Stop Press! We Need Some Solidarity

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Stop Press! We Need Some Solidarity

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n underplayed aspect of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film The Post was the role of The New York Times and its reporter Neil Sheehan in acquiring the Pentagon papers. So when I watched the film I couldn’t help but think that THAT was the real story, even though Washington Post lapped it up after an injunction from Nixon prevented NYT from publishing further.

In retrospect, though, I see the Post’s continued pursuit of the Pentagon papers, even if it was out of competition, as perhaps the greater, more prescient message for our times. That though competing with each other is a crucial aspect of journalism, the broader principles of responsibility and conduct must remain the same, so that journalism not only survives, but remains relevant; something that can only be accomplished by solidarity.

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