Reality television personality David Hester has sued Storage Wars for wrongful termination alleging that the A&E program rigs auctions and plants curios in lockers. Will they next tell us that Santa Claus isn’t real? It’s a sign of the times that a genre so obviously staged, coached, and scripted calls itself “reality” television. Think “Orange Drink.” In the words of that great green-toothed philosopher Johnny Rotten, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Reality television producers eventually discovered what their colleagues behind primetime dramas already knew: most everyday strangers aren’t so terribly interesting as to merit their own shows.
I watch Gold Rush. While two of the gold digging groups might be real, the third one, the group whith which the program began, is either totally inept or the problems are rigged. Nobody with an ounce of common sense is that stupid.
I thought about writing a book after the first season. Its working title would have been, "The five stooges go gold digging".
Which reality show do you watch and what might your reactions be?
Ok, I´ll admit to the guilty pleasure of enjoying "Duck Dynasty". Yes, I know that big warehouse isn´t really filled by just those five workers and I understand the family is playing to a stereotype, but they have all their teeth, most of them are college-educated, and that show is laugh-out-loud FUNNY.
We don´t demand the truth from our news shows or Politicians either. We just want to be entertained..or cared for. I sometimes wonder whether as a collective culture we deserve Freedom. Just look around. Our Country is in peril.
I watch Duck Dynasty to catch glimpses of Willie´s wife, who is a hottie! But much of what those guys do is staged for the cameras, even though it is amusing. Parade Magazine today has an item about moonshiners. I watched the show, first year, and didn´t believe it could be shown with the same participants this year, because they all would have been arrested when last year´s show was aired. And today the producer of moonshiners is hedging, talking about showing the ´process´ of moonshining. On Gold Rush, I do believe the guys from Oregon were actually that stupid. And the old guy missed one payment on a claim lease just as they reached the glory hole? I don´t think so. But I do hope Dakota Steve is a glorious failure. It gave me warm feelings when his house in North Dakota flooded. (he jumped the original 5 dumb guys claim.) And of that original group, Harness was the only one I would have hired, yet the group fired him. He kept them going for two years.
Oh Pleeze Daniel, I hope you get that corncob removed before it gets permenently set!
Like virtually all of Storage Wars watchers I know it´s a TV show not a scene from real life. It´s no different than almost every other show where you have to suspend belief. Storage wars is not that much different than Law and Order! It has "good" guys and "Bad" guys and sometimes they switch places to keep things interesting. It´s cheap to make, easy to sell to cable TV, and people watch it! So get off your high horse and go play with your fat cat buddies in Washington. Leave us poor proles alone to enjoy what little the government leaves us.
Happy happy happy Best reality show ever: Deadliest Catch. Current favorite comedy: Big Bang Theory. Favorite drama right now is Suits. If you need motivation for a day of house cleaning watch 5 minutes of Hoarders if you can stand it.
"Pawn Stars" is also staged, not a reality show. I personally know a guy who sold a car to them and not only did he not own the car, he´d never even seen it until the crew showed up to film the scene with the car in tow and fed him his lines including the price negotiation.
It makes me conclude that there is no such thing as a "reality TV show".
I love "Duck Dynasty," but have never thought it was real, except for Phil (the patriarch) who´s always talking about his sons and their "yuppie wives," makes cracks about kids playing on their phones and computer toys, and once told a grandson, "you need to go to Walmart and buy yourself a personality."
In the words of that great green-toothed philosopher Johnny Rotten, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
Quoting Johnny. I love it!
One question, though: In an article about the phoniness and faux deception of "reality" television, how did Flynn fail to even mention the kardashian drove? Evidence has shown - although it´s never been pursued - that the scene in which kim and her plastic mom discuss the possibility of divorce from her new and naive husband (who, by all accounts, was totally unsuspecting of the whole nuptual sham) was filmed BEFORE the wedding ever took place.
These shows are just fun, I guess. I don´t really believe Hotel Impossible and Restaurant Impossible are really accurate with their ridiculous imposed deadlines. They are just fun and don´t preach to me as much as some of my favorite shows such as The Good Wife and Law & Order.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
No, really! This much is clear: The Republican nomination fight will look more like the rigid, bracketed NCAA men´s basketball tournament than a free-for-all scrum. People can talk all they want about the dramatically different foreign policy philosophies of Chris Christie and Rand Paul, but that´s getting ahead of ourselves. Before that fight will happen in earnest, each man must win his "bracket." For Christie, that means defeating Marco Rubio. And for Paul, this means dispatching Ted Cruz. Someone will have to "own" the establishment vote, otherwise, establishment candidates will all split their vote and lose.
Back in the 1960s, dorm rooms across America featured a cutesy wall poster that read, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” The similar question to be asked in light of the big-nothing event this week in Washington is: “What if they gave peace talks and nobody cared?” You may not even know that so-called “peace negotiations” began yesterday between Israel and the Palestinians under the stage management of Secretary of State John Kerry. There was a time when you would have known — oh, would you have known.
Republican officials are grumbling that Liz Cheney passed up an opportunity to run in her adopted state of Virginia, leaving the party empty-handed as it searches for a challenger against Sen. Mark Warner. Instead of taking one for the Republican team, she´s sparked an intra-party war in Wyoming. And, some strategists say, her prospects would be slightly better running in a battleground state than waging a long-shot primary battle against a popular sitting senator. The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney grew up in Northern Virginia and lived there until last year. Her reputation as a hawk
The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people´s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient. While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban. The law, which would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces (473 ml), "violated the state principle of separation of powers," the First Department of the state Supreme Court´s Appellate Division said. The decision, upholding a lower court ruling in March that struck down the law,
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is giving back every tangible gift he received from a wealthy executive at the heart of a federal investigation, he said Tuesday. McDonnell has already returned the $120,000 in loans he has personally received from the owner of a dietary supplement company, Jonnie Williams Sr. Now, McDonnell will be returning everything else, including a Rolex watch he received from Williams, McDonnell said in his monthly radio interview on WTOP radio. Everything "from this particular donor," will be going back, McDonnell said. That includes a repayment for loans made
In 2011, Huma Abedin had support from her friends and Clinton associates when she decided to stay with her husband Anthony Weiner. The past week, that support has morphed into concern. Their worry is as much about what she is going through personally — a rapid turn from years of glowing media coverage of Abedin to front pages questioning her judgment — as it is about her decision to stand by and encourage politically a husband who some Democrats now believe is way past the point of redemption. Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide and the wife of a mayoral candidate-turned-national-joke,
No matter how much you may hope for it, it seems unlikely that you´ll be using the phrase "Senator Sarah Palin" with any great regularity in 2015. A new poll indicates that the former Alaska governor is about as popular in the state as Barack Obama — which is to say, not very popular at all. But even more surprising, while the former vice presidential candidate has made Alaska a central part of her public image, the state´s residents split on the question of whether Palin is all that Alaskan. Conducted by Public Policy Polling,
Anthony Weiner sat down with Daily News columnist Denis Hamill for a free-ranging one-on-one interview on Monday. Here are some excerpts of that conversation. * Q. So what kind of summer have you been having? A. Wild. To some degree it´s been exactly what I expected. To some degree, it´s been the most surreal experience of my life. The great unknown when I got into the race was whether I´d ever get the chance to talk to the citizens about the issues. I knew what the guys who write the wood (front page headlines) would want to talk about.
Are the wheels coming off the Weiner mobile? It certainly looks that way, after the campaign manager of the Anthony Weiner comeback tour quit abruptly over the weekend, leaving the campaign rudderless with just six weeks until primary day. Against a tepid New York City mayoral field, Weiner rode a tsunami of media coverage into first place in some summertime polls, but this week has brought nothing but bad news for the Weiner campaign. On Tuesday, it was revealed that his illicit communications with women online continued after he quit Congress in a sexting scandal. The tabloids have been ruthless
Republican senators are nearly united in their response to Liz Cheney’s challenge to their low-key Wyoming colleague: We like Mike. That is Mike Enzi, the three-term senator from the Cowboy State who was otherwise on a glide path to reelection until the daughter of the former vice president recently announced she will challenge him in the 2014 GOP primary. Despite the clout of the Cheney name in Washington, nearly the entire Senate establishment is backing Enzi — moderates, conservatives and the Senate GOP leadership team. And that unity could help Enzi surmount a very bloody fight next year.
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
A year after resigning from congress over his first sexting scandal, Anthony Weiner claimed that he was a mellowed out new father working every day to be a better husband by doing chores around the house. "Every day since this has happened, I´ve tried to become a better person, a husband that Huma deserves and as good a father as I can be," Weiner told People Magazine in outtakes released Sunday from his now infamous July 18, 2012 interview. "I´ve explored every way to try to do those things and I´m committed to continuing on that path."
Anthony Weiner may have violated federal law when he failed to disclose his lavish six-figure wedding in his financial disclosure forms, says a government accountability group. Ethics watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center examined the federal Financial Disclosure Reports for both Weiner and long-suffering wife Huma Abedin for 2010, the year of their wedding. The cost for the ceremony was at least $100,000 but probably ran closer to $250,000 including all
Many low-income families receive government assistance to help them purchase food and housing. Diapers are another story, a new study suggests. In what they are calling the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, Yale University researchers have found nearly a third of mothers cannot afford to purchase their infants diapers, raising health risks for not only babies but for moms who become stressed over the finances. "Notably absent from the antipoverty efforts targeting families is an essential staple for the health of children, diapers," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Megan Smith,
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Mideast: The sequester has "cost jobs," says President Obama, and "gutted investments in education and science and medical research." But somehow he´s earmarked $500 million for Hamas terrorists. Circumventing Congress and with no fanfare, President Obama last week issued an executive order enabling him to send an additional $500 million directly to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — much of which you can bet will wind up going to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization. According to Obama, "it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of" Congress´ legislative restrictions "in
The mother of Trayvon Martin said Monday that she believed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law played a role in her son’s shooting death, but she wasn’t ready to support a boycott of the state for not changing the self-defense law. “The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder,” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, said at a National Bar Association event in Miami Beach. “I think we have to change these laws so people don’t get
A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some common diagnoses. (Snip) The group, which includes some of the top scientists in cancer research, also suggested that many lesions detected during breast, prostate, thyroid, lung and other cancer screenings should not be called cancer at all but should instead be reclassified as IDLE conditions, which stands for “indolent lesions of