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Why Is Sarah Palin Getting a Nature Show? Her Environmental Record Is Atrocious


Society & Culture  (tags: tv, politics, environment, Sara Palin, media, abuse, dishonesty, news )

Cal
- 1599 days ago - alternet.org
Based on Palin's environmental record, she appears to hate nature. The Discovery Channel should really find a more appropriate host for their new nature show



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patricia lasek (317)
Saturday April 3, 2010, 6:45 am
Many petitions available to sign in protest of this abomination to wildlife. Defenders of Wildlife, Change.org and Discovery channel will accept comments on their programming. Make your voice heard on this one.
 

Ge M. (217)
Saturday April 3, 2010, 12:23 pm
Did I see somewhere else that Fox will also be using her as a presenter?
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Saturday April 3, 2010, 2:27 pm
Urge the Discovery Channel to drop Sarah Palin's planned nature series. Sign AlterNet's petition
27,151 signatures
 

. (0)
Saturday April 3, 2010, 2:45 pm
Above all else, TDC wants viewers and she'll def accomplish that. The bottom line.
 

. (0)
Saturday April 3, 2010, 8:25 pm
Answer: MONEY! We can however make it not so good of an idea by boycotting the sponsors and the Discovery Channel.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Sunday April 4, 2010, 1:55 am
Could members please leave URLs for other petitions?
This choice is so disgusting, I want to sign everything against it.
 

Cam V. (417)
Monday April 5, 2010, 1:05 am
Her show CREAMED all the other channels and will continue to do so. Ratings = money. It was and excellent show by the way. A lot of Americans are going really good things to help each other.
 

Cheree M. (45)
Monday April 5, 2010, 1:51 am
Who ever gave her a Show is CRAZY...... She's a Huge JOKE in my eyes. TY Cal, Noted
 

chris b. (2474)
Monday April 5, 2010, 2:05 am
PR is a wonderful thing that spawns many anomalies. This must rank alongside asking Hitler to officiate in a Synagogue! SP is so brain dead as to only function on superficial stimulus only.the same as all who abuse animals and humans! The conscience and moral wiring has been ether burnt out or was not there in the first place! Perhaps it is down to the Alaskn climate Oh dear she "thinks" (thinks being a euphamism for reacts right wing!) that is rubbish as well"
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Monday April 5, 2010, 2:29 am
"...Let's do it like we do on the Discovery Channel...."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aIEPNUqt5E
 

. (0)
Monday April 5, 2010, 2:36 am
Anything that financially benefits this woman, especially something as ridiculous and stupid as a reality show, is extremely harmful to the American people and should be avoided at all costs. She continues to pray on the ignorant majority in this country and should be stopped!
iedge
 

DKS S. (1)
Monday April 5, 2010, 3:20 am
Just goes to show people will try anything to make a buck!
I for one will turn the channel if she rears her head. Also as advised above give discovery my two cents.
 

Mike M. (55)
Monday April 5, 2010, 3:47 am
I will not watch her show and will stay away from any of their programing and advertising sponsors.
 

Carolyn Bridges (30)
Monday April 5, 2010, 4:20 am
i will not watch her on discover or any where else.
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Monday April 5, 2010, 4:35 am
"Sarah Palin for President in 2012...?"
http://www.care2.com/news/member/140535861/1389704
Saturday February 13, 2010, 2:00 am
"All you need in this life is
ignorance and self-confidence,
then success is sure"
(Mark Twain)
Flag as inappropriate!
 

. (0)
Monday April 5, 2010, 5:37 am
Saw a bumper sticker: Sarah Palin for President in 2012. Why not? The world's going to end anyway.
 

Melissa Martin (19)
Monday April 5, 2010, 6:26 am
I CAN'T BELIEVE THOSE JERKS GAVE THIS EVIL WOMAN A SHOW! SHE HATES ANIMALS AND KILLS ALL OF THE WOLVES I LOVE AND MANY OTHER ANIMALS! I WISH SHE WERE JUST GONE OFF THE PLANET.. WHY NOT SHIP HER TO THE MOON!
 

chris b. (2474)
Monday April 5, 2010, 7:58 am
Who is this SP is she in charge of the BLMs horse round ups and killing!
 

chris b. (2474)
Monday April 5, 2010, 8:08 am
Melissa that would be a pain for the man in the moon! What harm has he done only pull the tides back and forth!
 

Bryan S. (98)
Monday April 5, 2010, 9:56 am
Not to be outdone, the History Channel will soon be airing a program hosted by Kim Jong-il on the history of democracy.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday April 5, 2010, 10:07 am
"Her show CREAMED all the other channels" Someone is living in the same dream world she is in, I think.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday April 5, 2010, 10:09 am
I am sorry Northern I couldn't help it. A leopard can't changes its spots, I guess.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Monday April 5, 2010, 12:39 pm
The majority love her. She draws millions of viewers. Why wouldn't she have her own show? Ratings talk.
 

Yvonne White (231)
Monday April 5, 2010, 1:56 pm
The majority of RepubliCONs like her. Lots of people like FAUX too, don't make it right or truthful.
Discovery channel is losing a lot of business.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Monday April 5, 2010, 2:09 pm
The minority hate her. Lots of people hate FOX too, doesn't make it right or truthful. Discovery will get plenty of viewers and business.
 

Beth P. (32)
Monday April 5, 2010, 2:15 pm
Signed!!!
arggggggggggggg!!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Monday April 5, 2010, 2:52 pm
" "Her show CREAMED all the other channels" Someone is living in the same dream world she is in, I think."
And I won't apologize !

If the best defense you can come up with is the money this woman will attract for Discovery, then we can easily understand why we are where we are today-- Money talks; Decency / Quality / Coherence all walk !
Why shouldn't a half-wit with an atrocious environmental record host a nature show ? Why, no reason at all, since she will attract large audiences! Only thing that counts, apparently...
 

Patricia N. (41)
Monday April 5, 2010, 3:09 pm
Will sign any petition that has anything to do with keeping her off Discovery channel. Can't believe they would want this wildlife hater on a show!
 

Shirley A. (96)
Monday April 5, 2010, 3:17 pm
The only way to win this battle to keep her ignorant, hypocritical, greedy mug of the TV is BOYCOTT Discover/TLC and all sponsors affiliated with insisting they dirty up the air waves with this money grubbing ploy. She is a fake and detriment to our society. Putting her in as host for a nature show is disgusting and a real slap in the face to all that work so hard to truly make a difference for our wildlife and Country.
 

Julie P. (149)
Monday April 5, 2010, 3:41 pm
Discovering Sarah

Sarah Barracuda is my name
Flagrant self promotion is my aim
Stretching my 15 minutes of fame
Not hard to do, if you got no shame

All of those darn letters
It was a real deluge
Just because I wanted
To drill in the refuge

In Alaska, we can kill
Pregnant wolves while in the air
People say I have no conscience
They’re right I just don’t care

There is no climate change
That’s just snake oil science
EPA be damned
Hear me shout for non-compliance

Don’t worry BP
Those polar bears will be gone
After I leave New Hampshire
Right next to Oregon

About the Supreme Court
Decisions they have made
Nothing on my hand
So I had to evade

All I know is hunting
Let’s talk about that sport
Guns for everyone
How I get my support

Everything I did
Made people so pissed
Propelled me to the top
Of the bestsellers list

Got me a new show now
On the beauty of the state
Better film it now
Next year will be too late

Drill baby drill
Conservation ain’t my game
Kill baby kill
Alaska will never be the same
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday April 5, 2010, 3:45 pm
Discovery will not get this viewer and there are plenty just like me. People with any intellect will not watch it. Animal lovers will boy cote it. The only people that will watch, will be Paline fanatics and people that want to watch to see how stupid she can make herself look once again..
 

pam w. (191)
Monday April 5, 2010, 4:06 pm
I've signed every petition I've seen!
 

Tammy C. (2)
Monday April 5, 2010, 4:17 pm
i can't understand it. She is an abomination to nature. Are they going to film her killing wolf cubs in their dens? Because she would,you know,and she has ordered other people to do it for her. She's evil.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday April 5, 2010, 4:25 pm
Thanks Cal. Quaint choice.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Monday April 5, 2010, 5:15 pm
CAL, THANK YOU POSTING THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE IN "SOCIETY AND CULTURE". IN "ANIMALS" WE'VE POSTED ONE LINKED TO A SINGLE WEBSITE PAGE THAT TELLS PEOPLE ABOUT THE GROWING OUTRAGE OVER THIS AND LETS USERS FIND ALL THE THINGS THEY CAN DO TO JOIN THE MANY THOUSANDS ALREADY ACTING TO STOP IT:

http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/04/04/abcs-kimmel-joins-sens-palin-alaska-tlc-tv-condemnation/
 

Anne K. (128)
Monday April 5, 2010, 6:24 pm
Next thing you know, the Discovery Channel will air a show praising the Chinese government hosted by the Dalai Lama!
 

. (0)
Monday April 5, 2010, 6:27 pm
No, next thing the Disney Channel will have a show hosted by Dick Cheney.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Monday April 5, 2010, 9:04 pm
Yes, but she makes headlines and profits and Discovery is a for profit corporation and profit is all that counts!
 

Casey Broughton (27)
Monday April 5, 2010, 9:17 pm
first fox now discovery....what's going on. this woman is clearly demented and hates both people and nature. BOYCOTT all discovery shows until they ditch her.
 

Chris Fox (2)
Monday April 5, 2010, 10:14 pm
April Fools Joke Right?
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 12:14 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Cam V. (417)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 12:23 am
Cable news ratings show Sarah is a ratings winner with more than 2 million viewers, more than doubling the audience of CNN and MSNBC.

THURS., APRIL 1, 2010

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,981,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,256,000
FOXNEWS PALIN 2,073,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,014,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,877,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,658,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 989,000
MSNBC MADDOW 950,000
CNN KING 839,000
CNN COOPER 820,000
CNNHN BEHAR 641,000

Congatulations to to Gov. Palin on a successfull debut. Well done!!!
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 12:54 am
I enjoyed a Jimmy Kimmel spoof advertisement for it. Now that is someone I *will* watch.
 

Georgia L. (210)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 2:35 am
I suppose intelligent people get their news from the internet. The rest watch fox. I wasn't watching Discovery anymore anyway. Not sure who changed the programing but it has been about as bad as TLC lately.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 7:08 am
Northern N, why waste your time (& ours) convincing us that a lot of right-wing creeps enjoy hearing biased news & views that comfort their right-wing ideology; and are delighted to see the creeps that spread their garbage on Fox? We know that!

Anyone with an ounce of brains can figure out that Palin is totally inappropriate to host any so-called 'nature' show. Anyone with an ounce of brains and/or is interested in what is really going on doesn't watch Fox.

Numbers don't win me over. Higher ratings don't make right !
 

Karlyn R. (15)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 7:39 am
WOW! Talk about egg on my face! I heard "Sarah Palin", "Nature" and Discovery" and silly me, I thought it was a cooking show. FYI: Did you know the same company owns National Geographic AND Fox News. Scary huh?
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 8:04 am
I want to join Peasant Diva in expressing my contempt for the irrelevant and politically gloating figures Northern posted. They reflect the ignorance and mean-spiritedness of the majority of the Tea Party he wants ruling over you while he sits gloating in Canada. No offense to Canadians, we have more ignorance in the USA than you do. Recent empirical research found that the lower a person's education, the more likely was that person to be a Tea Partier and Fox News viewer and fan of Palin. Moreover the article Cal posted centered on Palin's record with respect to the environment and wildlife, not her politics. It just figures that a Tea Partier from Canada would post irrelevant material. Last, and most important: decency, compassion, lovingkindness, and caring about wildlife are not themselves political or dependent on intelligence or education. If God dictated my proverbial shipwrecking on a tiny island for the rest of my left, but gave me choice of it being with a barely-dressed Sarah Palin or a slow-minded and armour-suited but caring-hearted person of either gender who "got it" that helpless wolves shouldn't be shot from airplanes to yelp in pain while their pups are left to starve, or who "got it" that polar bears and cove dolphins need protected homes, I'd ask God to send Palin to hell and me to that heavenly island. If you agree go here: http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/04/04/abcs-kimmel-joins-sens-palin-alaska-tlc-tv-condemnation/
 

Nancy L. (139)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 9:11 am
Funny how you can almost smell arrogance throught the monitor huh?
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 10:09 am
Keep it up NE, your disruptive interjections show what kind of people support the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. And they show contempt for those who want on-topic comments. I'm happy to have my intelligence, education and caring for wildlife and the resources of earth on which all life depends compared and contrasted with yours any day of the week. So let's get it on, and let's stick to facts. Here's for openers. My avatar is of me holding a grand-nephew named after me, it stands for the love I'd like to see more of in this world right now, the kind of world I'd like him to live in, one with wildlife he can marvel at and love, wolves, polar bears, caribou and cove dolphins included, all of which Palin champions the slaughter of and adds to their suffering and risk of extinction. Your avatar? Looks like a cold-blooded reptilian eye to me. So you go ahead, set the record straight, tell what it is. And Northern you stay out of this, I'm doing you a favor, you and your Tea Party are known by the company you keep. Go ahead NE, continue the disruption. Let all who see this judge for themselves. Those who like what I have to say can go to http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/04/04/abcs-kimmel-joins-sens-palin-alaska-tlc-tv-condemnation/
Those who like what you have to say can join the Tea Party.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 10:19 am
I told you before it was a wave. If you don't want to check it out I certainly can't make you. Tea Party Patriots also have families that they love. I have 4 children and 2 grand children that I love very much and I want to grow up the way I did. The people I know that belong to the Tea Party are good honest hard working citizens that love and care about this country. My family has a long history of service to this country. I have raised my children pretty much by myself, working 2 sometimes 3 jobs to do so. I donate to several charities monthly, have for years. Whenever anyone in our community needs, we give whatever we can as do most of the Tea Party members. You have no idea the amount of love and concern we have for others and our country. AND SO DOES PALIN.

 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 10:21 am
Send a Green Star to Gregory Hilbert
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 11:19 am
Good NE, you've served my purpose just as I hoped and yes I know your avatar's source because I did check it out when you told me about it before. Now you go look after them and your Tea Party, and do what Care2 rules require, stop disrupting this thread with off-topic comments. The subject of the article is Palin's record as to wildlife and the environment, and how that relates to a TV program she was picked to host by an international corporation with sales of $3.2 Billion and profits of over $500 Million.
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 11:22 am
http://www.care2.com/news/member/606472831/1448444

http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/04/04/abcs-kimmel-joins-sens-palin-alaska-tlc-tv-condemnation/

And thank you again Cal for this article. You post many good ones.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 11:23 am
Paline has no love or respect for anything walking or crawling on this earth, but herself.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 11:38 am
Don't tell me what to do Gregory. I'll post here or anywhere else I care 2 on care2. You mentioned Tea Party to me first. So who is off topic? I have commented on others comments about the topic. YOU went off topic to me.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 11:43 am
**Paline has no love or respect for anything walking or crawling on this earth, but herself.**

Your opinion.

**You have no idea the amount of love and concern we have for others and our country. AND SO DOES PALIN. **

My opinion.

We are both entitled to express them.


 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 12:04 pm
The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet programs have deteriorated horribly. After Whale Wars, I`m cancelling.
Concerning the ratings @ Northern.......doesn`t suprise me. A little off topic but, maybe not.........conservatives are not deep thinkers. There is now scientific proof. We are hardwired. About 15-20% of the population are considered H.S.P.s ( Highly Sensitive Person), or intuitive empaths. We are deep thinkers and are more reflective, thats how our brains are wired. Traditionally the Bohemian crowd......artists, writers, poets, academics and ``the caregivers`` of the world, and first to murdered by despots, as their minds can`t be controlled.
So I think between nature and nurture (or lack there of) a majority of people cannot think deep, and fall for illusion so easily.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 12:08 pm
Ah....I smell that arrogance again.
 

Amber Womack (10)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 1:19 pm
i cant stand that! there is a petition that you can sign to ban the show
 

Cheryl Ulrich (108)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 1:52 pm
Any woman who would kill a MOTHER wolf , knowing her BABIES would DIE because of it is NO WOMAN in MY opinion !!
 

Ron M. (52)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 1:56 pm
Unless Palin now has in mind to declare on national TV that she is so very sorry about how she treats all things natural and sets up a rescue program for all animals of the world with the money she derives from this TV program.

Now that would be a true program of "Discovery" woulnd't it be?
 

Laura H. (880)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 2:11 pm
$arah Palin is an EVIL, lying, manipulative bitch who is in bed with Big Oil and the NRA. Her views-both personal and political- are very extreme. She doesn't care about the environment, animals, women's rights, etc, etc, ETC. This 'woman' USES her OWN children for her selfish, greedy, financial gain! She is a JOKE; a QUITTER...she ONLY cares about being the center of attention and MONEY. May she choke on it!!!!
 

Pauline P. (46)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 3:23 pm
I can't believe this is going to happen, bring on the petitions will sign them all.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 3:53 pm
I will be watching the show.
This show could be the end of Sarah.
It will be interesting to see how much she has to play the sex card to save the show.
I have never seen her be able to speak coherently.
If she flops on this show she is done!
Your petitions will do no good.
No one cares what you think!
TV is about ratings and money, not your opinions.
If you sign the petitions you are not the demographic they wanted anyway/
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 5:07 pm
The comment above reflects lack of awareness as to the facts of what is now happening in consequence of the outrage of millions who care deeply about wildlife and the environment. And there are people involved with years of professional experience in matters of media, advertising, and other things involved. Go here, it's only the second day of the very beginning of a boycott campaign and tell me advertisers and others won't care what those enraged millions think by the time the program is supposed to air:
http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/04/04/abcs-kimmel-joins-sens-palin-alaska-tlc-tv-condemnation/
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 5:14 pm
Weird to say the least , thanks !!
 

Helen Snyder (13)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 7:34 pm
Noted. I guess people of a certain level of intelligence just like to watch a trainwreck in action.
 

Nora J. (229)
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 10:14 pm
I was quite surprised to find these two groups on Care 2:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/foxnewsheadquarters

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/GSP

Can anyone enlighten me on the existence of these groups? I am quite confused, to say the least!
 

Marty H. (119)
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 5:19 am
Thanks Cal and noted! I signed petitions and wrote to Discovery several days ago! That is one scary Woman!
 

Jean Lord (46)
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 3:56 pm
Unfortunately there are people who like her, can't imagine why. But her name means ratings and money, so we are gonna be stuck with her.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 4:26 pm
Someone needs to keep their nose out of threads where they don't agree with anyone else on them unless they have something of importance to say, then they won't smell those smells they keep complaining about. You know that smell of arrogance they claim to smell. I like arrogance myself. I find it refreshing compared to one line insults.
 

Nancy L. (139)
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 6:23 pm
Someone needs to remember the 1st amendement.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 6:47 pm
NE, you have the right according to the 1st amendment to say whatever you want (with a few exceptions) and other people have the right to tell you what they think of you and of what you say. It works both ways.
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 7:57 am
"Let's sell out like they sell out on Discovery Channel."
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 8:17 am
Love the poem apart from the "Sarah Barracuda" bit. Barracudas are magnificent creatures who, unlike this prime piece of human offal, kill for food and not sadistic thrills. Anyway, have a Green Star!
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 8:54 am
"You cannot currently send a star to Cynthia because you have done so within the last week."
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 9:19 am
"
**Paline has no love or respect for anything walking or crawling on this earth, but herself.**

Your opinion.¬


Which is validated by the available evidence.

"**You have no idea the amount of love and concern we have for others and our country. AND SO DOES PALIN. **

My opinion."

Which has no relevance to Cynthia's opinion.


 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 9:24 am
"Ah....I smell that arrogance again. "

Old Irish saying:

"'Tis always the dirty dog who is first to smell his own stink."
 

Rosemary Mchugh (127)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 9:51 am
Goodonya Lady Laura! Have a Green Star, you deserve a million of them.
 

Julie P. (149)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 10:18 am
Barracuda was her nickname in high school. It is referencing the general perception people have of barracudas, which they attached to her persona.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 10:59 am
Send a Green Star to Chana B.
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Chana because you have done so within the last week.

Send a Green Star to Rosemary Mchugh
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Rosemary because you have done so within the last week.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 9, 2010, 8:21 pm
I am thinking it may be a hunting show, there are many hunting shows and they are very popular!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 9, 2010, 8:27 pm
The link for this story goes to a crapy website that greys the story out and demands a donation!
What a load of B*ll Sh*t!
 

. (0)
Friday April 9, 2010, 8:32 pm
The story wasn't greyed out for me, Be Kay. And the request for a donation was just a pop up that disappears as soon as you click on the "no thanks" option. My favorite part of the article?

"Her Discovery Channel series, produced by Mark Burnett, the same reality TV master who brought us Survivor and The Apprentice, will reportedly focus on Alaska’s characters and traditions, as presented by the former vice-presidential candidate. It’s an idea that brings to mind another of Burnett’s gems: Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?"

In other words, this fine program is brought to you by a man who is know for high quality television. Yeah, right!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Monday April 12, 2010, 3:18 am
I have just 6accidently§6 found out why we can't expect anything good from the 'Discovery' channel:
they'd bought the rights to Alex Gibney's excellent, heartbreaking, groundbreaking documentary, "Taxi to the Dark Side," then refused to air it.
Alex Gibney won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature for “Taxi to the Dark Side” in 2008 and Amy Goodman wrote an excellent piece in Truthdig about the film itself, Alex Gibney's Oscar acceptance speech, & the whole story of Discovery's refusal to air it. Excerpts :

"...Gibney got a surprise, though, from the Discovery Channel, the television network that had bought the TV rights to the film. He told me: “Well, it turns out that the Discovery Channel isn’t so interested in discovery. I was told a little bit before my Academy Award nomination that they had no intention of airing the film, that new management had come in and they were about to go through a public offering, so it was probably too controversial for that. They didn’t want to cause any waves. It turns out Discovery turns out to be the see-no-evil/hear-no-evil channel.”

The Oscar ceremony was bereft of serious mention of the war, until Gibney rose to accept his award. He said: “Thank you very much, Academy. Here’s to all doc filmmakers. And, truth is, I think my dear wife Anne was kind of hoping I’d make a romantic comedy, but honestly, after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition, that simply wasn’t possible. This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us: Dilawar, the young Afghan taxi driver, and my father, a Navy interrogator who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light. Thank you very much.”

(ABOVE ALL READ THIS PARAGRAPH)
The Discovery Channel is owned by John Malone, the conservative mogul who owns Liberty Media, one of the largest media corporations on the planet. Malone is famous for his complex business deals that involve spinning off media properties with stock offerings that net him millions. He also has just gotten approval to swap his extensive stock holdings in News Corp., Rupert Murdoch’s empire, for control of Murdoch’s DirecTV satellite television system. When Discovery told Gibney they would not be airing “Taxi to the Dark Side,” Malone and Murdoch were awaiting approval for the DirecTV deal from the Bush administration’s Federal Communications Commission. (It was approved on Monday, the day after the Oscars.)

The film traces the final days of a young Afghan man, Dilawar (many Afghans use just one name), who was arrested in 2001 by the U.S. military and brought to the hellish prison at Bagram Air Base. Five days later, Dilawar was dead, beaten and tortured to death by the United States military. Gibney obtained remarkable eyewitness accounts of Dilawar’s demise from the very low-level soldiers who beat him to death. We see the simple village that was his lifelong home and hear from people there how Dilawar had volunteered to drive the taxi, which was an important source of income for the village.

Dilawar had never spent the night away from home. His first sleepover was spent with arms shackled overhead, subjected to sleep and water deprivation, receiving regular beatings, including harsh knee kicks to the legs that would render his legs “pulpified.” He had been fingered as a participant in a rocket attack on the Americans, by some Afghans who were later proved to be the attackers themselves. Gibney uses the tragic story of Dilawar to open up a searing and compelling indictment of U.S. torture policy from Bush and Cheney, through Donald Rumsfeld and the author of the infamous “torture memo,” now-University of California Berkeley law professor John Yoo. "
 

Agnes H. (144)
Monday April 12, 2010, 9:41 pm
If this programme ever comes to Oz that network showing it will have to do with one less viewer as I'll not watch it whatever the others say. To ler an animal killer host a show about Wildlife is unheard of!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 19, 2010, 8:00 pm
Another reason not to get cable or satellite tv, ever.
 

. (0)
Monday April 19, 2010, 8:07 pm
Actually, nita, my directv contract doesn't require that I watch Palin or Limbaugh or Beck - or any other idiot. I have the right to watch National Geographic or MSNBC or PBS. It's an amazing arrangement.

If I did have to watch Palin, they'd have to pay ME.
 
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