“The Post,” which premiered in theaters across the nation on Jan. 12, tells the story of how “The Washington Post” tries to catch up with “The New York Times” in exposing the government cover-ups found in the Pentagon Papers.
The more than 4,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers revealed many governmental misconducts, including the fact that the U.S. Government knew we could not win the Vietnam War, but pushed ahead because it would be an embarrassment not to.
The story focuses on Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of The Washington Post and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) the editor-in-chief as they risk everything to print the truth.
The Bulletin does not generally make a habit out of recommending movies in their staff ed. Staff ed’s are generally reserved as a place to discuss issues of the utmost importance, such as the constitution, our rights as U.S. citizens and issues of injustice.
But that’s how important “The Post” is to our society right now.
“The Post” tells the story, that needs to be told, about why the press and the government can’t be friends.
“The Post” shows how important the press’ role is in making sure the government doesn’t cover things up or hide controversy. The American public needs to know these things and it is the press’ role to make sure that the government remains public and transparent.
In “The Post,” this group of people risks going to prison, ruining the company and ruining their entire reputations to do what they feel is right, which is to hold the government accountable.
We do our best, every day, to hold the university accountable and watch how they use our tuition dollars, the same way local newspapers watch local governments and national newspapers watch national governments with tax dollars.
Holding administration accountable means printing the good and the bad, not just what people want to hear.
As the best quote from “The Post” says, “The Press is for the governed, not the governors.”
The Bulletin does not print with the best interests of the administration in mind. We do not skew our reports to fit the agenda of the university.
We print for the students.
We strive to be the voice of the students.
We print to inform the students, faculty, staff and surrounding area of the facts.
That is our calling.