Movie Review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
If The Post had been made about twenty years ago (still many years after 1971 when the events depicted first took place), its story would still pack a punch. The film does an excellent job recounting a landmark case that was the talk of the nation at the time but is rarely discussed in the classroom.
Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) was a special assistant to the Department of Defense during the Vietnam War. As Ellsberg became disillusioned with the war effort, he became aware of a government-mandated history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, depicted in classified documents that implied that Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon had been less than forthcoming about the rationale for a war that was costing many American lives (and thousands of Vietnamese civilians’ lives, as well). These documents were photocopied and delivered to the New York Times. After some initial articles, The White House used the courts to stop the paper from publishing any more of the documents, which became known as The Pentagon Papers.
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