Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 15 Posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1246 times:
I only watched the first sven minutes or so of this overrated and pretentous tripe, but I agree with the comments of Tom Shales, T.V. critic for the Washington Post:
"Where do we turn when we want lessons in morality, political science and human relations? Why, to Hollywood, of course! Or so some of that tinselly town's more pretentious armchair philosophers seem to think . . . (producer Adam) Sorkin apparently felt America was waiting to hear what he, and the show's faux president, played by Martin Sheen, had to say about (the 9/11) tragedy . . .
No network TV series takes itself more seriously than "The West Wing" does, but even by its own standards, the episode, called "Issac and Ishmael," came across as pretentious and pietistic hubris . . .
the main thrust of the episode was summarized (with the) line: "Bad people can't be recognized on sight. There's no point in trying." What if ther're carrying guns and have bombs strapped to each limb? That wasn't asked or answered . . .
The attention given (discrimination against Arab Americans and against people who even just look Arab) by the "West Wing" episode, as well as by some talk show hosts and newscasts, seems to suggest that it's the major issue arising out of the attacks . . .
It is fair to note that in April, Sorkin was arrested at Burbank airport and charged with two felony counts of drug posession when cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and pot were found in his carry-on bag.
This would seem to have some bearing on his status as moral arbiter for the nation . . .
The implications are unsettling -- that even in this moment of pain, trauma, heartbreak, destruction, assualt and victimization, Hollywood liberals find some excuse to make America look guilty. For what's it's worth, that's crap."
(it should be noted that Shales is a liberal who regularly bashs Bush, even after the 9/11 attacks.)
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