Documentary on Ben Bradlee, legendary Post editor, premieres at Newseum
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SPOTTED: A bevy of Washington VIPs and journalism behemoths — including Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sally Quinn — celebrating the premiere of a new documentary about legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.

Among the crowd at the exclusive soiree for HBO’s “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee,” on Wednesday at the Newseum in downtown Washington: Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns MORE (D-Mass.), Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing MORE (D-Mich.), HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, Tammy Haddad, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Tony Kornheiser, executive producers Richard Cohen and Peter Kunhardt, BET's Sheila Johnson and Bradlee's son, Quinn Bradlee.

“The Newspaperman” debuts on HBO on Dec. 4.


Director John Maggio said that Bradlee, who died in 2014 at 93, would “be going crazy” if he had lived to see the current political climate in the nation’s capital.

“President Trump is so slipstream and so difficult to dig the truth out of,” Maggio exclaimed. “Ben was dogged about the truth. It would be an amazing challenge for Ben to be alive in these times.”

When asked what Bradlee would make of President Trump’s often-contentious relationship with the press, Woodward told ITK, “Oh my God, do we have an hour?”