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 MarkeyDem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill Overnight Tech: Alleged robocall kingpin testifies before Congress | What lawmakers learned | Push for new robocall rules | Facebook changes privacy settings ahead of new data law | Time Warner CEO defends AT&T merger at trial MORE (D-Mass.), Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight 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?”