Classic Thoughts: Wag the Dog

The political satire Wag the Dog came out over ten years ago, however its messages can still be seen as relevant in today’s world.

When the U.S. president becomes involved in a sex scandal days before an election, a spin doctor (Robert De Niro) hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to create a fake war in order to distract the public until the election.

This film explores, though comically, how media and public opinion can easily be manipulated. With the current year being an election year, you would wonder if any of the candidates would use similar tactics as seen in this film.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).