Why does a dog wag its tail?
Because a dog is smarter than its tail.
If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog.
The above part looks funny but it’s true and it is very well presented in a classic film Wag the Dog.
When an unnamed President of the United States is caught in a closed room with a young girl scout less than two weeks before re-election, a hired political gun (played by Robert DeNiro) is brought in to try to take the public attention away from the scandal. He decides to construct a fake war with Albania, hoping the media will concentrate on this instead. In order to come up with his ‘war’, he contacts a Hollywood producer named Stanley Motss (Hoffman), who brings in a series of specialists who help construct a theme song, build up interest, and fake some footage of an orphan in Albania.
The plan’s continual setbacks (including having to use an Army prison convict to be their ‘hero’ who was “shot down behind enemy lines”) don’t disturb the producer, who continues to declare “This is nothing” while comparing the situation to a past movie-making catastrophe he averted. In the end, with the election done and the President re-elected, everything seems fine – until the producer finds out from the news outlets that the media are crediting the President’s tired “Don’t change horses in mid stream” campaign slogan with his win, rather than his elaborate plans. The producer is about to call the media to ‘set them straight’, when the President’s aide warns him that he is “toying with his life” and, eventually, has him killed and makes it look like he had a heart-attack while tanning next to his pool.
Happy Movie Time 😉