Scandals and politics go together like Lindsay Lohan and bad behavior. But not all scandals are the same. Some are manufactured salacious muckraking. Others are serious, shaking the national conscience to its very core.
On the scandal scale running from calumny to crisis, where does Benghazi fit? Here are 10 movies that might help you make that determination.
It was the granddaddy of all political scandals. In 1894, the French government convicted Captain Alfred Dreyfus of espionage and imprisoned him on Devil’s Island. Two years later, information surfaced that proved his innocence—and senior military officials suppressed it. Novelist Emile Zola launched an unrelenting campaign for justice. Finally, in 1906, Dreyfus was exonerated. The decade-long scandal transformed French politics. The 1937 Hollywood biopic and box-office home run reminds us that scandals are not always trumped-up tales. Sometimes they are real, and can be rectified only by dogged pursuit of truth and justice.