Wag the Dog

Primary Colors by Anonymous with Joe Klein When a naïve congressional worker joins the presidential campaign of a Bill Clinton
It's now only a matter of time before an increasingly well-armed People's Liberation Army attempts to take the Senkaku Islands by force.
As we prepare to enter "the silly season," backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton should think seriously about what and whom they are backing.
"Air Force One" (1997) Because sometimes people get mad at the president. This weekend will find Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader
Knife Fight is about on a level with the kind of comedy that shows up on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, with casts full of aging former TV stars. Movies like this give political satire a bad name.
Today, politicians are happily feeding a complicit media a made-up story about a "fiscal cliff" and a nation that is too broke to pay the bills. Don't believe the hype.
Barry Levinson managed to teach everyone how effective the found-footage technique can be when it's used as a tool and not a crutch. Somebody had to.
William H. Macy has a voice that could sell needles to a porcupine. He can say the word "Golly" and have it be rife with unspoken meaning and depth.
This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.
Communication -- the ability to connect and manipulate -- is perhaps the most interesting part of politics we can observe, and the most frightening.
While spinning can escalate to distortion or even to outright deception, topspin is the direct approach you can use to get the advantage.
Turkish officials have been salivating at the opportunity of presenting the United States with a series of demands in return for allowing U.S. troops to leave through Turkey.
My suspicion is that no Hollywood producer is involved in the McCain presidential run. I say this for a simple reason -- it's badly orchestrated.
The book is coming out in September. Variety says it has a "satirical bent." Which might be true, but I thought it was very serious. Often funny, but not satirical.