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February 3, 2008

Stick a Fork in 24

Given the epidemic of moonbattery, is a right-leaning network TV series even possible? The fate of Fox's "24" suggests the answer is no.

It was bad enough that the show's producers pandered to the Hamas front group CAIR, even agreeing to distribute its propaganda, that hero Jack Bauer's father is played by barking moonbat James Cromwell, and that last season the audience dropped by a third, presumably due to the lameness of the storyline. Then we were told that next season, the plot will entail combating the phony climate change crisis, and the cast will include shrill leftist Janeane Garofalo. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the situation is even worse than we knew.

In a time when even presidential candidates denounce waterboarding to save American lives as "torture," Jack's harsh tactics have fallen into disfavor. As a result, producer Howard Gordon, who calls himself a "left-leaning centrist," is trying to reinvent the show. Options have included having Jack "atone for his sins" by tending orphans in Africa and making him the villain. It looks like they've settled on scrapping the Counter Terrorist Unit and having Jack go to Washington to address accusations that he was too mean to the terrorists. Gordon explains:

At the beginning, when everybody's fear was more acute, people's tolerance for violence, their own rage, seemed to make Jack's tactics more acceptable. But in the wake of our own abuses in prosecuting this so-called War on Terror, we feel Jack is getting a bum rap. So instead of selling out the entire show and its history and its legacy and apologizing for it and ultimately invalidating it, we decided to defend it.

That is, it's not Jack's fault, it's America's fault for buying into this whole "so-called War on Terror," which is behind us now that we've managed to forget 9/11. Evidently "left-leaning centrist" means moonbat in the case of Howard Gordon.


Bye, Jack. You'll be missed.

On a tip from Varla.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 3, 2008 12:38 PM


It's amazing just how fast "24" has gone down the drain. Last season could best be described as "incoherent."

Posted by: Texan at February 3, 2008 12:52 PM


Posted by: bill-tb at February 3, 2008 1:49 PM

I second 'Done'

Better stuff on the Military Channel.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 3, 2008 2:19 PM

I happen to be a fan of Janeane Garofalo, and she has also expressed concern with her role on the show, but also pointing out, "I'm not playing myself." So, with that said: relax. Also, Kiefer Sutherland is active in the Canadian New Democratic Party, which is very progressive and "leftist", so he's just as liberal as Garofalo. What's the rub, then?

Posted by: Relaaaaaaax at February 3, 2008 2:41 PM

Yeah, Kiefer is just a chip off of the old political block of Donald.

Again, just because you get paid to act does not mean that you have any brains.

Posted by: Oiao at February 3, 2008 4:27 PM

By the way, because of the writer's strike, we're doing a comic strip version of '24' at blogs4bauer.

Posted by: V the K at February 3, 2008 5:37 PM

24 really went downhill last season and if the latest on the new 8 episode season is actually true, then they may as well cancel it.

At least LOST and JERICHO are still on. Though LOST isnt as good as it was back in Season 1 and 2, its gotten better lately. If 24 gets cancelled, send Kiefer over to JERICHO to hook up with CIA agent Robert Hawkins. It would be cool to see Hawkins team up with Bauer and blow the bomb plotters into the middle of next week.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 3, 2008 6:01 PM

Don't expect anything good from Jericho, why do you think Gerald McRainey is gone from the show?

Posted by: TBinSTL at February 4, 2008 12:44 AM

You people might actaully learn something if you got off your lazy asses and actually read something instead of watching mind-numbing TV.

Stop worrying what celebrites think about world affairs. It dosen't matter.

Posted by: hashfanaticFAN at February 4, 2008 1:44 AM

Snobs are not only obnoxious, they're boring. There's nothing about printed material that makes it inherently better than television. People magazine, the New York Times, and most of the selections from Oprah's book club will rot your mind just as effectively as Entertainment Tonight or Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

There's some good stuff on the History and Discovery channels. 'The Universe' is an entertaining series, even if most of it is stuff I knew already. History and Discovery do well when their shows cover engineering and technology, but their history and science programs tend toward PC mushiness.

And there ought to be room in a well-balanced life for escapist entertainment like 'Prison Break' 'Stargate Atlantis' and 'LOST.' 'LOST' especially has some very strong literary and philosophical underpinnings, as you would expect with a show whose main characters sport names like Locke, Rousseau, Hieronymous, Bakunin, and Faraday. (And the woman waiting for Desmond to return is named Penelope. How cool is that?)

I've found one has a richer life by not being a snob about things.

Posted by: V the K at February 4, 2008 5:09 AM


Your life is poor. you just don't know it.

TV rots your brain. There IS something INHERENTLY better about reading than viewing.

Particularly given the fact that the mainstream NEWS media is shallow crap that doesn't actually provide any news at all.

You have to dig a little deeper if you want to learn anything.

But that's ok, you keep staring at that tube.

Oh, and you are a coward and a weasel.

Posted by: hashfanaticFAN at February 4, 2008 5:34 AM

You are truly clueless hashfan. I don't know either of you, but I would have to say, based on the posts I read here, V is way out of your league both intellectually and morally. What makes for rich life is something you seem yet to have learned. Grounding your opinions in dogma and demeaning arguments you disagree with by attacking anything but the substance contributes nothing to the discussion. You apparently read a lot, but maybe you should try branching out your sources a little.

Posted by: Beef at February 4, 2008 8:43 AM

Aw, thanks Beef. That's swell of you.

Posted by: V the K at February 4, 2008 12:15 PM

"Stop worrying what celebrites think about world affairs. It dosen't matter."

HASH is stealing from CONSERVATIVE posts again!
Numbskull, CONSERVATIVES have been saying that for YEARS!

Posted by: KHarn at February 4, 2008 1:52 PM

so why so many posts discussing what celebrities think, Kharn?

Posted by: hashfanaticFAN at February 5, 2008 3:15 AM

so why so many posts discussing what celebrities think, Kharn?

Posted by: hashfanaticFAN at February 5, 2008 3:15 AM