“The Post” is a Superb Love Letter to the Free Press

In a time where the term “fake news” is tossed around on a daily basis and our political leaders are trying desperately to paint the free press as an “enemy”, there could not be a more appropriate time for this momentous event in our country’s history to be shared on screen.

The Post is a compelling drama based on the true story of the Washington Posts’ road to expose government secrets that span three decades and four U.S. presidents. Risking their careers and the newspaper’s future, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep), and the paper’s editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), must work together to bring the truth to light.

With its fast pace, suspenseful storytelling and impeccable acting, director Steven Spielberg, has created a marvelous account of historical events and a satisfying love letter to the free press. If anyone is a journalist and needs a reminder of why they chose to go into the field, watch this movie.

In addition to The Post being a film about the of the First Amendment, it is also a film about female empowerment in a male-dominated field. Meryl Streep gives one of her most impressive performances in years as Katherine Graham. She effortlessly transforms as she adjusts to her role and its responsibilities.

Something that stuck with me was how the audience reacted to The Post. Towards the end of the film, one of the editors passes along a quote from the Washington Post Supreme Court ruling: “the press serves the governed, not the governors.”  As this quote was read, several members of my audience cheered and clapped. Whether you enjoyed the film or not, you cannot doubt its relevance to what’s going on in our country today and its impact on our society.

Three cheers for sweet journalism!

Final Thoughts:  The Post is an extremely relevant and gripping film that applauds the strength of journalists and their ability to take risks to do what is best for our country.

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