By Carl Safina
Posted: January 15, 2012 7:42pm
Well, people, what an incredibly long drop it’s been since the electrifying National Geographic TV specials of my youth, whose mere opening theme notes would raise the hair on my neck.
It seems almost like the scenario of a post-apocalyptic surrealist satire, unimaginable just a few years back: National Geographic Channel has been bought out by Fox, is “joint-venturing” with the disgraceful and disgraced Rupert Murdoch, and creating programming to push Bill O’Reilly’s books. And, well — National Geographic Channel will be killing endangered species for entertainment.
They’ve just announced the new unscripted show: Wicked Tuna.
Awesome, eh? Already, we have: a smiling face and a dead, rather small, bluefin tuna.
Here, in 2012, I find the premise revolting. Despicable.
And therefore, it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser as National Geographic Channel aims to lead in Cable’s race to the bottom….
Please read the whole thing here.