Keith Olbermann attacked Foxs’ 24 as a “a program length commercial for one political party.” A somewhat realistic portrayal of a massive terror attack on on the US is automatically propaganda? What if Fox had made a movie which showed 19 hijackers flying 4 planes into targets all over the northeast before 9/11? Would that have been dismissed as propaganda and fear mongering Keith?
If Keith Olbermann is the sickness… Hugh Hewitt is the cure. This from todays opinion piece on ABC news:
Given that there are easily, oh, 10 million people in the world who would stand up and cheer at the real version of Monday night’s fictionalized attack, and at least a few tens of thousands trying hard to do a deed of at least proportionate scale given the weaponry available, it is silly to argue that “it” couldn’t possibly happen. Of course it could happen. Eventually another nuke will go off, and it is not likely to be the obvious action of a state actor. So what is the “too far” in the question supposed to mean? It can only be that “24” is engaged in fear-mongering, and that is as stupid a charge as can be made.
Would the BBC have been going “too far” if in 1937 it had broadcast a radio drama depicting life in a Hitler-authorized death camp where hundreds of thousands of Jews were being executed in gas chambers, one of a string of such camps springing up across Europe?
Would a Paris newspaper have been going “too far” if it had run a short story in 1913 supposing trench warfare that would claim millions of casualties?
Had PBS run a drama proposing a Communist massacre of millions of Cambodians in 1973 or a Rawandan genocide of more than a half million Tutsis twenty years later, would those prophecies have been going “too far?”
I can’t believe I missed this point. Newsbusters has some quotes:
Olbermann recounted how 24 “featured a mall attack, a would-be suicide bomber on a subway, and a successful suicide bombing on a passenger bus. Not in places where these things have already happened, but in a country called the United States of America. In case you missed the point, the show finished up with a nuclear weapon detonating in a major American city, literally conjuring up the administration’s imagery for the war in Iraq, the good old mushroom cloud.”
Am I reading this properly? Did Olby just claim that there havn’t been any successful suicide bombings in The United States of America? That mall attacks havn’t been thwarted? That subway attacks havn’t been planned? I think it’s becoming more and more clear every day that ole’ Olby lives in fantasy land.