Thanks for all of the replies, everyone!
I agree that while you may be able to get some more experience in an externship with a traditional BSN, the coursework and clinical time for accelerated programs is all the same. Sure, I may miss out on that externship/internship, but I wouldn't say that that makes accelerated programs inferior, as those externships are optional, as posted above.
As far as the "kool-aid" goes...
Traditional BSN at my state university IN-STATE TUITION + fees: ~$96,000, not including room, board, etc.
Accelerated MSN, CNL IN-STATE TUITION + fees: ~$45,000
Half the time, half the cost. They aren't robbing me by any means. Kool-aid? Why would I go through a full 4 year BSN program nearing 30 years old with a family to support when there is an option to get a BSN equivalent in half the time? The education remains the same, albeit faster. Those who can't learn at that pace are weeded out. That doesn't, however, change the fact that I feel that I won't be ready based on the education provided, regardless of the length of time it takes to provide.
And, I am coming into this with over 5 years of EMS experience, which does count for something. I bet it's more valuable than a 3 month externship. Other people who career change bring their own individual experiences from their years in their previous career. I would argue that a 30 year old former engineer coming into nursing through an accelerated program would be just as, if not more qualified than a 21 year old traditional BSN student. Same knowledge/education in nursing, significant difference in life and work experience. Maturity in work and life goes a long, long way.