Friday, September 23, 2005

Woman President: "Fictional, yet real"

[Note: Link above may be no good quickly... sorry]


Screening & Discussion with Members of the Commander Writing Team, Eleanor Clift, Gwen Ifil, Helen Thomas, and President of The White House Project

Tonight, Thursday, September 22nd, The White House Project and ABC will host a private advance screening of Commander in Chief, the first primetime television program starring a woman president. Following the screening, notable journalists and members of the Commander in Chief crew will take part in a discussion moderated by Marie C. Wilson, President of The White House Project.

Honestly, I have no particular interest in the story, the show, or the discussion itself. Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) agrees with Bill Quick (Daily Pundit) about this, as well.
Yes. I'll be on pins and needles waiting to watch a tv series about a woman President written by Eleanor Clift, Gwen Ifill, and Helen Freaking Thomas.

How about a series about a President who actually has brains and leadership qualities, written by Jonah Goldberg, Roger Simon and, well, me?

UPDATE: You know, that's not all that bad an idea. Hey, Roger, Jonah. I give great pitch, and Roger, you've got the track record (although I am produced). Want to try to put something together for Fox?
I'd watch that.
What I do care about, however, are the interesting lines that follow:
The premier event comes a week after The House Project released a Roper Public Affairs Poll that found nearly 80% of Americans feel comfortable with a woman President of the United States. "These poll numbers demonstrate America's increasing comfort with a female commander in chief. While ABC's show is fiction, the message from this poll is real -- American voters recognize the strength and value of women's leadership in the highest of offices," said Marie C. Wilson. The same poll also found widespread support for female leadership roles including the Vice Presidency and the Supreme Court.
Though in this case, it does make some sense, I (much like Best of the Web and others) cannot get over this "fake but accurate" or "fictional yet real" mentality: That somehow, it doesn't matter if something is false or fiction; as long as the message it sends across could be true or real, it's an important one that is worth wasting hours of airtime over.

I wish the best of luck to ABC that their show be a smashing success, assuming it's any good. Just please, spare me the political rhetoric that it's supposed to send.

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