Watch Katharine Graham's steely description of her Pentagon Papers moment

Watch Katharine Graham's steely description of her Pentagon Papers moment

Watch Katharine Graham's steely description of her Pentagon Papers moment

Oh, that Superman was onto something. The real-life events of nearly half a century ago it depicts sizzle with vigor, suspense, and immediacy. and with an urgent relevance for today.

The Post isn't a great movie, but it is a timely one, and sometimes that's even better. After the New York Times publishes the first excerpts, Washington Post's editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) tries to get his investigative journalists to acquire the complete report.

In the Supreme Court's response to the Pentagon Papers, Justice Hugo Black wrote that America's founders affirmed freedom of the press "to serve the governed, not the governors". As usual, old-hand Spielberg is in total control and delivered a masterfully crafted movie in the vein of masterpieces like 'All the President's Men, ' 'Good Night and Good Luck, ' or 'Spotlight.' He also profits from a very lively script; writers Liz Hannah and Josh Singer took a rather dry topic and turned it into a suspenseful thriller despite the historic events being well-known. The relationship of "The Post" between Graham and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), she said, typified her working experience "in my 40 years making movies".

"I think you could probably say everything shifted up to that point, then on the other side it's the downhill slope". Wait, what? The White House has gone to court to stop a newspaper from publishing? "I thought our nation was hearing with new ears and that they would hear the message that our film contained in using history as a big reflector". Seriously, I had goosebumps on my arms watching tied-up bundles of newspapers being tossed onto trucks about to bring Truth to the world.

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I was reading the Los Angeles Times because my wife and I were there last month to visit our daughters. The whole game was perfection, and we could watch these two role play all day.

Yes, it was inspiring, a reminder to those of us who have remained in the newspaper business, amid all its changes and cutbacks, about why we keep on.

When the Post stood up for truth, they went from being a nice local paper to being an important national one. They race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive coverup of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US Presidents. "This idea now that has actually been verbalized by various people high up in the current administration that there is such a thing as an 'alternative fact'".

So while the story of how the paper acquired, interpreted and ultimately published articles on the Pentagon Papers is gripping and suspenseful, Kay's journey is the movie's heart, and Streep, giving a performance devoid of the silly voices and tics that have dominated too many of her recent roles, digs deeply into Kay's conflicted emotions, as she summons her inner resolve but also mourns the friendships and financial security she may lose by defying the wealthy and powerful people with whom she's associated for her entire life. That backfired, causing the government's case against Ellsberg to be thrown out.

In June 1981, when Ellsberg came to Yale to speak at a student conference, I covered it for the New Haven Register and spent some time talking with him in a student dining hall.

As we sat in that Yale dining hall, Ellsberg made a simple statement about his courageous decision: "It seemed the right thing to do".

After Streep's epic speech when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award a year ago, you'd think that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would want her back on stage just to see what she had to say this time. This is your Pentagon Papers moment.' I think the movie really did meet its moment in time, and the time's up.

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