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"West Wing" Episode 10/3

Sat Oct 06, 2001 3:45 am

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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RE: "West Wing" Episode 10/3

Sat Oct 06, 2001 7:58 am

I admit it. I watched it. I always watch The West Wing.

While I agree, many of the points it made were quite...off, other parts were ok. Ok, fine.. about 5 minutes of it was ok. I thought the First Lady had a good part (part of it).

Bottom line: the show made a few good points, but those were much outweighed by the other crap.

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RE: "West Wing" Episode 10/3

Sat Oct 06, 2001 8:29 am

You are aware that it was both shot and written before the 091101 attacks, it was just a coincidence, a'ight?

peace out (BTW, I love West Wing),

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RE: "West Wing" Episode 10/3

Sat Oct 06, 2001 9:49 am

Umm... what the hell are you talking about?

From what the previews said, Aaron Sorkin wrote it after the attacks and it was taped just recently. And I have no reason to doubt it-- it made many references to THE attack.

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RE: "West Wing" Episode 10/3

Sat Oct 06, 2001 10:28 am

I also love the West Wing, but get a little tired of the left-wing/liberal moralizing by Martin Sheen on & off screen.
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RE: "West Wing" Episode 10/3

Sat Oct 06, 2001 3:23 pm

Yeah I do too... I certainly don't watch it for the leftist message. I like it for the behind-the-scenes look at the White House, which I think it does well (good enough for me...).

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