Lessons from the campaign trail on film
By Emily Christianson, Noelene Clark, Patrick Kevin Day, Lily Mihalik, Nate Jackson, Jevon Phillips and Nardine Saad
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1997 | 'Wag the Dog'( P.V. Caruso / New Line Cinema )
When a sex scandal strikes days before the election, media spin doctor Dustin Hoffman is called in to save the day. His solution, fabricate a war, of course. The Hollywood production comes complete with a faux war anthems and costume designers who bring the war to the masses while guarding the president from being caught with his pants down. Ironically, the film was released just before the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal hit newsstands around the globe.
Campaign lesson learned: "Why does the dog wag its tail? / Because the dog is smarter than the tail. / If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog."