‘The Post’ Was a Pretty Good Movie, but what do you do when the media helps the powerful?

I had been holding off on watching the movie, The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg because it was an obvious attempt to link the press in our modern age to the liberalized impression of Donald Trump in the White House. The argument based on the 1971 case where the Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers after a court injunction prevented The New York Times from going public with their sources. The Pentagon Papers cited of course that America could not win the Vietnam War all through the sixties but committed troops anyway through many presidential administrations. Spielberg following the liberal lead in Hollywood rushed the film into production to make an argument as to why the press was needed to preserve America from tyranny making obvious comparisons of Nixon to President Trump, at least from the bubble perspective of Hollywood in Los Angeles.

However, and this doesn’t happen often, I found that the movie, The Post actually made the argument which supports the Trump Administration, that the media has become the enemy of the people, not its champion, and that the press is very guilty of buddying up with powerful people and even taking activist stances in an attempt to conceal information from the public, not the other way around. I thought the film was wonderfully shot, and was quite good, which anybody would expect from Spielberg. But like the film Lincoln, The Post was honest with itself. It showed exactly how the Beltway culture operates behind the scenes and from the perspective of this film it’s not hard to imagine the characters replaced by modern counterparts such as Lois Lerner, Barack Obama, James Comey and Hillary Clinton.

I thought it was an odd choice however to end the film on the raid of the Watergate Hotel of the DNC headquarters as if the future of The Washington Post had survived the Pentagon Papers only to report such a minor crime that would eventually lead to Nixon resigning, because it snapped me right back into the reality of our day. As I watched the movie, I was waiting for more details of the Mueller investigation to become clear. I watched The Post as a kind of celebration to the Mueller investigation being over vindicating Trump on all charges, so I was feeling good enough to watch a liberal film that I had been wondering about. So as details were emerging, I watched the Spielberg film without any defensiveness because it was clear that the liberals had lost yet again. So there was no harm in trying to understand their perspective.

If the argument, which was made by liberal Hollywood’s best and brightest, of The Post is to be accepted, then the major newspapers and news outlets of our current circumstances are truly just as bad as President Trump has said they are. There is far more evidence of crimes being committed by the Democrats in the 2016 election than anything Republicans are guilty of, even in their worst-case scenario of Watergate. If that is the standard, then Democrats have a lot of trouble on their hands. Imagine what a movie about The Dossier would look like? It would be much more vicious and conspiratorial than anything in The Post, that’s for sure. If that is what liberals think justify the content of such a movie, imagine what they’d feel if they considered the present reality.

The Pentagon Papers are an interesting debacle they are the opinions of a government that did not have the will to defeat communism in Asia and Southeast Asia. So they are true, there wasn’t a way to win the war in Vietnam, but the public expected to win as America always had. They didn’t understand and couldn’t that the Vietnam War was a front for all the changes the government had been working behind the scenes, for a communist transition in America that would unify the world. So while the Vietnam War was a front to appease the appetites of Americans to fight communism, the government wanted it to advance in Southeast Asia and to become a global powerhouse. Of course, the Vietnam War could not be won. The objectives of the fighters and the government were different. The premise of the movie The Post were that even if it was illegal, the American people had a right to let the public know about the intentions and assessment of the government of its own ambitions in Vietnam. On that I agree, I think it was a bold and proper move for The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers.

But apply to that the sudden mandate to insist that the Mueller investigation be published in full as if some conspiracy existed there for which nobody has yet uncovered, but to then not insist on the same transparency when it comes to the Hillary Clinton email scandal, or the cover-ups at Benghazi. Or the tragedy of Fast and Furious along the Mexican border. Or the Iranian payoffs, the money that was funneled into Hezbollah from the Obama administration in South America. Pick any one of those cases and you have a much bigger story than the one told in the movie The Post, which was supposed to be the liberal calling card into why the press needed to be free to do its job to keep the powerful in check. Yet the powerful were buddies with the press as was obvious in The Post, and that problem is likely much more serious today than it was then. So who is really watching the powerful and keeping order in our government? Certainly not the press.

It would be my argument that the election of President Trump is that checks and balances system. Those of us out of the Beltway see how the game is being played and we wanted to go in a different direction, so we elected Trump—a guy who had been there and done everything and wouldn’t be lured to evil by shiny lights and other government plundered temptations. He already had all that, so he couldn’t be toyed with. That is what was needed to extract the evil that is in our current government and that is precisely what has been happening. If Trump had not been elected the ruse would continue and many of us who have understood from the beginning how the game is really played would be still frustrated and looking for alternatives to a violent rebellion. Like the Pentagon Papers, our current government has been committed to a global rise of socialism and communism. They tell us what we want to hear, but they do the opposite to rub shoulders with the interests that are not American in their roots. I thought The Post showed quite well how that process occurred with the dinner parties and after-hours correspondence of the liberals involved in the media and government. Based on what we know, the situation is much worse today.

So The Post is worth watching and it makes a good argument I think in favor of the Trump administration for truly rooting out the evils of our current government and why it’s necessary to root out the powerful who have built their reputations on the backs of confiscated wealth and not actual merit. It certainly reminded me of why I voted for Donald J. Trump. I don’t think that was their intention, but Spielberg is an honest filmmaker with a big eye on history and even when trying to make a love letter to the liberal base of the Democrat party, he couldn’t help himself but to tell the truth. If the story of The Post is noteworthy of an Oscar, then just consider the stories of this modern age. Someone needs to tell those stories, even though they are still being written. We can’t trust the press obviously. But we can trust President Trump because it was “we” who put him in a position to help the situation truly, and for all time.

Rich Hoffman

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