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'The Post' is about Graham, Streep, women.

As it was here, in the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s, a woman's job was to be a good wife and a caring mother.

Katherine Graham, owner of the Washington Post, bucked the trend. Meryl Streep, who plays her in Steven Spielberg's new film "The Post," gets it right on the screen.

Against the club atmosphere that excludes women, Streep's Graham tries to turn the paper into a political force to be reckoned with. She does it in distinctly Graham style.

There is a stronger meme of #MeToo in a scene where leaves the Supreme Court after its fateful ruling. A huge crowd of young women gathers around her, looking up to her with respect. Here, Graham is seen as a powerful role model who defies traditional gender roles.

One part that is left unattended is how news can change the world.

If Daniel Ellsberg had not handed over the copies of top-secret Pentagon Papers on U.S political and military involvement in the Vietnam War, there would have been no way for the Post to obtain such a major scoop.

The true story of Graham on a noble mission to change lives and the perception of women of the next generation resonates long after the final credits.

Some disasters are unavoidable and beyond the control of humans, but some are purely man-made.

Misleading the public and sending troops knowing that the war in Vietnam was unwinnable were something over which the powers that be did have control. It is often said that "the first step in solving a problem is acknowledging that there is one."

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Publication:The Korea Times News (Seoul, Korea)
Date:Mar 5, 2018
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