For the many people who know little to nothing about the Vietnam war (due in part to our biased education system), The Post offers a brief snapshot of an era characterized by government scandal and a people hungry for truth and transparency.
When the Nixon Administration silences the New York Times in an attempt to halt the publishing of a classified government report, Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of an American newspaper, must decided whether to risk her career and the future of The Washington Post in order to expose a massive government cover up of the Vietnam war spanning three decades and four presidents.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film masterfully illustrates the climax of two conflicts that remain at the core of American society today. The first, a power struggle in which the White House, claiming national security interests attempts to strip the free press of its first amendment right; A topic that continues to draw parallels to our current administration as touched upon by Oprah in her recent acceptance speech of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes:
We all know that the press is under siege these days, but we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice – to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies.
Secondly, In the face of mounting pressure from her all male board of directors and investors in an impending IPO, America’s first female Fortune 500 leader, Katharine Graham, must for the first time in her career, make a decision that could potentially land her in prison. The Post is a timely and thrilling testament of the power of truth to consistently prevail over corruption.
She was the first female head of a fortune 500 company. Our film is about her finding her voice in a particular moment in history. – Meryl Streep