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Anyone catch West Wing last night?(3 posts)

Anyone catch West Wing last night?53T
Feb 20, 2003 7:36 AM
These holywood writers are just bashing the French. In the show the US is engaged in a limited military action in a small African nation. France calls to deny the use of their airspace and Sheen lambasts them since France is not between the US and this African nation. In addition the Sheens daughter is dating an obnoxious french guy, who has suddenly become super-obnoxious and gets a lot more lines than he used to.
Doesn't the French guy pre-date the crisis, though?cory
Feb 20, 2003 8:32 AM
That's a hard slant to figure, because the writers and producers of the show have taken a liberal view for years (I love it, BTW). The Pres is always coming down on the opposite side of issues from George W., and looking good doing it. I was wondering last night why they're suddenly knocking the French.
If you haven't seen it, Molly Ivins had a good column this week about the French roles in WWI, WWII and Vietnam, and terrorism later. She thinks maybe they don't want war in Iraq because they've DONE that pretty regularly for 50 years. Here in the U.S. we're fat, dumb and happy because until Sept. 11, we've only seen it on TV. Can't find a link offhand, but it should be easy to find online. She writes for the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.
I think it was coincidental,TJeanloz
Feb 20, 2003 8:56 AM
Given the lead time from taping to airing, I think the French bashing was completely coincidental. The tension between the "Prince" and the other characters, particularly Charlie, has been growing for weeks and was about ready to go. The French airspace issue is also not without precedent, as the French have historically denied US acess for forays into Africa - it is also implied that the invaded country was a former French colony. And Bartlet doesn't exactly lambaste them for it; he just chuckles about how ridiculous it is.

I think the French foil on the show is being introduced to counter the implicit liberal bias. By having the French around arguing about how "low" taxes are, and pontificating about foreign policy, the liberals on the show come off as more moderate.