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Nuclear Blast on TV's '24' Causes Fallout for Fox (PC crybaby alert)
ABC News ^ | 1/15/07

Posted on 01/16/2007 6:06:00 AM PST by rintense

"How much longer? I hear someone," says the nervous terrorist with a heavy Middle Eastern accent, just before U.S. agents storm a warehouse where a nuclear device is being assembled. Confusion reigns, drama builds, the device is detonated and a mushroom cloud looms over Los Angeles. Such is primetime television in the age of terrorism, or as some critics charge, has "24" gone too far?

"It's the closest television comes to roller coasters," said David Bianculli, television critic for the New York Daily News. "It works well dramatically, and as far as feeding fears, that's what '24' is all about."

Sut Jhally, co-producer and co-director of the film "Hijacking Catastrophe," says the dramatic action in the show creates a dangerous climate in which the public loses some of its perspective on what's real and what's not. Of course that may be a minority opinion given the show's enormous popularity.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 24; nuclear; proliferation; television; terrorism
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1 posted on 01/16/2007 6:06:02 AM PST by rintense
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To: COEXERJ145; silent_jonny; mystery-ak

PING!


2 posted on 01/16/2007 6:07:00 AM PST by rintense (Just say no to McCain in 2008!)
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To: rintense
Too far?

"Too far" is watching a rerun of some guy with a pierced scrotum on "Jackass".

3 posted on 01/16/2007 6:07:45 AM PST by zarf
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To: rintense

ABC is just jealous of 24's ratings.


4 posted on 01/16/2007 6:07:58 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: rintense
Have never watched the show but maybe they were building nukes for electricity only.
5 posted on 01/16/2007 6:08:17 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: rintense

can't have the sheeple seeing what might happen if we lose the war, can we?


6 posted on 01/16/2007 6:09:10 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Long Island Pete

Good 'un.


7 posted on 01/16/2007 6:09:26 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: rintense; eyespysomething

As eyespy and I discussed this morning, what we learned from watching 24 Sunday night and last night is that if your neighbors go to beat the crap out of a Muslim neighbor, let them. That Muslim neighbor might just be a terrorist.


8 posted on 01/16/2007 6:10:12 AM PST by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: rintense
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc6HbARJ_fQ
9 posted on 01/16/2007 6:10:19 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: rintense
"Television shows like '24' also reinforce stereotypes about Arabs, he said, and in this episode connections are drawn between terrorism, Arabs and nuclear war. With the U.S. wrestling with Iran over its nuclear capabilities, these associations are dangerous, he said."

Interesting non-sequitar.
10 posted on 01/16/2007 6:10:50 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: SittinYonder

and by all means go armed!


11 posted on 01/16/2007 6:11:33 AM PST by Jazzman1 (l)
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To: rintense
"This television show is very political, and it's no accident that it's on Fox," said Jhally, who directs the Media and Education Foundation and is professor of communications at University of Massachusetts. "Given their propaganda system, it doesn't surprise me."

Okay lets all watch Rosie and hold hands all night long, will that make him feel better
12 posted on 01/16/2007 6:12:07 AM PST by boxerblues
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To: rintense
Television shows like '24' also reinforce stereotypes about Arabs

No, Arabs reinforce stereotypes about Arabs.

13 posted on 01/16/2007 6:12:24 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119: 97-176)
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To: SittinYonder

I also learned what can happen to our country when a weak President gets in office - one that caves in to terrorist's demands.


14 posted on 01/16/2007 6:12:34 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: rintense

I am a huge fan of 24 and have noticed this year, a lot more "Are we violating somebody's rights??? (whine, whine) being done and some not-so-veiled attacks on the Bush administration.

Ironically though, they also have some interesting contradictions to that...like the time Jack is torturing a guy and he decides the suspect has no more information because he "sees it in his eyes", then his Islamic traitor ally sticks a knife in the guy's kneecap and the guy starts spilling info. In other words, TORTURE WORKED!

The fact is, there ARE suitcase nukes out there, and there ARE Islamofacists that would use one in a heartbeat if they could.

Unlike in 24, it won't go off in a remote warehouse, it will go off adjacent to a football stadium full of people, or a business district at 2pm.


15 posted on 01/16/2007 6:13:04 AM PST by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: rintense

reality bites.


16 posted on 01/16/2007 6:13:14 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: rintense

The ABC critic doesn't know the difference between nuclear power and nuclear bomb. ABC is sad because FOX is doing so well vs. the lies of the alphabet media's biased news and programs.


17 posted on 01/16/2007 6:13:23 AM PST by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Really? I think its a load of crap. The entire article. Oh, and once they stated that line about FOX having a political propaganda, the article lost all credibility.


18 posted on 01/16/2007 6:13:31 AM PST by rintense (Just say no to McCain in 2008!)
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To: camle
Well, this is the first season I have watched it as it was broadcast. I have watched the first three seasons on DVD.

However, as near as I can tell, after two democrat presidents with appropriately PC aides, in 24-world the USA is now suffering terrorist attacks every day, the democrat Chief of Staff (who looks like Bill Kristol) is trying to set up concentration camps, the Chinese are up to something, and this was the first detonation of FIVE nuclear devices which were brought into the US.

While some people are carping that the show haas moved left, it appears to me we are seeing the alternate universe if Gore had won the election in 2000.

19 posted on 01/16/2007 6:14:08 AM PST by Miss Marple (Prayers for Jemian's son,: Lord, please keep him safe and bring him home .)
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To: SittinYonder

it also tells us no matter how nice that muslim neighbor is, they are definitely hiding something, and just might be that next out of the closet terrorist.


20 posted on 01/16/2007 6:15:01 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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