January 23, 2006, - 11:41 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Is it just me . . . or do you notice that ABC picks “coincidental” times to run certain programming?
When Stanley Tookie Williams was making his last pleas for clemency from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, I noted that ABC played extensive trailers for the then-yet-to-debut “Injustice,” and an episode about an innocent Black man wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder and fighting to prove it on the eve of execution. The episode wasn’t “Injustice”‘s debut episode. But ABC chose to run the lengthy trailers for a reason. His name was Tookie.
This weekend, ABC’s fictional programming took a similar turn, regarding the NSA’s wiretapping to stop terrorist plots. On Saturday Night, ABC ran the PRE-9/11 movie, “Enemy of the State“, about the NSA illegally wiretapping Americans. Interesting timing, given that the ACLU just filed a lawsuit against the NSA over its wiretapping, just last Monday. As the French might say, “Quelle coincidence!” (What a coincidence!)
But in the movie, the “evil” NSA doesn’t just wiretap. NSA officials, run amok with unlimited power to spy on Americans, murder a Republican Senator who won’t vote for expanded surveillance and wiretapping authority. They murder an environmental expert who accidentally tapes the incident. They murder an innocent woman working as a crack detective for a labor lawyer (played by Will Smith), who accidentally gets the tape. (The lawyer’s wife is an ACLU lawyer. Another coincidence?) They try to murder the lawyer and turn his life upside down.
In the end, all the evil NSA employees are killed or prosecuted. And expanded wiretapping is tabled. The movie’s posters say, “It’s not paranoia if they’re really after you.”
But, as I wrote above, “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. In today’s REAL world, the enemies are plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit filed against the NSA. They are not nice, innocent Will Smith-esque labor lawyers and Lisa Bonet-style girl Fridays. As I detailed here, they are lying lawyers and admitted funders of Hezbollah.
Incidentally, the same year “Enemy” was released, the movie, “The Siege” also hit the silver screen. Its premise–that Arab Muslim terror cells are in America and would actually blow up buildings in New York–was protested by Arabs and Muslims across America (even though the movie was overly sympathetic to them, not America) because that would NEVER happen. But you don’t see ABC broadcasting that movie, also a box office hit (like “Enemy”).
And you never will. That’s not the political message ABC wants to take with its deliberate choice of programming. (Don’t forget the pro-Hillary “Commander in Chief“–with ratings in the toilet now that liberal hype for the show has died down.)
Remember that, the next time you make a deliberate programming choice with your remote control. No-one’s telling you to boycott ABC’s Superbowl telecast. That would be unAmerican.
But, as for the rest of ABC’s choices, send the network a message that you’re tired of ABC playing politics. Besides, “The Bachelor” is just awful.
(To protect our interests as U.S. citizens and intervene in its lawsuit against the NSA, go here.)
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