Looking forward to the Fourth Season Premiere of Lost this evening, last night I rewatched the final episode of Season Three, "Through the Looking Glass." Unlike most Lost episodes - which feature flashbacks - this episode made use of flash-forwards, and in one of those flash-forwards I spotted something interesting. Jack (Matthew Fox) is on an airplane reading a newspaper. He sees an obituary of someone he knows. (We only catch a glimpse of the newspaper page, but you can see it clearly in the frame-grab, above.)
On the same page as the obituary (which we don’t see) is part of a headline, "Residents speak ... proposed coastal ...," and above the headline is a picture of a woman standing at a podium. The image goes by so fast it could be easily read as "President speaks ..." - which is how I did read it at first glance - and the woman at the podium could be read as Hillary Clinton!
I don’t see this as an endorsement. Rather, I believe the Lost creators were playfully trying to predict the future as they think it's going to pan out, and to do so in such a way that they will have "plausible deniability."
Is Big Media biased in favor of Hillary? That’s what we keep hearing. But consider this. When Ted and Caroline Kennedy endorsed Senator Obama, the story was all over the news. By contrast, when environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - arguably the most progressive of the living Kennedys - endorsed Hillary, Big Media hardly mentioned it. I wouldn’t even have known about the RFK, Jr. endorsement, if I hadn’t read his op-ed piece (co-authored by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Kerry Kennedy) in the Los Angeles Times.