Both shows have a style and a prevailing mood that incorporate true-crime documentary conventions, podcast fussiness and generational perspective.
A decade later, in “Fiasco,” we see a transitional period, as the minimal fallout for Reagan from Iran-contra begins to normalize the White House’s trampling of the Constitution.
Among the principal chroniclers are the reporter Doyle McManus; the refreshingly casual Howard Teicher, a National Security Council staff member at the time; and the former national security adviser Robert McFarlane, who is heard but not seen, a ghostly logistical hitch that actually seems appropriate given his mournful, repentant testimony.
But the resonance of “Slow Burn” and “Fiasco,” both made during the term of Donald Trump, with current American rancor is inescapable.
McManus gets something like the last word in “Fiasco,” saying that the lesson of Iran-contra lies in the immense difficulty of putting limits on a modern president.
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