Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradley are terrific in the brinksmanship battle for the right to publish the stolen government documents which became known as the Pentagon Papers. The Post was being sold at the time and the court battle and legal consequences if the Post lost in court would be the end of the newspaper. Katherine Graham was one of the strongest leaders in the defense of the right for the public to know that the government had lied to them for years about Vietnam. Bob MacNamara knew the war was unwinnable and yet they continued it for 7 more years. Powerful film making by Steven Spielberg.