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Spielberg has said that he made The Post because of ‘the current climate of this administration, bombarding the press and labelling the truth as fake if it suited them’. I went to watch it looking for comfort and reassurance from a Hollywood movie in which the good woman wins. There is something unsettling, however, about being reassured in troubled times. You feel lied to. By showing us such a clear victory for the press, the film suggests that the struggle is over and dealt with: we can go home and forget, even feel nostalgic for the Nixon era. But there is something else about the film more pernicious than its romantic portrayal of a good woman fighting the good fight in a simpler time.

One of the production companies behind the movie is Twentieth Century Fox, part of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Entertainment Group, which also owns Fox News, Donald Trump’s preferred network. Another is Reliance Entertainment. Its chairman is Anil Ambani, the billionaire son of the late business tycoon Dhirajlal ‘Dhirubhai’ Ambani. The family is among the most powerful in India, with close ties to politicians of all persuasions. And the history of its relations with the publishing industry may appear at odds with the message of The Post. A 1998 biography of Dhirubhai Ambani, The Polyester Prince by Hamish McDonald, didn’t go on sale in India. In 2014, Anil Ambani and his brother Mukesh demanded an ‘unconditional public apology’ from the writers of Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis, accusing them of defamation. News websites across the country recently withdrew their negative coverage of a speech given by Mukesh’s son Anant.

full: https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/03/01/akshi-singh/follow-the-money/
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