Meryl Streep & Steven Spielberg Share What Scares Them About America's Political Divide

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter published a round-table interview with Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, and their collaborators to discuss their new film, The Post, in which Streep plays former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. If the Commission of Fine Arts ever decides to build a national monument honoring journalists, it will probably order a grinning sculpture of Bradlee, his shirtsleeves rolled up to expose forearms that would shame Popeye. "In my political reading, I read The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian". (The Post got into the fray after a federal court told the Times to stop.) And Rosenthal's innovations-introducing freestanding sections devoted to metro, lifestyle, and other subjects-did as much to reinvent the daily newspaper as Bradlee's did. It involves people who are not at the table - but yes. Times staffers may have wanted Rosenthal's job, but they didn't want to be him.

"I'm just saying, obviously, there is media that you would imagine I would not trust", Spielberg added with a laugh. Earlier the duo have worked on films like The Money Pit (1986) Joe vs the Volcano (1990), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Shooting War (2000), Band of Brothers, We Stand Alone Together (2001), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), The Pacific (2010), Bridge of Spies(2015).

Spielberg says he laments the current political climate, because "we've lost the majority of good listeners" and "our conversations have turned into skirmishes".

"The gray and the blue have become the blue and the red", he said.

"We live in an area where we don't know a lot of red-state voters. I've never seen anything like it".

If your house is overrun with unwanted spirits, it turns out that the best person to call is not, in fact, the Ghostbusters, but Meryl Streep. "Whether this table is really a table".

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