In the summer of 1973, I and many others were glued to the television, watching the amazing production of the congressional Watergate hearings. At the time, we did not realize it was “only a movie.” Imagine watching The Blair Witch Project and thinking it was real. Millions in 1973 believed they were watching a true story unfold. Only later did we realize it had been a CIA production.
The CIA’s Watergate production was such an enormous hit that it was bound to happen there would be a sequel. And now, coming soon to a theater near you, the blockbuster film: Russia-gate! You will be amazed! You will hardly be able to keep your eyes from the screen! You won’t want to miss this tale of evil Russians, Donald Trump, and the heroic Washington Post!
Already the action is beginning to heat up, with a cast of characters of amazing proportions. In the Watergate movie, we had only one secret source, “Deep Throat.” In the sequel we have a plethora of them, all speaking from the shadows and unable to be cross-examined. In the other corner, we have the flamboyant president, Donald Trump, instead of the uncharismatic character of yore, Richard Nixon. Trump will be sure to enliven the entertainment on the big screen.
The advertising build-up to this summer’s blockbuster sequel, Russia-gate, has been phenomenal. Returning to the big screen is The Washington Post, which has been releasing daily breathtaking “teasers” for the film. The latest is that “the top U.S. intelligence official, Dan Coats”, sidestepped a question on a Washington Post report that Trump had asked him and the National Security Agency chief to help him knock down the notion there was evidence of collusion between associates of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. 
With business whiz Jeff Bezos at the head of The Washington Post, many feel certain he will help guarantee high ratings for the summer blockbuster. And the charismatic Donald Trump, cast as the villain, also brings enormous business acumen to the production. And the producers, CIA and other spooks, have decades of skills to give plentiful special effects. Yes, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat. But just keep telling yourself, “It’s only a movie… It’s only a movie…”
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 “Ex-CIA chief: Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia”, by Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu. Reuters, May 23, 2017. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18J2DE