I hesitated to share this with you all, as viewing it left me a little shaken, so consider yourselves warned that this week's clip from the ABC series "Castle," while fictional is still quite graphic. This episode of the show features a group in New York City that protests Wall Street greed and corruption. Sounds more than just a little familiar?
In the opening scene, a news reporter is covering a protest live with her camera crew when an explosion occurs very near the group of protesters, killing 5 of them. It's also in this opening scene that you see the first glaring reminder that you're watching a fictional television show. A msm reporter and camera crew covering a Wall Street protest live? Um, no way.
After the initial visual shock, I was more than a little unhappy with ABC. The explosion in this msm network show is a bomb that was part of a plan gone awry between one of the protesters seeking publicity for the movement, and the news reporter seeking to further her career in television. So while this show is based on OWS, this mainstream media network apparently didn't think that the actual dangers faced by protesters -- the brutal attacks from the NYPD -- were exciting enough for their show. Maybe if the msm actually showed up to cover a protest, they wouldn't feel the need to create fictional plots for their cop show detectives to investigate.
If you want to watch the entire episode, it's available online here.