Some heavy hitters of journalism and Hollywood met in Washington Thursday night to attend the premier of a new film by Robert Redford.
It's a documentary looking back on "All The President's Men," which Redford produced and starred in nearly 40 years ago.
"I think journalism is vital to our society," says Redford, who attended the screening at the Newseum. "Because the people need to get the truth."
Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are legends in their own time. They turned into heroic figures on film by Dustin Hoffman and Redford. They, too, were guests of honor Thursday night.
"My general attitude is there's a lot that we need to dig into and work harder on rather than to feel somehow the truth will automatically emerge," Woodward explains. "The truth is often buried."
"And the great thing about this movie is that it doesn't glamorize reporting," says Bernstein. "It takes place at night when good reporting really happens."
Redford's documentary is called "All The President's Men Revisited.” It airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.
In our interview with Woodward Thursday night, he shared this gem about journalism: "It's the greatest job in the world. You get to make momentary entries into people's lives when they're interesting and then get out when they cease to be interesting."
Added Bernstein: "The great thing about it is you get up every day, you don't know where the story is going to lead you. Your pre-conceived notion of what it might be turns out almost always to be wrong."
And about the subject of their Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting, Woodward says, "Nixon was so out of the mainstream of the American presidency. And as one of the reviewers said of this documentary, you look at Nixon and he was a crater. He was just all unto himself and he left this damage and this wound."
Also attending the screening, former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee, who is now 91 years old, greeted with kisses by both Woodward and Bernstein.
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