Are there really people who think what “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar did is no reason to cancel theirÂ favorite show? Yes, and see their reasons why.
According to reports â€“Â including a police reportÂ â€“ published by In Touch magazine, “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar, as a teen, sexually molested five girls, including his sisters. He issued a formal statement and apology Thursday, offering no push back or disagreement on any details published by the media, and those details were graphic and ugly.
TLC, the cable network which airs “19 Kids and Counting,” Thursday night ran a marathon of the Duggar family’s shows, in what could be one of the most inept, tone-deaf, and slow-to-respond moves ever.Â
The show, on the air since 2008 has developed a strong base of conservative Christian fans who see the Duggar family’s chosen lifestyle as referable to modern-day American society.
And those fans are outraged.
“NOOOOOO! Everybody makes mistakes. I sure wouldn’t want the world to know everything I did at 15. Have a forgiving heart!,” wrote one fan on Facebook. That comment in just one hour got 4220 likes.
“WHAT!!!!!!!! It’s my FAVORITE SHOW!!!,” a comment followed by four frown emoticons, but one that received 2490 likes.
“Wow. I won’t be watching TLC until this show is returned. What a low blow.” 5482 likes.
“Well then I will no longer watch TLC… Praying for this family. Bless.” 254 likes.
Meanwhile,Â former Arizona televangelist Joshua Feuerstein added his thoughts to the Facebook post as well. Feuerstein is theÂ man who last month made headlines after heÂ posted a video of himself calling a Florida bakery asking for an anti-gay cake. The baker refused, and received death threats.
“I will ALSO MAKE SURE that EVERY ONE OF MY 1.2 MILLION FOLLOWERS never watch your stupid channel again!!Â #TeamDuggars,” he wrote.Â Feuerstein actually does have 1.2 million Facebook fans. He then created a Team Duggars Facebook page.
Others were equally enraged, like this fan who wrote 297 words to express her upset:
You’ve lost my family! I will NOT be watching TLC anymore! Shame on you for not standing behind the Duggars!!! I’m outraged!! Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The enemy using the media to destroy this influential and amazing christian family!! I am heartbroken!!!!! It’s the only show that I truly enjoy watching. I use to love messy reality tv shows like Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, and I was even guilty of watching Long Island Medium…. But the ONE show that I love and the ONE reality tv family that I adore is being cancelled because of this… If the world knew what Lil Wayne has done, the world KNOWS that OJ Simpson is a murderer, and Bill Clinton is an adulterer. And out of all of them… Josh is the ONLY one who openly ADMITTED to it with a very sincere heart!! But that’s okay with America for people to do certain things because they aren’t moral people to begin with but because the conservative Christian Duggar family are moral people, everyone wants them off the air! And yet more and more trashy television shows air on my tv screen daily… I’m upset!! Mad mad mad!! Josh has already lost his job and has been shamed by so many people!! Yes, I’m emotional about this. You may not like their conservative views, but how on earth are they hurting anyone? If you don’t like them, don’t watch them! Everywhere else we turn today sex, nudity and drugs are plastered… That can corrupt a kid, a conservative family, can’t corrupt! He was a KID, it happened, he dealt with it, he admitted to it, let it go! It was 12 years ago!!
“Excuse me but this happened TWELVE years ago. The family sought God – Josh sought forgiveness and they gave that to him. You just lost a long time viewer of TLC here. I refuse to watch ANYTHING on your show now.”
“That is ridiculous!!!!!!!! It’s the BEST show on tv!!! With some of the stuff you show you’re going to take The Duggars off????? ALL teenagers do stuff thats wrong. Are you kidding me?????? I will NEVER watch anything on tlc!!!!”
Sadly, what none of these fans seem to realize is that what Duggar did is a crime, and in fact, reportedly included several felonies. Also, Josh’s mother Michelle Duggar, admitted that Josh was not sent away for Christian counseling, as reported, but instead that summer was sent to a live with family friend to help him with his home remodeling business.
There are real victims in this story. Josh Duggar isn’t one of them. Nor are any reality TV show fans.
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Trump Is a Threat to Democracy – Even if He Loses: Signorile
This article first appeared in Michelangelo Signorile’s Substack newsletter. To see the article in its original location or to subscribe, click here.
Here we’ve been for almost four years, worried that Donald Trump will destroy us if he wins re-election in two weeks.
But what about if he clearly and decisively loses? Prepare yourself for the fact that none of us is going to be able to take a vacation — even if he does accept the loss and vacates the White House in January.
Right now, Trump is projecting an air of invincibility. “We are going to win,” he told his campaign staffers yesterday. Later he told reporters, “I’m not running scared. I think I’m running angry. I’m running happy and I’m running very content ’cause I’ve done a great job.”
But this seems like damage control meant to stop the media from continuing to focus in on his rallies over the weekend, in which he pondered what would happen if he lost (“Maybe I’ll have to leave the country”) and begged suburban women for their votes (“Suburban women, please like me”).
According the Associated Press, quoting three campaign and White House officials, “Trump himself has alternated between disbelief and anger at the idea that he could lose to a candidate whom he views as washed up and incompetent.”
He’s freaking out. Even Trump, who often seems so out of touch with reality, sees what’s happening quite clearly. My hunch is that he knows it’s highly unlikely that he can turn things around this late in the game by switching positions, reaching out to women and people of color and others he’s losing badly, since voters are locked in and many despise him. And if he even tries, he’ll depress and possibly enrage his own base.
Another politician in such dire straits might just take that chance — certainly we’re seeing some GOP senators doing that, moving away a bit from Trump, though it’s likely far too late — but for Trump, a loss of support among his base after his re-election bid failed would be a loss of what he sees as a protective mass movement that will do anything for him.
Trump has got to be worried about investigations and prosecutions, and would no longer have the Justice Department, the military or the pardon power to wield as tools. And even if he tries to pardon himself for any crimes, which would ultimately go to the courts — or enacts the scenario his former fixer Michael Cohen envisions, in which he steps down in the lame duck, and Mike Pence briefly becomes president and pardons him — that won’t protect him from state charges.
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Trump Publicly Demands Bill Barr Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Joe Biden in Off-the-Rails Fox News Interview
In a wide-ranging and off-the-rails Fox News interview President Donald Trump is demanding Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to investigate his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, over Russian disinformation spread by his personal attorney and a conservative media outlet owned by his friend.
Trump told “Fox & Friends” Barr has “got to act” against the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden, insisting the Attorney General give credence to the disinformation before Election Day.
“We’ve go to get the Attorney General to act, and he’s got to act, and he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,” Trump demanded, before declaring, “we’re going to win the election.”
Fox News mentioned the letter sent to Barr by just 11 of the 198 House Republicans calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Bidens.
Overnight Politico reported: “More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.'”
On Fox & Friends, Trump says Bill Barr’s “gotta act” on the NY Post’s Hunter Biden stories, “and this has to be known about before the election.” pic.twitter.com/fjo4FEbVd6
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 20, 2020
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
‘Doubling’: CNN Hosts Visibly Unnerved After Hearing Doctor’s ‘Bleak’ New COVID Projections
CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota appeared unnerved after an infectious disease expert warned the country is about to experience “one of the darkest chapters in modern American history” thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Peter Hotez, the co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told CNN on Tuesday that the next three months were likely to be absolutely horrific when it comes to Americans’ health and well being.
Hotez began by offering a message of hope by saying that, by this time next year, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic should be much more under control.
However, he warned that things in the country are likely going to get worse in the meantime.
“As bad as it’s been it’s about to get worse,” he said. “And that’s based on projections about a fall/winter surge as people are indoors more… some of the projections just awful. We could be looking at a doubling of the number of deaths a week before the inauguration. This is tough stuff.”
Hotez said that the problem could get worse if Trump loses the election and then gives up even pretending to care about the virus.
“They haven’t really been very involved in creating a national response to begin with, I can only imagine what it’s like during that lame-duck session,” he said. “So people are going to feel abandoned. They’re going to feel on their own in what is going to be one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.”
At this point, CNN host Berman took a deep breath and said, “It’s pretty bleak.”
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