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 search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals Dems say they have 50 votes in Senate to overrule net neutrality repeal MORE (D-Mass.), Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDem rep: We need more info before we pursue Trump impeachment Dem rep: I’ll work with Trump on infrastructure if he works with us John Dingell at GW Hospital after fall 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?”