the post film

Hanks & Streep: Niko Tavernise. New York Times: Jim Wells/AP

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Truth Be Told

Newspapers face a challenge today like never before: combat fake news and tweetstorms with vital-to-democracy reporting. Need a reminder of just how vital? Make a date to see Steven Spielberg's new movie, The Post (out nationwide January 12), which celebrates one of journalism's finest hours: when the Washington Post and New York Times fought for and won the right to publish portions of the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page document that exposed the U.S. government's missteps in the Vietnam War. The film stars Tom Hanks as Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as the paper's publisher, Katharine Graham.