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A Current Affair
Sliders, episode 77 (5.7)
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03
Our heroes slide into a world where tabloid journalism has taken the place of responsible news reporting (no, they haven't returned to Earth Prime!) During a presidential press conference Maggie is accidentally shoved into the arms of President Jefferson Williams, creating an instant photo op for the parasitic press. In no time the media is brimming with images and rumors about an alleged affair between Maggie and the President!<BR><BR>Meanwhile, a war with Switzerland is going very badly for the United States. Vargas, William's Chief of Staff, decides it would be in their political best interest to divert attention from the conflict by parading the President's infidelity before the scandal hungry masses. Maggie is abducted and coerced into participating in a staged escalation of the affair which the press and the public buy into hook, line and sinker.<BR><BR>Vargas realizes that as soon as Maggie is set free she'll blow the whistle on the hoax. His only alternative is to eliminate her permanently. Rembrandt, Mallory and Diana enlist the aid of Bobby Hawkes, a young journalist who deals in old fashioned hard news, to help them reveal the truth about the President's campaign of deceit.
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