You can't make this stuff up: someone is pitching a dramatic TV series a la The West Wing based on the inner workings of the Department of Home Security. The line between entertainment and propaganda, never that solid to begin with, has apparently been erased entirely post 9/11.The sad thing is that I have no doubt one of the networks will pick it up. The good thing is that unless it features sexy women in bikinis, wanna-be rock stars or big fat obnoxious dudes no one will watch it.
Bush Backs New Terrorism TV Series
by Jeffrey Jolson-Colburn, E! News, 2/26/04
George W. Bush is apparently giving the White House seal of approval to a television series, D.H.S.--The Series, a drama about the Department of Home Security being introduced Thursday night to prospective networks at an Industry gathering. President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge both "endorse and contribute sound bites to the introductions of the series," according to the show's producers. Though the series' theme relates to the President's agenda on national security and international terrorism, it is virtually unprecedented for the White House to endorse such a fictional representation.