CIA's New Hobby: Fact-Checking Katherine Heigl Show
In case you were wondering, 'State of Affairs' doesn't seem super-accurate
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2014 10:58 AM CST
This image released by NBC shows Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker in a scene from "State of Affairs," premiering Nov. 17.   (AP Photo/NBC, Michael Parmelee)

(Newser) – If you've been watching Katherine Heigl's new TV show, State of Affairs, surely the foremost question on your mind is, "How accurate is this?" Well, the CIA is here to help. Heigl plays a CIA analyst on the NBC drama, and TMZ notes that the actual CIA has been fact-checking the show on its Twitter feed. For example, when Heigl's character briefed the president by handing her a stack of papers, the CIA tweeted, "President Obama & other key national security policymakers now receive the #PDB in a tablet format," along with a picture of Obama with said tablet.

After another scene in which Heigl's character met another CIA agent in person, Vulture notes, the CIA tweeted: "The most dangerous type of communication between agents and their handlers: direct, face to face contact. One solution: use a #deaddrop." A follow-up tweet explained that a dead drop "allows secure communication at a prearranged location. One person leaves material & later the other person picks it up." A CIA spokesperson explains to TMZ that live-tweeting the show allows the CIA to "counter popular myths and misconceptions about the Agency." (Check out the not-so-nice things Shonda Rhimes recently had to say about Heigl.)