Fights, blood, cursing PLUS a handcuffed man urinates in his pants while sitting in the backseat of a police car

All new from the National Geographic Channel:

Here’s John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society, reassuring a national radio audience in March 2012 that he’s aware of the problem with National Geographic’s trashy TV programming, and that the problem is being addressed by the Channel’s new management team:

Here’s Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns the National Geographic Channel:

Simulated bestiality & a tick on a man’s penis

Here’s a new National Geographic TV show
about a woman getting dry humped by a dolphin:

Here’s a new National Geographic TV show
about a man with a tick on his penis:

Here’s John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society, reassuring a national radio audience in March 2012 that he’s aware of the longstanding problem with National Geographic’s trashy TV programming, and that the problem is being addressed by the Channel’s new management team:

Here’s Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns the National Geographic Channel, laughing all the way to the bank.

John Fahey rarely gives interviews.
But this type of programming raises all sorts of questions.
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Watch as National Geographic’s family-friendly brand continues its breathtaking implosion, while a powerful media magnate laughs all the way to the bank

Daddy, did you see those two ladies?
Why are they dressed up like puppies?
And why is one of the ladies on a doggie leash?

 

For details on how much money 
the National Geographic Channel is generating
by slapping our Society’s good name on its tabloid fare, 

please see Our Society, by the numbers.

Divide & conquer

When the Hutterites raised their voices in protest against 
the National Geographic Channel’s new reality TV series
Meet The Hutterites,
what was the response of the production team?

Locate the institutional divide at National Geographic,
and drive a wedge into it:
 

National Geographic TV producer Jeff Collins: “This has played out exactly as I hoped it would.”

Here’s Jeff Collins, executive producer of Meet the Hutteries,
in a blog post on his website in May:

Here are some of the Hutterites,
expressing their deep regrets
about their participation in this so-called “documentary”:

And here’s Jeff Collins again,
less than three months later,
surveying the controversy and all the damaged lives:

John Fahey rarely, if ever, gives interviews.
But we’re requesting one — partly to ask him this question:
Why is the National Geographic Society
silent during this media mugging?

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Why people hate the media…

… and how that’s affecting the National Geographic Society.




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≡   The “winners have parties, losers have meetings” quote from David Lyle can be found here.
≡   The tweet from Jeff Collins is here.
≡   The Associated Press (via NPR) story is here

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp continues its relentless pistol-whipping of the National Geographic Society

James Fox: “I know how disappointed all of you are. I am too. It’s not the show that was sold to both myself and scientist Ben. Two months into it, we were off to a great start; good locations, solid witnesses and some opportunities for Ben to apply his field research as a geologist at some crash sites. Very exciting stuff. Unfortunately, when we actually got out in the field, we began to realize that they were more interested in poking around at night than allocating the time necessary during the day as, apparently (so we were told), Americans love watching others sneak around at night from the comfort of their couches. For the most part, it was gratuitous nighttime baloney. … I promise I’ll either quit or change my position within the show because at least I can make it all make some sense. The show does get a bit better further down the road, but not a lot. … My credibility and reputation has, deservedly, taken a serious hit.

Ben McGee: “When we were brought onboard, the project certainly had a much harder inclination than its final realization, and as a career scientist, I was excited that NatGeo was at the helm (unaware of their desire for a major shift in programming flavor). Our intentions were very sincere. … James and I both had expectations and (for our own reasons) hopes of an ultimately serious product. We both saw the project heading in a different direction as time went on and were powerless to influence it. Injecting science into mainstream media is also problematic, and I am suffering heat in my own circles for the lack thereof on the show.

Fox and McGee wrote their comments on the Facebook page of New York Times best-selling author Leslie Kean.

NatGeo put up a brave face and tried to spin the criticism, suggesting what the two stars said could be taken out of context. …

According to National Geographic, “Chasing UFOs” has been the highest-rated Friday night series on the channel since 2009. …

Read the whole thing here.

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Erin Ryder, the third star of Chasing UFOs,
hasn’t yet made a similar public statement.
But she did just pose for Maxim:

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For the National Geographic Channel:

“Deplorable”

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≡  Read the New York Times review here.
≡  Read the Los Angeles Times review here.  

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.

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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.

 

Killing a respected media brand, one cut at a time

by Melanie Gosling
Environment Writer

CapeNature has slated National Geographic’s Big Baboon House documentary as “shocking” and strongly condemned it for encouraging baboons to raid a house for food.

And the head of UCT’s Baboon Research Unit, Justin O’Riain, is furious that National Geographic has spliced into the television series sections of an interview with him, although he had told producers he would not be part of the “unethical” documentary. …

Read the whole story here.

 

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