Doug Bedell — January 6, 2009, 8:05 am

Times Critic Pans ‘Homeland Security’

Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times TV critic, calls the new “Homeland Security” reality show “more homage than reportage.” 

“…there is something more than usually troubling about a network series that purports to cover the full canvas of homeland security and that is made with the assistance — and censorship (they call it “prescreening”) — of the Department of Homeland Security. The result is an exclusive, inside look at a recruitment video.”

This isn’t surprising. Security is a gritty business and one with legitimate privacy concerns. It’s hard to imagine day-by-day actuality being legitimate TV entertainment. It’s serious, professionally motivated, quiet vigilance.

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