Cynthia Conti, Visiting Lecturer of Media Studies
Now that these types of programs have become a phenomenon instead of one or two shows of this kind, and this insider's perspective is common, I no longer see any valuable social commentary in these programs. I think that once something becomes a convention, it takes on a different meaning. This particular depiction no longer provides insight, but rather just reminds the viewer that "sleazy behaviour" (i.e., the violation of rights) is a standard part of our justice system, and something Americans just have to accept. Something we should not be outraged about...something we should feel apathetic or complacent about.
So if the American public is told on TV through cop programs and the like that rights need to be violated to get to the truth, then who cares how some Taliban prisoners in Cuba are being treated? It's expected that their rights will be violated.