March 11, 2004

The Re-Election Will Be Televised

A Hollywood producer says he is set to air a new hybrid reality-fiction TV show glorifying the Department of Homeland Security and President Bush’s counterterrorism efforts this fall, just before the presidential election. […]

The series became an instant conversation topic in Washington yesterday after an E! Online report quoted producers as saying the show had been endorsed by Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, both of whom “contributed sound bites” and offered high-level access extending to the White House itself. […]

Medawar — whose production credits include the 1992 Stephen King film “Sleepwalkers” and 1986’s “Hardbodies 2” — dismissed any suggestion that the show has a political agenda, but said he is a staunch Bush supporter. “I think he’s a great man, and he’s done an unbelievable job for our country. He’s a man of faith. He believes in God.”

One poster for the series uses a picture of Bush and his Cabinet members with their heads bowed in prayer. Medawar said Christianity will be a central element of the show […]

Homeland security meets home theater (Boston.com)

How about a reality show on all the investigations into the Bush administration missteps? To make it clear, I have no problem with any television program having religious content (why would I? Religion and religious references are pervasive on TV in one form or another. Even if you wanted to avoid them, you couldn’t). What amazes me about this show is how blatant the motivation is. Terrorist fighters as good christian soldiers? Are we going to have Bush in the opening credits telling us we’re on a crusade? (Thanks, Jules for sending this along)

Posted by James at March 11, 2004 11:09 AM
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