From the PTC group:
The Parents Television Council™ called on the Fox Broadcasting Network to show increased responsibility over the time of day it airs programs like “24,” which new PTC research revealed has a frighteningly high number of torture scenes. Monday’s special two-hour episode of “24” began at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT, covering the prime time hours when more children were likely to be in the viewing audience. “24” normally broadcasts at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT for one hour. The PTC is calling on all networks either to curtail such extremely graphic violence or, in the alternative, to air such material after 10 pm in all local markets.
The PTC review found that Fox’s “24” showed 67 scenes of torture in the first five seasons. Upon review of prime time broadcast programming from 1995 to 2001, there were 110 scenes of torture. From 2002 to 2005, the number increased to 624 scenes of torture.
But reader A.C. writes:
I love your column in the Register - never miss it! Especially enjoy anything written about "24", my favorite program these days. I have a different "take" on it than some. I think it's showing what our country is going through right now! It's not a conservative show promoting torture, as apparently some people think it is. I feel it's trying t o show us - right up front -- just how horrible torture is, and what it does to those who practice it. When we actually see it - we are horrified - and dont want it done in the name of our country. ( I can see, however, that some people may feel otherwise, and could become desensitized to it. ) As a whole I feel it's holding a mirror up to us - the way we are now as a country! It can serve as a bigtime warning. ( Thanks again for doing such a good job