British tv channel More 4’s new drama “Death of a President” has stirred up a controversy among the stupid peoplein our society.
The programme uses computer effects to portray an assassination of current US President, George W Bush during an anti-war rally in Chicago (althought what he’s doing at an anti-war rally is anyone’s guess).
And the reactions from the stupid? Well, try this for starters:
John Beyer, of TV watchdog MediaWatch, said it was irresponsible.
He said it could even trigger a real assassination attempt and told the Daily Mirror: “There’s a lot of feeling against President Bush and this may well put ideas into people’s heads.”
Yes, apparently there are people out there who are so suggestible that a tv drama will induce them to assassinate the President.
(Update: Mediawatchwatch (!) spots Beyer’s even better follow up, which the BBC didn’t think to include in its report: “If something happens as a consequence of this film, then blood is on their hands.” Priceless).
The Republican Party’s response wasn’t all that much more rational:
Spokesman Gretchen Essell said: “I cannot support a video that would dramatise the assassination of our president, real or imagined.”
“The greater reality is that terrorism still exists in our world. It is obvious that the war on terror is not over.
She added: “I find this shocking, I find it disturbing. I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.”
And we all remember how badly Harrison Ford’s President in peril flick Air Force One flopped, don’t we?
Frankly, the only sensible response I heard came from the White House itsef = they refused to comment on the film.
I wonder how long before Michelle Malkin picks up on this story?