ABC Thriller ‘Scandal’ Criticized for Torture Scenes by Parents Television Council

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ABC Thriller ‘Scandal’ Criticized for Torture Scenes by Parents Television Council. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The conservative Parents Television Council is criticizing ABC hit-show “Scandal” for airing a torture scene in last week’s episode. The episode featured scenes of violence and water-boarding of the character of Huck (Guillermo Diaz) who was accused of attempting to assassinate President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn).

Huck was arrested under the Patriot Act and was water-boarded and nearly beaten to death to force him to confess. He was eventually released and the real shooter was arrested.

PTC said in a statement, “The brutal nature of that scene, which was rated as appropriate for a 14-year-old child, refutes statements made by an industry claiming to be responsible and concerned about societal violence.”

PTC president Tim Winter said: “It is sickening just how quickly the entertainment industry was able to move past the tragedy of Newtown and get back to business as usual.”

The episode in question, which was the January 10th installment, was clearly preceded by a content advisory which warned viewers to expect “intense, explicit and bloodied” scenes. So, viewers had ample time to switch channels.

The group is also calling on the Obama administration to support an effort for “real responsibility from those who produce and distribute violent media content as well as real reform of the failed TV ratings system.”

Um, why would a 14 year old child be watching television at this hour on a school night? If that’s the case, then the parents should be blamed, not the network.

 ABC Thriller Scandal Criticized for Torture Scenes by Parents Television Council

Drudge Report Compares President Obama to Hitler, Stalin Over Executive Orders on Guns

Drudge Report Compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin over ‘executive orders’ on gun control.

Here are some links from the right wing freak-out on the Drudge Report:

Here’s the Drudge Report’s response to the possible use of executive powers by President Obama on gun violence — comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin:

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Right wing response to President Obama’s possible use of executive power in gun control

VP Joe Biden Suggests President Obama Could Use Executive Orders in Gun Control

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VP Joe Biden Suggests President Obama Could Use Executive Orders in Gun Control. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “The president is going to act. There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet.”

— Vice President Biden, quoted by CNN, in comments ahead of a meeting with victims of gun violence.

I can hear the Obama critics now, including Breitbart, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Wayne LaPierre and others literally going crazy over the potential that the president could unilaterally implement some gun control measures.

Drudge Report Compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin over ‘executive orders’ on gun control.

Here’s the Drudge Report’s response to the possible use of executive powers by President Obama on gun violence — comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin:

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Right wing response to President Obama’s possible use of executive power in gun control

Roland Martin: America Should See Carnage from Newtown Shooting Massacre as We Saw Emmett Till

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Roland Martin: America Should See Carnage from Newtown Shooting Massacre as We Saw Emmett Till

Roland Martin is stoking controversy in his latest column that appeared on CNN.com, saying that America needs to see the carnage from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — an Emmett Till moment. Emmett Till was the black teenager who was killed in 1955 by racists because he allegedly spoke to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, and her husband and relatives beat the teen to a pulp. His mother decided to have an open-casket funeral service for him, with his bloated and disfigured body in view for the world to see the brutality her son suffered.  Um, no thank you. I don’t want to see those precious children that way.

“One of these mothers from Connecticut should do an Emmett Till moment; show the picture of their child dead in the classroom.”

That’s a text I received earlier this week from my TV One show producer. When I got it, a chill immediately went through my body just thinking about the possibility of seeing the carnage in such a photo.

When taping this week’s edition of my show, “Washington Watch,” Sirius/XM Radio host Joe Madison somberly said the same thing. Joe remarked that Emmett’s mother, Mamie, insisted on an open casket for her son so the world could see what was done to him by racists in Mississippi.

Many Americans may not even remember Emmett Till, a precocious 14-year-old black teenager from Chicago who went to visit his family in Mississippi. He allegedly flirted with a white woman in a store, and the woman’s husband and his brother later went to the home where Till was staying, pulled him out of his bed, took him somewhere and beat him to a pulp, gouged out his eye, blew the back of his head away with a gun, attached a cotton gin with barbed wire around his neck and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. […]

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting, we have seen numerous photos of the beautiful, smiling faces of the 20 children and six adults slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The images we have become accustomed to include them singing at a piano, sporting the gear of a favorite sports team and others. When we think of them being memorialized it’s in the context of teddy bears, candles and flowers.

Americans want to remember them as vibrant and fun-loving children, but will that actually shake the conscience of America to do something about how they were gunned down in the classroom?

What if one of the mothers or fathers of the Newtown 20 demanded that police give them a crime scene photo of their child and they chose to show it to the world? Can you imagine a modern day Mamie Till Mobley, wracked with pain but filled with resolve to show the nation so they could bear witness to what hate did to their child? Source