Streep says she "had a lot of people in mind" when creating her character. "I'm a news junkie - C-Span, BBC, CNN." Journalists, she believes, "circled" the whole story "and came to it late. You can't be the servant of two masters." She admires correspondents such as CNN's Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware and wishes she was "Christiane Amanpour [CNN], but I'm just not cut out for it".
Her character in Lions has a mother who needs 24-hour care. "People make decisions for very personal reasons," Streep says. "Senator Irving gives Janine access, which is what a lot of journalists salivate for. In this Administration, if you don't play by their rules you're shut out of the loop. The press, to maintain lines of communication within the White House, played a game that in the long term did not serve them."
She feels that war in Iraq was declared on a false premise and that the consequence has been "disaster. No other word for it."