Oscar Week 2018: Wagging the Dog

 

Why does the dog wag its tail?
Because a dog is smarter than its tail.
If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.

Clinton’s Perfect Storm: Lewinsky, military strikes in two countries, and “Wag the Dog’s” release.

It was life imitating art or art imitating life or whatever…

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In “Wag the Dog” the President starts a fake war in Albania trying to deflect any attention away from his sex scandal. The genesis of “fake news” if you will…

But in real life, President Clinton bombs Afghanistan and Sudan, calling more attention to his sex scandal.

Clinton’s motivations are questioned with “Wag the Dog” as a point of reference.

The producers of the movie were overwhelmed with requests for comment.

One of the first questions asked of the Defense Secretary was how he would respond to people who think the military action “bears a striking resemblance to “Wag the Dog.”

One of its stars, Anne Heche, had just started dating Ellen DeGeneres. The religious right was willing to overlook the movie’s affiliation with lesbians and went to see it in droves.

The film is never on TV. You can’t download it from Netflix.

Suspect original film cells are buried by fake news.

However, last year it was announced that HBO is rebooting “Wag the Dog” as a half-hour comedy.  They are calling it a political satire about manufacturing reality with the tools of social media.

Life imitating art or art imitating life or whatever…

 


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