November 22, 2006


I recorded CSI last week and we just watched it last night. I guess no one else in the blogosphere watches that show, because someone would've mentioned that the episode "Happenstance" was about "fake but accurate"! The killer was a photographer who had gone to Iraq and then photoshopped a couple of photos together to make a more poignant visual. And his boss found out and was going to bust him so he killed her. I'm quoting from memory here, but at the end in his confession, he said something to the effect of

There's nothing worth photographing in Iraq. Insurgents shoot their AKs and run away. We raid houses at night and all they say is "Ali Baba not here." And the soldiers just get pumped up on caffeine and rock music waiting for something to happen. You end up praying for a roadside bomb, but even then you can't photograph the smell of gasoline. All you get is a photo of smoke. So I started playing around with the photos, and some soldiers saw me and said, "Yeah, yeah, that's exactly what it's like." So yes, I told a lie, to tell the truth.

The motive for his murder was "fake but accurate"! This CSI was ripped straight from blogs.

Moreover, that's probably the most accurate description of life in Iraq that's ever been uttered on TV. My husband said that's exactly what it's like. There's usually not something to photograph.


I was just going to go email Charles Johnson to let him know, but someone beat me to it yesterday: Art imitates life. So much for my big scoop.


Actually, HeatherRadish liveblogged it during the episode, so nevermind. I'll just go play last week's game.

Posted by: Sarah at 03:14 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I usually never miss CSI but lat week was crazy so I missed it. Dang Dang Dang.

Posted by: Tammi at November 22, 2006 07:48 AM (Bitcf)

2 Sarah I did watch it, but totally did not make the connection. Maybe I am getting preggo brain already!

Posted by: Household6 at November 22, 2006 08:21 AM (40zEu)

3 "Fake but accurate" was how someone defended Rather. The way you describe it, it sounds like the show is defending that point of view. I find that worrying. A certain Arab Reuters photographer would probably use the same argument: that he is telling lies to tell the truth.

Posted by: wf at November 25, 2006 02:22 PM (QfOtl)

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