Wag the Dog
the Dog” was a 1998 film written by Larry Beinhart and directed
by Barry Levinson. The movie plot was of a president who was up
for re-election, but a scandal was about to be revealed that would
most likely cost him the election. In order to divert attention
away from the scandal, the president’s “spin doctor” (Robert
De Niro) hires a film director (Dustin Hoffman) to create a fake
war with Albania. The war is presented to the American public as a
was a fictional story about a fictional president producing a
fictional news event in an attempt to cover up a “true”
name of the film comes from a cliche that says, “Instead of the
dog wagging the tail, the tail is wagging the dog.”
write about this? Why should we care about such fictional story
lines? It is an illustration of how the line between truth and
fiction is being blurred in our world today.
few years back the catch phrase in the news was “spin.” News
reporters and political pundits put their own “spin” on the
facts for the purpose of supporting a particular agenda. The
catch phrase for today is “Fake News.” Our nation is headed
toward chaos because of the difficulty of distinguishing between
truth and fiction.
generation that is coming up is being raised on video games and
fictional shows called “reality shows.” News reporters and
commentators are discovered to be overtly spinning and even
altering the news to fit their own agendas. What is real? Who can
Now consider this.
The generation that is coming up is being told that
Jesus Christ is a fictional character. They are being told that
the events recorded in the Bible were the tales of the “spin
doctors” of their day, and that it was “fake news” generated
by some who wanted to make a name for themselves. The Bible, it is
said, has good morals, but you can’t trust your life to a book
that tells of people walking on water, casting out demons and
raising the dead.
While modern media is not necessarily evil in and
of itself, it is of grave importance that we do not allow such
things to “wag the dog.” It is essential that Christians be
reminded that God, not man, is in charge. We must remember that
the Bible provides the morals, principles and teaching we need for
this life and for the life to come. We must live according to the
fact that on the Day of Judgment, the Bible is the only truth that
will matter. Jesus Christ is the only Savior. The fog of fiction
will be lifted and all “spin” and “fake news” will vanish,
and each one will be judged according to his or her deeds (2
Corinthians 5:10). This is truth to live by.
In the movie, Wag the Dog, the film director wanted
to go public and take credit for the president’s re-election.
The president’s “spin doctor,” in order to protect the lie
they had created, had the film director killed. Such is the case
when we allow the tail to wag the dog.
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10).
by Steve Vice