[percy-l] The West Wing's comment on Biblical contradictions

Mike Frentz mfrentz at bbn.com
Fri Aug 15 09:26:28 EDT 2003

I'll have to sit this one out, there's enough left wing fiction in the 
newspapers that I've never felt compelled to also watch it on TV.


At 08:57 AM 8/15/2003 -0400, you wrote:

>Jim, et al -
>     Might be fun to kick around the question: What would WP think about West
>Wing? I'll volunteer to go first.
>     I don't think WP would have liked Bartlett, Toby, Josh, et al any better
>than he liked Hawkeye and Trapper John ("Thanatos," page 337 - Farrar Straus
>edition). Talk about your sin of pride. The puffed up little roosters in this
>program seem to think that everything in the universe - including the 
>of the stars - is determined by what they do. And they want to micromanage
>everything. (Challenge: Name three aspects of daily life the characters on 
>Wing haven't at one time or other talked about passing legislation to 
>OK, name one.) The program promotes a form of secular humanism - the
>particularly vacuous Hollywood branch - all directed out of Washington. 
>Walker was a
>political liberal for a good deal of his life, but not this branch.
>      Thanks to a life devoted to avoiding legitimate work, I've put in
>considerable time working in and around politics. It don't work the way 
>it's shown
>on the program. I'm sure other folks like me, who've actually worked in
>politics, laugh at the show the same way cops laugh at cop shows.
>      I guess the show can be justified as entertainment, if viewers realize
>that's what it is. LW gives us some snappy and funny lines, and Donna's
>sweaters have something to be said for them. But beyond that, it's a dead 
>bang waste
>of an hour for me.
>-- Larry
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