May 26, 2006, - 1:36 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Surprise, surprise. ABC is up to it’s old tricks again.
Tomorrow night, the network will broadcast “Enemy of the State,” a PRE-9/11 movie whose plot involves sinister NSA agents tapping the all telecommuncations, etc. of an innocent labor lawyer (whose wife just so happens to be an ACLU lawyer) and making his life hell–all to cover up a murder of a U.S. Senator who opposed more lax surveillance legislation.
Is it just me . . . or do you notice that ABC picks “coincidental” times to run certain programming?
The last time ABC ran this 1998 movie was in January on the weekend just after the ACLU filed its lawsuit against the NSA. Strange that the network is now running it again when the network believed that Michael Hayden, recent NSA Chief, would still be up for confirmation as CIA Chief. But the joke’s on ABC programmers with an obvious political agenda. Today, Hayden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 78-15.
As I wrote, the last time ABC ran this movie–circa ACLU NSA lawsuit:
The movie’s posters say, “It’s not paranoia if they’re really after you.”
But . . . “Enemy of the State” was written and appeared in theaters in 1998, well before 9/11. ABC is still living–with that movie–in a pre-9/11 world. In that film, the enemies were villains in the NSA.
Today’s real enemies are Islamic terrorists that want to destroy us. Almost 5 years after 9/11, ABC has forgotten.
“American” Broadcasting Company? Not really.
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