With the release of Steven Spielberg's new movie, The Post, we look back at the battle between the Post and the Nixon Administration over the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study about the Vietnam War that revealed the government’s lies about U.S. involvement in the conflict. The movie focuses on Katherine Graham's role as publisher of the Washington Post, as well as the constant balance between keeping government secrets classified and the need for transparency in government.
- Kurk Dorsey - UNH professor of history
- Meg Heckman - assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University
Here's the trailer for The Post movie:
Here's a USA Today article by Meg Heckman about The Post movie and the #MeToo movement. The New York Times published an article in Dec. 2017 recalling the race to publish and the court battle over the Pentagon Papers.