By: Stella Bianca 04120110091

The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.
Stephen Meyers is an idealist who's brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris's presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris's opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris's negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen's romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What's most important, career, victory, or virtue?

Plot
Stephen Meyers is the Junior Campaign Manager for Mike Morris, Governor of Pennsylvania and a Democratic presidential candidate, competing against Arkansas Senator Ted Pullman. The candidates are campaigning in Ohio. Both campaigns are attempting to enlist the endorsement of North Carolina Democratic Senator Franklin Thompson, who controls 356 convention delegates, enough to clinch the nomination for either candidate.
After a debate at Miami University, Meyers is asked by Pullman's Campaign Manager Tom Duffy to attend a secret meeting. Meyers calls his boss, Senior Campaign Manager Paul Zara, who doesn't answer. Meyers leaves a message that something important has come up. Duffy offers Meyers a position in Pullman's campaign, an offer Meyers refuses. Zara calls Meyers back and asks what was important, but Meyers says it was nothing to worry about.
Meyers starts a sexual relationship with Molly Stearns, an intern for Morris' campaign and daughter of Jack Stearn, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Late one night when Molly is in his room sleeping, Meyers discovers that Morris is trying to call her. She and Morris had a brief sexual liaison at a campaign stop in Iowa several weeks previously, and Molly is now pregnant with the Governor's baby. Meyers helps her with money for an abortion but warns her not to tell anybody. Meyers also fires Molly from the campaign. He drives her to the clinic, but does not pick her up afterwards.
Meyers admits to Zara that he met with Duffy, who told Meyers that Pullman will offer Thompson the position of Secretary of State, guaranteeing his victory. Ida, a reporter for the New York Times, reveals that an anonymous source leaked his encounter with Duffy to her and that she will publish unless Meyers gives her all of the information about his meeting with Thompson. Meyers comes to Zara for help. Zara reveals that he leaked the meeting to Ida and fires Meyers from the campaign for showing a "lack of loyalty" in meeting with Duffy.
Meyers offers his services to Duffy, who admits he only met with Meyers in order to influence his opponent's operation. He suspected that Meyers would tell Zara about the meeting which would lead Zara to remove Meyers from Morris' campaign. Should this happen, Duffy correctly surmised, the Morris campaign would be weakened and, as a result, Pullman's would be strengthened. Before dismissing Meyers, Duffy encourages the younger man to quit the business before he becomes a cynic. Meanwhile, Molly learns that Meyers has been fired and fearing that he will reveal her pregnancy, takes a fatal drug overdose.
Meyers decides to go on the offensive. Unbeknownst to the Morris campaign, he meets with Thompson to arrange for Thompson's delegates in exchange for a spot on the Morris ticket. He then uses Molly's phone to call Morris, inducing the candidate to meet him. Meyers confronts Morris, telling him that he will expose the affair with Molly if Morris does not accept his demands: fire Zara, place Meyers in charge of the campaign, and offer Thompson a Cabinet position. Morris resists, but Meyers claims that he has a suicide note found in Molly's room. After a back-and-forth in which either or both men appear to bluff, Morris relents and meets all of Meyer's demands. Later at Molly's funeral, Zara compliments Meyers on his skill in using secrets to his advantage. With Thompson's endorsement (and delegates), Morris becomes the nominee despite losing the Ohio primary election.
Now Senior Campaign Manager, Meyers attends a remote TV interview with the voice of John King in his ear. After brushing off Ida, the movie ends as he takes his seat for a television interview inside Xavier University's Cintas Center and is asked for insight as to how the events surrounding the primary unfolded.

Quotes
Tom Duffy: Get out, now. Or otherwise...
Stephen Meyers: Otherwise, I'll end up like you?
Tom Duffy: Yeah, you end up being a jaded, cynical asshole, just like me.


Stephen Meyers: You can lie, you can cheat, you can start a war, you can bankrupt the country, but you can't fuck the interns. They get you for that.

Stephen Meyers: I'm not a Christian. I'm not an Atheist. I'm not Jewish. I'm not Muslim. My religion, what I believe in is called the Constitution of United States of America.
Review
As the movie revolves around politics, Journalism plays a huge role in the movie and it marks the reputation, the status, the character of all the candidates. all the politicians will have to keep watch of their own image and the image that has been portrayed of them by the journalists. The role of journalists in the world presented by this movie delivers a more villainous plot as the journalists sometimes say what they think nonetheless, they media are used as a weapon to go against their opponents.

Within the movie there are many scandals and the journalists seem to be on the tip of finding all of them. the journalist's characters depicted in the movie shows another side of journalism due to the fact that they are on every corner finding news and information about everything they could get their hands on to write about. the power of media is shown vastly as it is an intermediary from the politics to the voters which is very important.

In this movie, the Journalists were a pro and con for all the candidates, but moreover as an advantage but that is solely when the deliver what the candidate wants. journalists were viewed as a teammate to a candidate and a backup plan to on but to another, considered as a very dangerous weapon that can destroy ones reputation.

Technology plays a huge role, the way we communicate is through technology and in journalists uses it to record, process, spread their news. without technology the journalists will no have as much affect and spreading the news would have cost a leg. through technology, news is spread in a blink of an eye and has a vast range and is very effective to make the readers understand what they want.


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