Steven Spielberg has made a new movie glorifying the Washington Post and how it rallied against then-President Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War in the Pentagon Papers court fight of 1971. It's simply called "The Post." Everyone inside and outside this movie is drawing the comparison between Nixon's difficult relationship with the press and President Donald Trump's.
Spielberg told the Hollywood Reporter: "The relevance is up to everybody to strike their own balance between the news today and the news then. But obviously, sometimes, bad things happen twice. History is certainly repeating itself."
This movie became more urgent to Spielberg & Co. because Trump surprised the liberal elites and beat Hillary Clinton. The first script for this movie was set to glorify the rise of then-Washington Post owner Katharine Graham as a pioneer for women's power in the nation's capital, a theme that would resonate under the first female president. Meryl Streep said the movie is now relevant because the "press is under siege" in the Trump era.