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Discovery Channel Owes Its Viewers An Apology

Society & Culture  (tags: celebrity, entertainment, tv, ethics, dishonesty, shark week, sadness, family, society )

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Last night, I tuned in to watch the first entry in this year's sharkstravaganza: a documentary about one of the coolest megasharks ever, the prehistoric Megalodon. This thing was freaking huge, with teeth the size of an adult human's hand...


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Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:32 am
It's not right to make science up.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:37 am

Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, History Channel have all lost the edge of doing what they once did well. One these channel gave us an alternative from fiction and fantasy, now they are fiction and fantasy. The article for this from Scientific American was posted on Care 2 by the author yesterday.

JL A (281)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:42 am
I agree with Kit and am saddened at how many has transformed what should still be trustworthy factual educational programming.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:46 am
Kit and JL, I am so disappointed in the programming on these channels I could cry!

Diane K (134)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:46 am
That's disappointing news. Agree with all comments. Too bad for Discovery Channel their discovery was only a lie.

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 11:46 am
TY for "what is par for the course". What Kit said!

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 1:19 pm

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:36 pm
Thanks, Carrie. I have no regrets for not having a television any longer or a telephone. I only use electricity for on demand hot water and the Internet. It is liberating to feel disconnected.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:12 pm
Agree that Discovery has been a source for nature and science programming for years. My boys and I watced and enjoyed so many programs I couldn't begin to count. To have them do something like this is disappointing, to say the least. Read and noted with disgust at Discovery Channel. Thank you.

Laurie H (818)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:10 pm
Things in general are changing so fast our heads are spinning at times!!! Do we know what's real anymore on television??? I watch little to none these days & I know I'm Not Missing Anything!!~ Thanks so much Carrie!!~

Candy L (473)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:29 am
Beside that are they the ones that produced the add about shark week about releasing a seal with all the fan fair & out of nowhere comes this giant shark & we all know what happen to the seal. I did not like that commercial.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:54 am
Such a disappointment, I agree. I was shocked at some of the History Channel's offerings. Thank goodness for the independent news on the internet...

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:49 am
The trust they have build up over years has been lost in one day and it will take Discovery Channel years to regain that trust again. I watch Discovery Channel and most of its related channels relatively often because I like my science, history and nature and I never want to stop learning, but now it'll be from a different perspective. I know I'm going to question most of what I see now

With nearly 70% of Discovery Channel owned by Rupert Murdoch it was perhaps inevitable for this to happen.

Christina Carlson (17)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 7:13 am
Lona hit the nail on the head, I fear: "With nearly 70% of Discovery Channel owned by Rupert Murdoch it was perhaps inevitable for this to happen."
Goodbye good information, fascinating science and educational programming and welcome to the world of "infotainment". Unfortunately it qualifies more as entertainment than information and that information is increasingly murky and unreliable. Let the dumbing down of the population continue! Sharknados and Mermaids and alien autopsies, oh my!

. (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 7:19 am
Discovery Channel needs to present the truth.

Peggy A (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:01 am

Suzanne L (89)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:55 am
Kit, you said it. When I first began to receive History, Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet I nearly wept for joy that at last there was some engaging programming. Then, bit-by-bit they have all descended into a lot of drivel, with endless repetition of information being the mainstay of most shows. Either that, or a show is focused on the feigned excitement of the supposed experts. I have been shocked that Animal Planet has embraced anti-animal welfare programming. Damn! Every time I like something on tv it's either yanked or meddled with.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 1:15 pm
Couldn't agree more.

reft h (66)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 11:18 pm

Jen S (121)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 6:54 am
History, and History 2, Discovery have deteriorated beyond belief. The endless series of shows on aliens transcend credulity; I have no heard as much outright fabrication and conjecture presented as fact, though carefully phrased in conditional syntax in my life. (TO clarify, I don't believe or disbelieve in aliens dropping by until I see proof not created by Murdoch.) Rupert Murdoch destroys every business he touches and the non-fiction television I loved is his most recent victim.

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 4:44 pm
Noted! They do need to apologize!

Melania P (123)
Friday August 9, 2013, 3:02 pm
I totally agree with Kit! Those channels are not as they used to!!! Such a shame, I loved them!
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