Bob Woodward

Witcover: 'The Post' reveals how Katharine Graham stood tall for journalism

Witcover: 'The Post' reveals how Katharine Graham stood tall for journalism

There's a new film out about The Washington Post and the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Department of Defense's classified history of the lead-up to the Vietnam War. Before I saw the film, I was mystified by the title, "The Post," because the Pentagon Papers were first leaked to and printed in The New York Times, which won a Pulitzer Prize for it in 1972.

But after seeing the film, and after reading Post executive editor Martin Baron's explanation in a later Post interview, the mystery was cleared up for me.

"Well," Baron said, "they didn't have Katharine Graham, in all honesty. If they'd had Katharine Graham, it would be — we'd be calling...

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