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COLUMN: And still, citizens need journalists to dig out the truth

The scene of the Linotype machine was riveting.

In days gone by, newspapers used these mechanical marvels to prepare stories for printing. They relied on molten lead, swinging arms, and expert typists.

The Linotype was a key actor in the movie “The Post,” Hollywood’s version of how the Washington Post came to print the Pentagon Papers. Cameras zoomed in as the lead was turned into words, a process I’d seen countless times growing up in a newspaper shop.

But the Linotype was more than a movie artifact. In way, the complexity of that machine echoed the complexity of journalism portrayed in the “The Post.”

The movie captured the competitive nature of journalism, as The Post and the New York Times competed to dominate the story of the secret history of the Vietnam war. Some people still think news organizations are all of like mind, that we . . .