The TV show 24 and the torture debate

After watching the season finale of 24 last night and then the evening news I started to reflect on the whole torture debate.  In the last 1/2 hour of the show the “bad guy” was caught and was not talking. He was going to lawyer up and by all indications the government was not going to get anything from him. Now if many of fans of the show are honest you wanted the “answers” out of him by any means necessary. Torture him if necessary. Now the 10.00 pm news started right after 24 and there was a segment on Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, denying she knew about water boarding. It just seems a bit ironic and I wonder of the audience who just watched 24 is concerned about torture.  Are they fine with it on TV to get information by in means necessary but not in real life?