The New York Times published excerpts from an interview with Hollywood elitists Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks about their upcoming film, and the conversation predictably turned to contemporary politics -- because for some reason interviewers today feel compelled to ask self-righteous celebrities their meaningless political opinions.
The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, is centered on Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) as they wrestle with the decision in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers, the government’s secret history of the Vietnam War.
Interviewer Cara Thomas quickly addressed the film's relevance to the current contentiousness between the news media and a president who isn't afraid to call them out for their blatant, left-leaning activism and bias.
"There are echoes of Nixon in what we’re hearing now from the White House," she said, "with the difference being that the person in the White House is saying that real reporting is 'fake news.' Was it gratifying to do a movie set when people actually believed things?"
Let's pause for a little correction: the person in the White House is calling media lies and disinformation -- not real reporting -- fake news. Cara Thomas' paper, the New York Times, doesn't do any real reporting.
Hanks went on to claim that the Trump administration, not the media, is manipulating the truth. "What’s happening now is this guerrilla war that is going on against the First Amendment."
Another correction: it's the left that is at war with the First Amendment, and if you want to talk about government corruption and lies, let's begin with Barack Obama.
Thomas then tentatively asked about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, and Meryl pretended ignorance: "You make movies. You think you know everything about everybody. So much gossip. You don’t know anything. People are so inscrutable on a certain level. And it’s a shock."
It's impossible to believe that Meryl Streep, a proud defender of child rapist Roman Polanski, wasn't aware of the "open secret" of Weinstein's reputation or of Hollywood's culture of sexual predation, but she claims that "in terms of Harvey, I really didn’t know."
Hanks tried to boost his feminist cred by confessing that he has "participated in crude humor worthy of a baseball locker room on a set" and that the scandal and the #MeToo movement are bringing about "a reckoning that is going to make us a better society."
Streep added that women are "the last group it’s kind of O.K. to demean, degrade." Seriously? Try being a white male Christian conservative, Meryl.
Hanks and Streep go on to pretend that they're just simple artists who reluctantly find themselves with a pulpit from which to speak out -- but on this new movie, they say, it's welcome and appropriate."[T]his movie," Hanks said, "this is what this entire film deals with. We made this movie about 1971, but it really is about 2017. There’s no reason not to get involved in what this overpowering discussion is about."
TruthRevolt's prediction: The Post will be a box office dud but will rake in the Oscars as the smug hypocrites in Hollywood pat themselves on the back for their integrity and moral superiority.