The first time I heard the name Gary Hart–the former Democratic senator from Colorado whose 1988 bid for his party’s nomination for president was completely upended by an extramarital affair–was in a history of journalism class. It marked a major turning point in how the mainstream media reported on the private lives of politicians, and yet most Americans under the age of 40 likely have no idea how monumental his failed candidacy really was in changing the entire face of journalism. But the first trailer for The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman as the disgraced politician shows we’re all about to get a lesson on the campaign that changed how our leaders are covered.
Directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), the movie is an adaptation of the 2014 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. The trailer touches on the major moments of Hart’s candidacy, which began with him as the best bet to be the Democratic nominee for president before it was discovered he was having an affair.
To think, there was a time in American history when a politician’s career could be ended because he lied about an affair…
Maybe in 30 years a whole new generation will need another political movie to explain when things changed like they did when Gary Hart turned major newspapers into tabloids.
The Front Runner arrives in theaters–when else–this November 7th.
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