ABC – TV Show â€˜24â€™, Derided as â€˜Conservative Love-Festâ€™
By: Warner Todd Huston
ABCâ€™s Jake Tapper had an interesting — if not entirely dismissive — take on the recent panel discussion of the Fox TV series, 24 hosted by Radioâ€™s Rush Limbaugh.
Calling it a â€œlove-festâ€, Tapper was in the audience at the Heritage Foundationâ€™s 24 discussion panel and wrote about it on his ABC blog as well as doing an on-air report on Nightline (June 23rd) and an ABC News â€œwebcastâ€ report.
He seemed amazed at the interest the show has generated, but he was not as surprised by the general publicâ€™s reaction to the show as to that of a specific segment of that fan base.
â€œThe oddity of it all? It was the GOP power structure hosting the love-in.â€
What is this supposed to mean, anyway? Should the â€œGOP power structureâ€ not be allowed to like a TV show? Should they not be allowed to be a â€œfanâ€ of something like â€œnormalâ€ people might?
Tapper asks the actress that plays Chloe Oâ€™Brien, Mary Lynn Rajskub, a question that further explores how â€œoddâ€ Tapper feels it is that conservatives like the show.
â€œIs the fact that Washington D.C., that the power structure of this country so embraced your show disconcerting at all?â€
Being a good little Hollywood denizen, Rajskub says it is (She said it was â€œvery, very strangeâ€), but what would one expect her to say? She doesnâ€™t want to be thrown out of the Hollyweird club, after all!
His bemusement aside, the most outrageous thing that Tapper said in his on-air report revealed more of the typical â€œjournalistâ€ bias against conservatives.
â€œAt a time when conservatives are struggling to get the message out, the show beats their drumâ€
â€œStruggling to get the message outâ€, Mr. Tapper? Was 9/11 just some slick special effect from a TV show being used to pull the wool over the eyes of the public? What about the London bombing? Madrid? Kobar Towers, the first WTC attack â€¦ even the U.S.S. Cole attack?? Are these all just â€œmessagesâ€ that need to â€œget outâ€?
Tapper acts as if Conservatives are merely selling this â€œmessageâ€ of terrorism as one might a tube of toothpaste during a commercial break on 24. And, of course, we all realize he probably IS saying that this terrorism â€œthingâ€ is an overblown, demagoguery of the issues just to empower those evil Conservatives.
Does Tapper think terrorism is all smoke and mirrors? By his snide aside on TV, it would sure seem so.