Unamerican Idols

The Obama administration proposes “periodic reviews of evidence” against inmates at Gitmo, and Ric Locke sees an opportunity for a high-concept TV series:

Appoint three judges to hold the hearings, and find or construct a suitably photogenic courtroom, perhaps modeled on the Kremlin facility for show trials of Public Enemies in the Thirties. Perhaps the relevant prisoner could be ensconced in a chrome-plated cell, wearing his orange boiler suit. Each week during prime time, broadcast the summations of testimony and argument, with the judges awarding points for style and content, ultimately resulting in a grade 1…10 for overall effect. Add Internet and telephone polling of the audience. Once a quarter, play excerpts from the arguments of the highest-graded participants, with audience polling for Favorite Denouncer, Best Sob Story, and the like. What to offer as prizes is a bit problematic, but of course money is always good. The real prize would be the exposure.

Gotta be better than Jersey Shore.

1 comment

  1. Mark Alger »

    25 December 2010 · 7:43 am

    Heck, the webcam at Fresh Kills would be better than The Jersey Shore.


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