“The Post” versus “All the President’s Men”

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A LITTLE-KNOWN perk of reporting from the White House is free caffeine from Tom Hanks. The film star first sent a coffee-maker to the press room in 2004. His latest gift—a snazzy espresso machine—arrived shortly after President Donald Trump had denounced the “fake news media” as the “enemy of the American people”. Mr Hanks urged the White House press corps to “Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.”

A higher-profile tribute to the fourth estate, starring Mr Hanks and Meryl Streep and directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in January. “The Post” is a docudrama about the Washington Post’s decision in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers, leaked government documents acknowledging that the Vietnam war was unwinnable. By early February it had earned $73m in domestic sales—a decent haul for a film heavy on men in bad ties, meetings in newsrooms and stirring homilies about free speech. It has been nominated for best…Continue reading

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