your answer, also assume that first degree murder is the planned intentional killing of a person; second degree murder is the intentional killing of a person without planning or through reckless conduct; and manslaughter is killing through negligent conduct in circumstances that a reasonable person should know could result in death or serious injury. Also, assume that a person can be found guilty if he conspires with others to kill or injure someone but does not himself physically cause the injury.
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