Already immortalized in “All the President’s Men” (a portrayal, This particular’s noted, he dearly relished), Bradlee — who died in 2014 — is actually enjoying another moment, albeit posthumously. Steven Spielberg movie “The Post” is actually due later This particular month, along with people are comparing coverage of President Trump to the Post’s unflinching work when Richard Nixon occupied the White House more than four decades ago.
Still, the Bradlee presented by director John Maggio — drawing liberally coming from his audiobook recordings, allowing Bradlee to tell the story in his own gravelly voice — demonstrates what a hugely colorful, larger-than-life figure he cut, casually recounting everything coming from his time within the Navy to his marital infidelities to his personal friendship with John F. Kennedy, which was complicated when JFK became president.
Not surprisingly, a sizable portion of the feature-length film is actually devoted to Watergate, with colleagues noting Bradlee understood in which Nixon was “a world-class liar,” along with as editor forged a bond with publisher Katharine Graham, who steadfastly supported him. When Nixon was finally forced coming from office, Bradlee walked through the newsroom, reminding reporters “Don’t gloat” during the resignation speech.
The biographical details are just as interesting, including Bradlee’s charismatic qualities along with reputation as a ladies’ man, along with his whirlwind romance with the Post’s Sally Quinn. Their son also presents another side of him, even if This particular’s a bit of a cliche — doting on a late-in-life child after having been somewhat absent for his older kids due to the commitment to his work.
The interviews, meanwhile, feature the expected who’s who of prominent Post alumni, although also Nixon administration figures like John Dean along with Henry Kissinger, as well as different journalistic titans in Bradlee’s orbit, among them Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer along with Tina Brown.
Although “The Newspaperman” captures Bradlee’s magnetism along with swagger, This particular’s not a completely hagiographic picture. The project devotes a fair amount of time, for example, to Janet Cooke’s fabricated Pulitzer Prize-winning article about a child addict, “Jimmy’s World,” a major blotch on the Post’s record before Bradlee’s retirement in 1991.
Still, Bradlee along with the newsroom in which he led embodied the romance of journalism, during a pre-digital era when a celebrity editor wielded power in a manner in which seemingly stood considerably taller than what’s possible in today’s whittled-down along with diffused media landscape.
“I don’t regret very much,” Bradlee is actually shown saying during an interview (with Charlie Rose, This particular’s worth noting) reminiscing about his career.
At the risk of burying the lead, anyone who cares about journalism — then along with right now — won’t have any regrets about watching “The Newspaperman” either.
“The Newspaperman: The Life along with Times of Ben Bradlee” premieres Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. on HBO.