Can you imagine if the world of TV's 24 was real? So many terrible things have happened over five seasons to the fictitious U.S. — nuclear explosions, fallout, the downing of Air Force One, a handshake attack on the president — that if it were real, it would be a paranoid and scary place to be.
So I tried to imagine what journalism of the 24 world would be like. What would be the commmon knowledge of everyone upon the death of Palmer and the hostage crisis at the airport? Here are a few mock news stories that represent what could have been written as of Hour 5 of 24's new season.
U.S./Russia Treaty Signed in the Midst of Tragedy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a handshake of hope the United States and Russia signed a historic arms accord today. At the same time, the hostage crisis at the Ontario airport and the assassination earlier this morning of former President David Palmer called for Presidents Logan and Suvarov to stand strongly in the face of international terrorism.
Before the ink was dry on the treaty, President Logan announced that counterterrorism agents successfully ended the Ontario airport siege with no further loss of innocent life. "This will perhaps stand as a symbol for the day." said Logan just moments ago, "It is a day that has seen tragedy. But the American people, the people of the world, must know that we, the United States and Russia, are committed to combating terrorism and will not fold in the face of it. I know that President Palmer would stand with us today. May he forever rest in peace."
Though it was a clear day at the Logan retreat in Los Angeles, the cloud cast over the proceeding will not soon be forgotten. TV networks aired live footage from the Ontario airport, including the execution of one hostage, James Hollister (38) of Visalia, and of another hostage, an unnamed teenager, held at gunpoint. The effective raid on the supposed Russian terrorist cell by the CTU brought some closure to the morning's events. It gives the world a chance to catch its breath.
That story covered the Logan treaty (what a sucky president he is. Esp. compared to Palmer) and the airport drama. Next is a story that eulogizes Palmer and speaks to some of the crazy events of his administration. Can you imagine a president who gets divorced, nearly dies from a viral attack, is around during a nuclear explosion, has an ex-wife that gets murdered and then drops out of the race a month before the election? It would be insane!