Reality does Iraq
"This week, I found a very flashy promotional DVD insert in my Time Magazine. It was for a new show on FX called 'Over There' [which] attempts to tell the story of an Army squad stationed in Iraq. A few people have asked me if I think the show is going to be realistic. Not likely. Probably about as likely as Jenna Bush being drafted," notes Paul Rieckhoff.
'Over There' will not show the carnage and the real horrors of war. That is not made-for-TV. It might not even show troops needing equipment, and the problems with the Veteran's Administration for those that make it home...Sponsors like Budweiser, Dell and Doritos won't have the stomach for THAT much reality.
It is tough to handle. It doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy. And viewers might want to change the channel.
Just like they do with the real war." (Huffington Post)