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Huffington Post, "24" and Christmas

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:29 am
by TerryS
Huffington Post posted a promotional video called
"A "24" Christmas: Jack Bauer Tortures Santa Claus".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/1 ... 95892.html

In it, Santa Claus has been apprehended by the CIA,
and Jack Bauer is sent in to torture and interrogate
him. Of course, almost everyone is going to click
on the video to see if Jack Bauer really does torture
Santa Claus.

And, of course, Jack Bauer does not end up torturing
Santa Claus. Torturing Santa Claus would make Jack
Bauer and "24" look really bad. And torturing Santa
Claus would take away from a central message of "24",
which is that good people are rarely tortured by
"the good guys", instead it is almost always only
truly evil criminals who are ever tortured by
"the good guys".

Anyway, I was truly disgusted by this video, and
by Huffington Post's willingness to promote this
video, so here is the comment that I attempted to post:
The morally bankrupt Keifer Sutherland makes over 10 million
dollars a year promoting torture.

I assume that Huffington Post is against torture, and
is against the promotion of torture. So why post a video
that promotes the horrible show "24"?

A couple of things about this video:

1. This video takes a lighthearted view of torture.
I'm sure victims of torture must find this video
hilarious.

2. In this video, Keifer Sutherland (playing Jack Bauer)
doesn't actually torture Santa Claus. The message
being that only bad people get the torture treatment.

This is a truly disgusting... and just gives cover to
those who feel that as long as they personally don't
support torture, that it is ok to support a show that
very effectively promotes torture.

"If torture isn't evil, then there is
no such thing as evil"
Note, Huffington Post is well within their rights
to moderate comments, and they should moderate
comments to keep out spam and offensive comments.
Their comment moderator decided that my comment
(posted early on December 19th) was too offensive
to allow.

What don't understand, is why a site like "Huffington
Post" which has come out strongly against torture,
is so willing to promote and defend pro-torture
propaganda such as "24".

For more on how TV promotes torture see:

http://www.tvsmarter.com/documents/torture.html

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