Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Dual loyalties on network TV

The most recent episode of Law & Order:  Criminal Intent – usually the best show on television – was a wild riff on the poisoning of Litvinenko and a sort of pro-Israeli spin on the Rachel Corrie story!  The episode is called ‘30’ (this summary is mostly accurate).  Amongst other things, it contained a role for Ned Eisenberg, a veteran of many Law & Order shows, gleefully playing a source from an organization just like AIPAC.  The most striking thing is the detectives are pulled off the case, and Detective Logan, played by Chris Noth, angrily accuses his Jewish boss, played by Eric Bogosian, of having dual loyalties, i. e., of representing the interests of Israel over those of the United States!  The issue is never really resolved, although we are supposed to believe that a mysterious American government agent is the real reason why the investigation officially ceases.  I never thought I’d see the day that the issue of dual loyalties surfaced on network television, and aired just before the Scooter Libby conviction!