7. Fake News & Wag the Dog (1998)

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Welcome back to PARTISAN, a podcast exploring politics and history in film and entertainment.

Join your host, Tony Black, as he is joined by co-host of the Affable Chat podcast, Affable Joey, to discuss Barry Levinson’s 1997 political satire, WAG THE DOG…

NOTE: this episode was recorded not long in advance of the tragic passing of Anne Heche, therefore she is referenced without that context. RIP.

Next time on Partisan, guest Trevor Gumbel joins us to discuss Martin Scorsese’s debut 1967 picture, WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR?

Host / Editor / Producer

Tony Black


Affable Joey


Dustin Hoffman for Film Scouts: http://www.filmscouts.com/scripts/interview.cfm?File=dus-hof
Barry Levinson for Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/wag-dog-director-barry-levinson-sees-trump-era-comparisons-q-a-993067/amp/
Mark Knopfler interview: https://www.amarkintime.org/forum/index.php?topic=6230.0
Documentary with interviews in two parts:

Watching Wag the Dog in 2020 Is Almost Comforting by Joshua Keating: https://slate.com/culture/2020/01/wag-the-dog-revisited-iran-trump-movie.html
Too Bad ‘Wag the Dog’ Isn’t Fiction; Or, What It’s Like to Live in 2020 by Cassandra Luca: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/11/30/wag-the-dog-retrospective/
Wag the Dog: A Study on Film and Reality in the Digital Age by Eleftheria Thanouli: https://library.oapen.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.12657/29691/1000254.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Barry Levinson’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Was Prophetic at the Wrong Time by Liam Gaughan: https://collider.com/barry-levinson-wag-the-dog-prophetic-wrong-time/
Wag the Dog: The Cynical Movie Americans Deserve by Megan Garber: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2016/10/wag-the-dog-the-cynical-movie-americans-deserve/622981/

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