"The Post" opens to wide release Friday amid a tumultuous first year of the Trump administration characterized by intense media scrutiny, actual and alleged "fake news", and glaring reporting errors published or aired by The Washington Post itself, CNN, ABC News and others.
Like covert ops and rigged elections over those years and ultimately realizing that this was an unwinnable war by 1965 but still sending young men to die in Vietnam for years to come. "Tom steps outside of anything we've seen before". It's quick to jump on the soapbox about press freedom and government accountability - but just as quick to jump off it to keep the drama moving.
The Post is an abbreviation for Washington D.C. - based the Washington Post. She studied under first her father then her husband. It comes down to Graham, who must weigh the decision to publish against the real possibility that it will ruin her family's company and send her people to prison. She also counts former defense secretary Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood) among her close friends. Graham is the only woman in a leadership position in the entire film, the rest are all white men.
Even with dashing and competitive and impressively credentialed editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) running the newsroom, the Post is considered to be a nice little local newspaper, not in the same league as The New York Times, which continually scoops Post journalists in their own backyard.
Uncovering such facts - and that they were covered up by presidents from Truman through Nixon - is the stuff that investigative reporters' dreams are made of, and it's still one of the triumphs of the New York Times.
Meryl Streep has doubled down on her endorsement of a presidential run for Oprah Winfrey, saying the talk show host has "the voice of a leader". It all started when DeGeneres asked both Streep and Hanks which of their co-star's films were their all-time favorites. There, he contributed to the top-secret files that became known as the Pentagon Papers. Her co-writer Josh Singer co-wrote 2015's Spotlight. He had also written the script for "The Fifth Estate", about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and worked on "The West Wing". But Bradlee maintains that the documents must be published, and continues to argue with the understandably indecisive Graham. She had often deferred to her editor, but in the end, the choice fell squarely on her shoulders.
For me, "The Post" was about much more than that. "He's so interested in everything and is curious about everything".
Back in November, The Post was named best picture of the year - and Streep and Hanks best actress and actor - by the National Board of Review. "His process lives in the moment". As Hannah points out, Nixon wasn't even in the Pentagon Papers, but he knew that it had "created a big crack in the façade of the presidency".
In this fact-based political drama, Steven Spielberg zeroes in on events that led to the publication, in 1971, of classified documents detailing the United States government's mishandling of their involvement in the Vietnam War.
Nixon even used his infamous Watergate "plumbers" to try to get dirt on Daniel Ellsberg, the Rand Corp. employee who had leaked the documents.
While "The Post" isn't as revolutionary as "All the President's Men", it is a good reminder of the role journalism plays. The papers were most definitely not ever meant to be seen by the American public in their raw and unexpurgated form.
Meryl Streep (as Kay Graham): "We can't hold them accountable if we don't have a newspaper". "It's an American movie". This is not a liberal movie.