I Knew I Liked “24″

by Ryan on February 9, 2007

in Politics

Joel Surnow, the co-creator and executive producer of the totally awesome Fox TV show 24 is a neat guy.  Aside from being an integral part of a spectacular show deep into its sixth hit season, he’s a conservative, too!  Here are some points from this article in the New Yorker:

  • On Ronald the Great: He loved Ronald Reagan’s “strength”  He also added that he “can hardly think of him without breaking into tears.”
  • On Clinton: “He was the yuppie, baby-boomer narcissist that all of Hollywood related to.”
  • He supported Rick Santorum last year with a $2000 donation.
  • He is a good friend of Rush Limbaugh and has entertained the idea spawned by his friendship with Ann Coulter to do a pro-McCarthy response piece on Good Night and Good Luck.
  • On liberals: “My feeling is that liberals’ ideas are wrong.”
  • His favorite bumper sticker: “Except for ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism & Communism, War has Never Solved Anything.”

Though he’s got some odd quirks and is an isolationist on foreign policy, I think I like this guy, especially since liberal groups all over the country are screaming that the show somehow romanticizes torture blah blah blah.  My take is that if it didn’t hit a nerve, it wouldn’t be so popular.

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Sal February 9, 2007 at 8:59 pm

I love 24 just because it’s a great show. The twists and the fact that nothing (and no one) is safe, along with the unique clock-based storyline make for very compelling television. But I also love the fact that the show tackles issues that no other show will tackle on terrorism, what it takes to fight and win the war, but also the human toll of such a war. War is hell, it’s not glamorous, people you care about can die, and sometimes difficult choices must be made by those fighting to protect our nation. 24 captures all of that. The fact that the show is “conservative-friendly” is a welcome bonus, and I’m glad to see that Joel Surnow is a true conservative.


Chris February 9, 2007 at 9:12 pm

This season, 24 has returned to a “back-to-basics” story line showing the viewer who hates America, who is attempting to attack America and what needs to be done to win. There is absolutely no white-washing or “pc-ing” of the events taking place, as had been done in the movie “The Sum of All Fears” (if I were Tom Clancy, I’d be ticked). The show, especially this season, has gotten people talking and hopefully, it will act as a tool to help people come around in understanding what really needs to be done to win the War on Terror.

A noteworthy consultant working on the writing team for “24″ this season is Vince Flynn, which will definitely make for a more interesting season. Two hour airing next Monday!


Ryan February 10, 2007 at 10:19 am

During a scholarly workshop I attended in December, I heard a lecture on espionage from an ex-CIA spy focusing on the Mideast and East Germany. He loves 24 also, and had many critical things to say about our pc attitude towards our enemy. His point was that torture should never be taken off the table. Why are the Israelis so feared by their enemies? Because they don’t mess around! The mere threat of extreme interogation tactics tends to do the job according to that PhD. That’s why US human intelligence is so bad– we cannot be coercive in ways that will intimidate anyone to talk.


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