Getting the Small Things Right

From a Washington Post interview with Jonathan Finer, a former Post reporter who then became a State Department official and more recently a political consultant on the movie “Long Shot”:

How did you approach your fact-checking? I mean, it obviously couldn’t be exactly realistic.

I saw the goal as being that the ridiculous things would be intentional instead of things that are very easy to get wrong. . . . Of course, I know that a secretary of state wouldn’t go on a drug-fueled bender in Paris, but I thought about what it might look like if she did.

I was trying to help them get the small things right to make the big things more credible—I think people are more likely to suspend disbelief if there’s some credibility to the details.

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