Sunday, February 4, 2007

Memo to Olbermann: Are You Going after Rome?

Tonight's superb 4th Episode in Rome Season 2 on HBO had lots of ugly, brutal torture - frankly not my favorite part of this magnificent series, but I suppose it's realistic.

But it also got me to wondering: will Keith Olbermann lambaste Rome for its torture on Countdown as he did week before last for 24? Will he devote a Special Comment or whatever he calls it to Rome? Will its producers by held up as one Olbermann's "Worst People in the World" as he did for 24?

If his concerns were really just about torture depicted on television, perhaps he would. But, somehow, I doubt it.

For Olbermann's antipathy to the torture depicted on 24 is not just about torture, but about his hatred of Fox.

And however justified that may or may not be, it has no business getting formulated into attacks on a television drama... and a good one at that.

Sure, 24 is a show about modern-day terrorism, and Rome is a show about the past. Torture in one is not the same as torture in another. But they are both tv dramas, and have more in common with each other than either does to the real world in which we live and Olbermann works.

Helpful links:

Keith Olbermann, Jack Bauer, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge my 20-min podcast about Olbermann's 1st attack on 24, with videoclips and other links

Olbermann's suspension of rationality about 24 my blog post on this issue

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