Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Going DaySide

Today was a great episode of Linda Vester's DaySide, which airs on Fox News Channel. First, I learned about an interesting book that's coming out (today, I think) called Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington, by Paul Sperry. It sounded very interesting.

Then there was a discussion on 24, the Fox show that has had pressure from some Muslim groups. To discuss it, she had on a guy from MPAC (visit Daniel Pipes to see what bad news they are) and 24 actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Dina Araz, mother of the sleeper cell family. This was a great discussion. Aghdashloo was raised as a moderate Muslim. She grew up being told that no Muslim is to commit suicide. For anyone who wants to believe the best of Islam, they should have this lady front and center -- and many more like her.

MPAC guy said he had a problem with the show, that he feels it's guilty of negligently bolstering hate mongering. Aghdashloo disagreed with this and made an interesting argument. She compared the show to our fascination with James Bond, whose stories were often based on a real event -- the Cold War. Art is inspired by what's really going on. 24 is basically doing that. Aghdashloo added that all societies have good and bad individuals. This is no different, and therefore she has no problem with how <24> has portrayed Muslims. Take that MPAC man!


At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Aghdashloo also played the Iranian military officer's wife in "House of Sand and Fog." She's a fine actor. . . . I just started following "24" this season and I'm hooked. It's like a Tom Clancy soap opera, at times, but it is gripping and well produced. FOX was taking a lot of heat for its portrayal of Muslims in a negative light (as -- ohmygosh! -- terrorists), so they introduced two positive Arab/Muslim characters last night.

If Islamicists are concerned with their image in America, they should stop blowing themselves up around the world and flying planes into buildings here in the United States. Their P.R. department is not very savvy.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Yeah, one problem with Islam is that it is utterly impervious to sense and logic, and it insists on supremacy. Judaism and Christianity have outgrown this puerile, insecure mind-set.

jonathan: Islamists are concerned with apologizing for the ideology which compels people to murder in God's name, and unfortunately they are meeting with not a small amount of success.

Also, 24 has gone to extraordinary lengths to play down the real link between Islam and terror. No other groups featured on the other three seasons have gotten so strident and melodramatic as groups like MPAC, MSA, CAIR, ICNA, et al have about their portrayal. Islamosupremacy.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"MPAC guy said he had a problem with the show, that he feels it's guilty of negligently bolstering hate mongering. "

That is becoming the standard line. I heard a guy from MPAC on the o'Rielly show today. This group is not convincing. His word was 'Scaremongering".

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Esther said...

She's in HoSaF? Cool. Now I have even more reason to watch it. I like her work a lot. Thanks j. And amen to your second paragraph.

patrick -- you're right about that. they've never worked so hard to play down the opposition in past seasons.

really gindy....very interesting!

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

Drat! One of the few days I didn't scan FN'C's schedule and they actually had something of interest ... ;)

Jack Bauer's kill/episode ratio needs to increase a tad ... Kiefer more than "makes up" for his "putz" of a father.

I feel bad that "President Parker" is now relegated to "Allstate Swoop and Squat" commercials ... :)

I won't type that Linda Vester is HOT! due to the sexist implications ... :)

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Sergant....if you won't I will..Linda is a grade "A" hottie.....Hell, most of the women on Fox are..even Rita Cosby is attractive.

Anyway, I haven't had a chance to sit down and watch "24"..But I do know every chance someone from that show get's..they say something to the effect that, this is not how most muslims act.

Most Muslims??...Give me a break..since 9/11 you can count on one hand how many have come out and comdend what they did..Am I not correct??...Secondly, they still think it's 1489 in their faith....

One thing I have nerver gotten about Muslim men, is why do they want their wives to walk behind them??...I think that's goofy, I'd rather..A. be walking hand and hand..or B.Walk a step or two infront of me so I can watch her wiggle.

Anyway, Esther, sweetie, Tell Mr. Esther that again I am sorry for my "playfull" comment. It was only in fun

Regular Ron

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

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At 9:30 AM, Blogger Esther said...

You boys just crack me up. Rita Cosby?!?! I understand Laurie, Dari...even Vester to a point but Rita? LOL!

rr -- no worries. It made laugh. :)

SA -- the former president will be coming back later in the season -- and I can't wait!

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

Thanks, RR! It needed to be typed ...

Esther said ... "the former president will be coming back later in the season -- and I can't wait!"
Right On! I enjoy Dennis Haysbert's work in 24...

re: Rita Cosby

I'm sorry but "I can't get behind Rita!" It was once stated that "Fat Bottomed Girls Make the World Go Round ..." but Rita pushes the envelope! (IMHO) She reminds me of a "high school gossip" when she "retorts" and nearly makes me want to gag ... Oh, yes! gagging maggots is what Rita does in my humble estimation ...

Now, Laurie Dhue ... hubba hubba!

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

I said attractive...come on guys....Ok so I like her eyes, (not going to get into what I'm thinking right now)...And yes Fat bottom girls do make the world go around....Make the world go around at closing time at a bar and no other gal is around....HA HA HA !!!

Ok that was mean...It was a joke...I've been in one "fiesty" mood of late

Regular Ron


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