’24’ Writer Defends Show Against Torture Criticism

Feb 13, 2007  •  Post A Comment

In TVWeek.com’s exclusive Backlot Talk podcast, David Fury — who wrote the “Day 6: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM” episode of Fox’s “24” — today defended the show against criticism that its depictions of torture may be influencing the behavior of U.S. military personnel.

“It’s disturbing to think that members of our military learning their techniques and training are getting it from entertainment like ’24,'” Mr. Fury said in an interview with TelevisionWeek Publisher Chuck Ross. “One would think that their training would be far more extensive in the real world and that they’d understand that this is a heightened reality.”

New Yorker magazine this week published an article claiming that some in the U.S. military believe the show is harming America’s reputation overseas and causing real-life torture in Iraq.

Mr. Fury confirmed U.S. military officers and FBI investigators had met with some of the show’s writing staff to explain how torture isn’t an effective real-world technique.

“It’s very hard for us to adjust to a realistic depiction of torture, which usually goes on for weeks and months, when we only have 42 minutes for Jack to get information out of somebody,” Mr. Fury said.

For the full interview with Mr. Fury, go to TVWeek.com’s Backlot Talk for the full podcast and transcript.

(Editor: Baumann)