May 12, 2009, - 2:02 pm

Innocent Muslims “Framed” . . . Again: Remind Me Again Why Conservatives Idolize This Show

By Debbie Schlussel
I haven’t watched the stale, sagging FOX show, “24,” in ages. It gets tiresome to watch so many Muslims as either terrorists who are ultimately puppets for the evil White man or completely innocent and framed.
And that’s why the show long ago hit the wall and jumped the shark. I believe it started with Kiefer Sutherland’s monkey-like performance of the apology to Muslims (extracted by CAIR and MPAC) before one “24” episode. This “repentance” act was the beginning of the end. I’ve been critical of this on “24” for a while, and have had sort of a running friendly debate with Rush Limbaugh about it, which he touched on when one of my readers/his listeners e-mailed him about it.

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“PC 24” by David Lunde/Lundesigns

Again, though, I haven’t watched the show in like forever, for this very reason. I see enough propaganda when I review movies. A person can only take so much. I choose to opt out when it comes to this dying, now-irrelevant show. The show is so desperate to avoid Muslims as the real terrorists, it even made agent Jack Bauer’s dad and brother the terrorists and, this season, brought a Hispanic man back from the dead to be the TV Bin Laden of our day.
But, last night, as serendipity would have it, I accidentally landed on FOX. And guess what? More of the same. An innocent pair of Muslims–one of ’em was named “Jibran Alzarian”–were once again framed by an evil White (well, in this case it was a Hispanic) man. The were totally ignorant of the plot at hand and the bomb wasn’t theirs, but the evil tighty Whities knew it would make it easy to frame them as terrorists because the rest of us evil big, bad Whities would eagerly believe it. And, of course, in the end the liberal fashion-designer-head-butter drunk-driver Kiefer Sutherland is there to save the day and show us that these Muslims are just poor innocent people.
So, remind me again why you watch this G-d-awful show. Remind me again why most of the right keeps praising this piece of excrement, just ‘cuz a self-described conservative, Joel Surnow, is the executive producer. Why is this stuff worthy of our criticism when, say, Mark Cuban, or Brian DePalma, produces it, or when Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon star in it . . . but not when a “conservative” who hobnobs at Heritage Foundation events is making it?
Please explain it to me. ‘Cuz the only answer can be that perhaps these people are starstruck that a Hollywood producer actually claims he agrees with them . . . but does otherwise on TV to make his bread and butter, or perhaps he gives a good chunk of that bread and butter in donations to them.
I don’t know what the reason is. But Joel Surnow and others from “24” remain the toast of the town in the conservative half of Washington and movement politics, whether it’s at the Heritage Foundation (which gets a good deal of funding from Arab Muslim sources procured for it by friend and pan-Muslim Grover Norquist) or the David Horowitz Freedom Center/Center for the Study of Popular Culture, which regularly features Surnow on its anti-Hollywood Hollywood panels and forums.
Don’t believe the hype. If the “24” people can’t do the right thing on-screen, who gives a damn what they say or do off of it?
Certainly not me. I’m more interested in the latest recounting of why liberal Canadian Sutherland found it necessary to headbutt a gay fashion designer and how much more time he’ll do in jail for that.
For me, Jack Bauer died a long time ago. Rest In Peace.

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From the little that i’ve heard, some conservatives aren’t too happy either

mindy1 on May 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I blame Grover Norquist and his ilk for trying to brand muslims “conservatives” in this nation and around the world in media and pop culture while pushing the meme muslims belong in a Republican tent since their people have been duped by the dictators and they are peaceful nationalists. barf

FeFe on May 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I’m almost afraid to answer this, but here goes…
I watch 24, because I cannot stomach much of anything else on TV. Believe me, I know about the whole “white washing” of the bad guys in Hollywood. (I do read your blog multiple times a day, after all. ­čÖé ) As a meteorologist (Iowa State ’97), I have to change the channel when the actors do those insipid PSAs for global warming come on. I know that 99% of the people on that show are huge liberals. Although, a couple of people on the cast have been extraordinarily generous to some relatives of mine. But that’s another post…
That being said, it is an escapist fantasy for me and other members of my family. I would love to be an analyst like Chloe, or have some of those skills. (I recognize that I am romanticizing life in the FBI, CIA, NSA, but I don’t care.) I love seeing the character of Janice get the smack down from Chloe and Jack. The almost psychic connection that Jack and Chloe have is really cool to watch. Plus, I love some of the one liners.
For example:
Imam says in the truck, “I forgive you.”
Jack retorts, “I didn’t ask for your forgiveness!”
I loved shows like MacGyver and Knight Rider when I was younger. 24 is just an extension of that. I tried watching Sleeper Cell. Couldn’t do it–too many nightmares. Flight 93 was definitely out for the same reason.
I know 24 has a whole lot of problems. I just like to escape for that hour each week. That is all.

cirrus1701 on May 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Good grief Debbie…overstatement much.
24 is – not – a conservative show! No conservative thinks so. We like it because it is a show that at least allows a conservative viewpoint to come through and does not take a big pile of crap on it. It is a show that depicts both good and bad on both sides and does not tow the line to the left or right. At its best, 24 is like real life (in an ideological sense, I mean) in that neither right nor left are always 100 per cent good or evil. 24 allows both sides to come through which is why it has fans on both sides.
Jack Bauer is clearly meant to skew right and many times he comes up against the same beauracracy that the right rails against. For right wing viewers, it is cathartic.
To compare the depiction of the military in 24 with the depiction of it in Redacted is to be so far off base that I now see your column (which I only recently discovered) in a bad light.
Do you know anything about how Hollywood works? It is about give and take from a conservative perspective. 24 cannot be a full on right wing show because it also has many leftists working on it. It is a true compromise and a better show for it.
Again…do you know anything about how Hollywood is run?
This column would suggest a resounding “non”!.
It’s all right for you to gripe from the safety of a column…very different for a conservative trying to negotiate something creative in Hollywood.

Nicol D on May 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I am still waiting for Kiefer Sutherland to fulfill his PSA about global warming. In it he blames breathing for releasing carbon dioxide and that we should reduce that. So come on Kiefer, set the example and lead the way. If enough of these loons follow we will be saved.

ender on May 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I’ve never watched 1 minute of this show from the time it first aired.
I don’t waste my time with this type of show.
I watch the History Channel,The Discovery Channel,AMC,TCM or the SciFi Channel.

ebayer on May 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I’m with you, Debbie.
When I read that 24 had a new Liberal writer and he was thinking about having Jack (as in JackSh*t)go to Africa to do repentence for his “torturing” bad guys by building houses for poor Africans, I almost threw the computer out. But my husband saw a preview and said it looked pretty good.
Yes, we watched it for a couple of weeks but that’s all we could take. Bottom line is the rightwing white man is at the bottom of all the baaad in the world. G-d help us all from the military contractor! Arrgghhh! They’re going to Gas Us All, out misplaced patriotism! I peek out my drapes in the early hours waiting for a man in American military clothes who might be coming to my home to slaughter my family – he might even rape the parakeet. ;-(
I’m not worried about American soldiers. I’m worried about the leftwing assholes running the country who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground (as my dad used to say) sh*t from shine-ola. Our government is kissing the enemies dirty, Jew-hating asses and handing them Israel as a parting gift.
I refuse to spend one minute watching that puke,AintJackSh*t Bauer and 24..

Kemaste on May 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I thought Surnow left the show!
I just stopped watching this season because you kinda have a feeling how it is going to end – Jack back at the Senate Hearing condemning everything he did in saving all those lives over the last six seasons.

bettysue8 on May 13, 2009 at 1:03 am

As Australian, let me just say that shows like this hurt America.
Too right. In ├ČObamaganda? 24 Reasons to question Fox’s ’24’ ├« (over at Intellectual Conservative) I listed the reasons why I believe the show is anti-American. You can add those to my list.
Americans need a wakeup call Debbie and I├şm glad they have you.

BPT on May 13, 2009 at 1:36 am

Look Debbie…yes it’s full of many liberal ideologies and liberal innuendos. ALL TV shows have it. We cannot avoid it. At least 24 has more conservative views than any other show. Except maybe CSI Miami. Now the Joel Surnow thing. I don’t know, I thought he was a Con. I mean he’s a bud of Rush. And I know Rush has said something to the fact about his Conservatism. As far as the show, Surnow has to put all this lib BS to appease the gods??? I don’t know and I don’t care. This show is awesome. It’s the best thing on TV. Now I’m a Con. And I don’t worship the show…I enjoy the show. One last thing…. before you set out and begin to watch a TV show…you must do ONE thing, suspend reality! It’s entertainment, not real life. Of course it’s one of those Reality Shows. So don’t fret it girl, people are just looking for an out, a venting of a some kind. Besides, we Con’s LOVE seeing bad guys get shot dead. Remember, we’re extremists.

knuckles on May 13, 2009 at 2:18 am

I quit watching after the first season.
Hollywood won’t take the chance on “hurting moslem feelings”.
They sure don’t mind bashing middle America, and believers in a Biblical God.

interestinconundrum on May 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

I actually watched about 24 minutes of this show. The very first episode when his daughter is kidnapped and escapes 3 times in the first 20 minutes was all I could take. You would think that with this kind of format you could actually do something and not just be stupid. It was obvious time filler, so switched the channel and never went back.

ender on May 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

At the end of season finale Jack Bauer converted to islam.

justsaying on May 20, 2009 at 8:12 am

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