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Libertarian Movie Review: The Post

The Post is the sort of movie you feel good for seeing—and that’s the trouble with it. Spielberg, as usual, lays in plenty of nostalgia—rotary pay phones, workplace smoking, and pencil-wielding editors feeding copy into pneumatic tubes to be typeset and printed on massive machines—are catnip for Baby Boomers who are now old enough to prattle about how things were so much better back in their day.

Yup, back in their day—in this case 1971— the press cared less about share prices and more about their sacred constitutional duty as the fourth estate. The Post exists to enshrine that conceit solidly in the narrative of the Age of Trump.

“Making a Murderer,” “The Night Of,” and the case against the criminal justice system

Making a Murderer caused many who saw it to seriously question, if not abandon, one of the convenient fictions that most Americans believe—that, in the unlikely event we get arrested for a crime we didn’t commit, all we have to do is explain ourselves and the system will quickly realize that it made a mistake. After all, only guilty people hire lawyers.