Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

'24': Television for a Post-9/11 World

My new column at SFGate:

'24': Television for a Post-9/11 World

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peaceful Muslims in America should be offended by 24's portrayal of an Arab sleeper cell family. True- Arab Muslims are not the only "terrorists" shown on the show, but at the same time there have been plenty of hate crimes committed, police and federal profiling of Arab Muslims (let alone Muslims in general)under the influence of such stereotyping! Not to mention none of these sort of shows ever dig deeper into the issue of terrorism to understand "why" people would go through such lengths to do harm to others! I know that might be a radical thought, but if we're not trying to get to the root cause of a problem; then aren't we just entertaining it on some level??

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been (trying not to)Listen to this windbag now for a couple of years. Cinnamon or what ever poisonous spice she maybe, is so off the mark everytime. This wack use to defend this rapacious president and goons on their global warming and Iraq. Where is she now? Ditz.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 9:05:00 PM  
Blogger Lew Waters said...

Anonymous, while the majority of Muslims do live in peace, too many are silent when it comes to exposing fellow Muslims plotting terrorist acts.

There are currently some 10,000 Arab and Muslims in our Military, some having made the ultimate sacrifice. That doesn't change the fact of others not taking a stand to purge their religion of those who highjacked it.

Perhaps it is because the daily lamestream media doesn't cover them. If so, why not? They are the ones crying about Muslims being mistreated.

Lastly, if you dislike Cinamon's columns so much, simply change the channel. Err America is getting bailed out, sans Franken, so there are alternatives. There is always NPR, also.

Second lastly, if you really wish to seek the "root cause," may I suggest the book "The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11" by Dinesh D'Souza for a start.

Incidentally, global warming is a natural phenomena.

Thursday, February 01, 2007 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan. 24, 2007, 9:04AM
A Heroes welcome
NBC show edges out 24 on Fox, CBS comedy combo in Monday matchup


By MIKE McDANIEL
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Confounding oddsmakers but delighting the networks, NBC's Heroes won Round 1 of a ratings showdown between network heavyweights, edging past Fox's 24 to draw the largest audience, ages 18-49, during the 8 p.m. hour Monday.

According to overnight 18-49 ratings, Heroes finished first with a 6.5 rating, followed by 24's 5.4. The CBS combo of Two and a Half Men and The New Adventures of Old Christine was third with a 4.5.

In total viewers, the contest was much closer, with NBC grabbing 14.8 million viewers for the hour, CBS getting 14.6 million and Fox taking 14.4 million.

Thursday, February 01, 2007 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous,

It's alright for Americans of Italian decent to put up with shows like The Sopranos and all the other mafia stuff that comes out of Hollywood. Many take this with a grain of salt and have a sense of humor about it. I feel if there is any ethnic group that has been insulted, it is they.
If some Muslims in America should be offended by 24, well tough kanoogies on them.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007 2:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Torture in The Living Room

February 12, 2007

Posted by Brian Montopoli

(Kelsey McNeal/FOX)

We wrote last month about the debate around whether "24," on Fox, is a conservative show. (Time: "Is 24 just a TV show or right-wing propaganda?" Newsweek: "Depending on your perspective, “24” is either a neocon sex fantasy or the collective id of our nation unleashed.")

Now comes a New Yorker profile of Joel Surnow, the man behind "24." And it's a doozy, so much so that it has Nikki Finke calling for a boycott of the show. Surnow is a Bush supporter who says "[p]eople in the Administration love the series, too. It’s a patriotic show. They should love it." The series' "show runner," however, is a self-described "Moderate Democrat" who believes "people can differentiate between a television show and reality.”

Much of Jane Meyer's story focuses on the regular use of torture on "24." In November, the dean of the United States Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Army Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, met with many of the minds behind the show. Writes Mayer:

Finnegan told the producers that “24,” by suggesting that the U.S. government perpetrates myriad forms of torture, hurts the country’s image internationally. Finnegan, who is a lawyer, has for a number of years taught a course on the laws of war to West Point seniors—cadets who would soon be commanders in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. He always tries, he said, to get his students to sort out not just what is legal but what is right. However, it had become increasingly hard to convince some cadets that America had to respect the rule of law and human rights, even when terrorists did not. One reason for the growing resistance, he suggested, was misperceptions spread by “24,” which was exceptionally popular with his students. As he told me, “The kids see it, and say, ‘If torture is wrong, what about “24”?’ ” He continued, “The disturbing thing is that although torture may cause Jack Bauer some angst, it is always the patriotic thing to do.”

Finnegan also said in the meeting that DVDs of "24" circulate among soldiers in Iraq, who "then walk into the interrogation booths and do the same things they’ve just seen." When asked about the prevalence of torture on "24," Rush Limbaugh, a friend of Surnow's, said this: "Torture? It’s just a television show! Get a grip.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:16:00 PM  

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