Many filmic treatments of Washington present a more hard-edged political reality than most of today’s so-called journalism.
While I might disagree with some of his choices, Sirota does bring up some interesting points..You can get a better idea about American politics from the movies than from immersing yourself in an ongoing campaign.
Admittedly, there’s something grotesque about a nation immersing itself in celluloid during crises — something reminiscent of Rome’s fire-ignoring fiddlers or the Titanic’s iceberg-oblivious deckchair arrangers. But the real tragedy is that these films present more hard-edged political reality than most of today’s “reporting.” In that sense, the uptick in movie interest is altogether healthy. Amid the overpowering media noise and propaganda, the silver screen has become the nostrum keeping us sane.