Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg Talk About People in the Media They Admire

Meryl Streep stars in Steven Spielberg‘s new movie The Post, and a new interview they both sat down for focuses a lot on the modern news environment. Streep and Spielberg spoke to The Hollywood Reporter along with screenwriter Liz Hannah, producer Amy Pascal, and longtime Spielberg producer Kristie Macosko Krieger. The Post is about the battle between a news organization and the White House, and as Spielberg explains, “I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration… I realized this was the only year to make this film.” Streep lamented how “people disagree on what actual facts are,” and said that when it comes to trusting the press, her rule is “trust but verify.” Streep even reveals her own media diet, which includes the Drudge Report:
In my political reading, I read The New York Times, The Post and The Guardian. I check in on Politico, Axios and Drudge, and I go to Fox often to see the manipulation.

At one point, they were all asked about people in the media they admire. And there are some familiar names in the mix:
SPIELBERG I like Don Lemon. I like Rachel Maddow. HANNAH The bravery Anderson Cooper has, to go into war zones, is pretty admirable. SPIELBERG Yeah and I adore and follow Christiane Amanpour. STREEP And Maggie Haberman. I tend to trust the women. PASCAL Ain’t that funny.
You can read the full interview here. [image via Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

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