This is not the first time in American history where the media and the White House have been at odds. Many citizens now look at the cable news stations as another wing of the various political parties trying to push their own agendas. It’s become so bad that facts are called into question, statistics are assumed to be cherry picked and the most outlandish theories are given crediblity without even a shred of evidence other than someone came up with the thought. The truth is now decided based on personal beliefs. With the media so embattled, its not surprising that Hollywood is putting forward a film like The Post.
It’s based on a true story, features the courage of a newspaper staff and owner going up against the President and his administration and features beloved actors like Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Bruce Greenwood. The Post depicts journalists from two newspapers, The Washington Post and The New York Times, who published the leaked documents that revealed the involvement of the United States government during the Vietnam War. These documents would become known as the Pentagon Papers. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg signed on to the film in March of this year and told USA Today:
When I read the first draft of the script, this wasn’t something that could wait three years or two years — this was a story I felt we needed to tell today. The relevance is up to everybody. But obviously, sometimes bad things happen twice and history is certainly repeating itself.
Whether this is a direct counter to the current administration or an effort to rebuild the countries trust in the fourth estate, it is obvious that there is more to how quickly this film got made than it was just a good story to tell.
The Post opens in limited released on December 22nd, 2017 (in time for Oscar consideration) and wide release on January 12th, 2018.