Apparently not. In addition to the Newsweek article, we also have Laura Ingraham, a very popular conservative talk show host, who comes to this brilliant conclusion on Bill O’reilly’s show on the Fox News channel:
“The average American out there loves the show 24. OK? They love Jack Bauer. They love 24. In my mind that’s close to a national referendum that it’s OK to use tough tactics against high-level Al Qaeda operatives as we’re going to get.”
So to recap: America loves Jack Bauer + Jack Bauer tortures people = America Loves Torture! Maybe my cynicism is warranted after all. Unreal.