Chris Matthews blares into the camera about the ramifications of the election snafu. Tucker Carlson follows suit. Larry King delivers his trademark monotone. And Arianna Huffington gets a full-blown monologue. How is it that all these people can play themselves in a world with a completely different president, one virtually devoid (as far as we can tell) of modern talking points like the Iraq War and the beleaguered economy? It's almost as if they've been imported from another dimension.
Then again, there's a logic behind writing these familiar faces into the screenplay -- it mirrors the way human interest stories are broken down by larger institutional forces. The public rarely wants to decide for itself, choosing instead to leave the decision-making process to the people it recognizes on the tube. However, the gimmick will sort of break the fourth wall and provide a reminder that Swing Vote is just a movie, rather not a thoughtfully accurate reflection of the world we live in. How do you feel about the presence of authentic news people in a scripted film?