Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth is explicit about taking sides on global warming. With a hero who uses torture, the TV show 24 sends a message of a different kind. Entertainment and propaganda. Do audiences distinguish between truth, fiction and political argument? Also, Vice President Dick Cheney travels to Pakistan and Afghanistan and, on Reporter's Notebook, civil rights leader Al Sharpton is linked by slave ancestors to one-time segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond.
Popular Culture and Propaganda
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Pop Culture's Affect on Politics
The TV show 24 portrays a hero who saves the country by violating the law. His use of torture is part of a hit program. An Inconvenient Truth is Al Gore's power-point...
Contemporary Politics and the Legacy of Slavery
In 2004, Rev. Al Sharpton ran for President on a civil rights platform. In 1948, South Carolina's late Senator Strom Thurmond ran as a segregationist.