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Monday, April 17, 2006

Quote du jour

"Our government has no integrity." -- Jack Bauer, superhero of Fox's TV thriller "24." On the show, President Logan has arranged for terrorists to get their hands on deadly nerve gas as part of a plot for the US to gain control of the world's oil fields. In the process, a respected former president (hey, this is fiction!) is assassinated and dozens of Americans injured or killed. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) uncovers the plot and has to figure out a way to bring down the president, who is using the power of his office to try and kill Jack.

A very interesting theme for a TV show right now, don't you think? I've read some other blogs suggesting that Rupert Murdoch is using his Fox empire to support the Bush empire because of the ridiculous partisanship and jingoism of Fox News. I don't think he has a political agenda at all--he just wants to make money. Fox News hits the same audience that has made Rush Lamebrain such a hit for years. But shows like "Arrested Development" and "The Simpsons" take many delightful shots at the idiots running this country (Homer referred to Bush as "Commander Cuckoo Bananas"). And then there's "24," which seems to appeal to people across the political spectrum. I have my very own 24 blog, and as far as I know all of the readers of that blog are far-lefties like myself and devoted watchers of the show. While Jack and the CTU gang don't generally show a lot of respect for constitutionally-protected rights, some of the plots (like this year's) are especially timely. In Season Two, which ran in the 2002-2003 TV season, 24's president (the guy who got killed this year) and Jack Bauer spent the last eight episodes of the season working desperately to keep the country OUT of a war in the Middle East, in sharp contrast to what was going on at the same time in the so-called real world. Right wingers, I think, just revel in the steamrolling of rights and wasting of "terrorists," missing these story lines entirely. (I don't doubt that there are many people across the political spectrum who despise the show for these same reasons, or just because it is ultra-violent.)

Anyway, they've still got six hours left to get the terrorist president out of office before the show's over, which is pretty close to where we stand in so-called reality as well.