Jeff Collins, Confidence Man

Why do so many Hutterites at King Colony feel misled by Jeff Collins, the executive producer of Meet the Hutterites, a new series on the National Geographic Channel?

Because to persuade the Hutterites to participate in his so-called “documentary” — and to win their confidence — Jeff Collins took the good name of the National Geographic Society and performed some sleight-of-hand with The Brand:

{ Listen to the whole interview here. }

Compare Jeff Collins’ head fake (above) — in effect: the National Geographic Channel is like the Magazine on TV — with the following straight talk from John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society.

In this excerpt from an interview with On The Media‘s Bob Garfield, Mr. Fahey explains some critical differences between National Geographic, the iconic yellow-bordered magazine published by the Society — and the National Geographic Channel, which is majority owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp:

{ Listen to the whole interview here. }

The Hutterites would have been far better off hearing directly from John Fahey than from Jeff Collins.


P.S.: In his On The Media interview (above), John Fahey says the National Geographic Channel is now under new management. Here’s the Channel’s new Chief Executive Officer:

As the former head of the Fox Reality Channel, Mr. Lyle’s TV credits include: Battle of the Bods; My Bare Lady; Seducing Cindy; and Sex Decoy: Love Stings.

For more about David Lyle, see this, this, this, this, this, and this.


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