The PostDVD - 2018
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“The founding fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”
Newspaper intern: Is that [secretly gathering data] legal?
Ben Bradlee: What is it you think we do here for a living, kid?
Someone said this at some point about why we stayed when we knew we were losing. Ten percent was to help the South Vietnamese. Twenty percent was to
hold back the commies. Seventy percent was to avoid the humiliation of an American defeat.
It will look like we were afraid. We will lose. The country will lose. Nixon wins. Nixon wins this one, and the next one. And all the ones after that because we were scared. Because the only way to assert the right to publish is to publish.
Well, if we live in- in a world where the government could tell us what we can and cannot print, then the Washington Post as we know it has already ceased to exist.
In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.
Oh, what have you got to lose?
-Uh, my job. My reputation.
Oh, Ben, please. We both know this will do nothing but burnish your reputation.
And as for your job, you can always find another one.
-If you're tryin' to make me feel better, there's nicer ways to do it.
You're very brave. But Kay... Kay is in a position she never thought she'd be in. A position I'm sure plenty of people don't think she should have. And when you're told time and time again that you're not good enough, that your opinion doesn't matter as much, when they don't just look past you, when to them, you're not even there, when that's been your reality for so long it's hard not to let yourself think it's true. So, to make this decision, to risk her fortune and the company that's been her entire life, well, I think that's brave.
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