‘Everybody Makes Mistakes’: Furious Fans Threaten To Boycott TLC For Pulling ’19 Kids And Counting’
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.
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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
This afternoon, TLC finally announced on Facebook it was pulling all “19 Kids and Counting”Â episodesÂ in the wake of the Josh Duggar news. Not canceling, just pulling.
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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Debt Ceiling: McCarthy Faces ‘Lingering Anger’ and a Possible Revolt as Far-Right House Members Start Issuing Threats
As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to negotiate a deal to avoid a debt crisis, members of the far-right Freedom Caucus are growing furious with him over broken promises he made to them.
According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, with a slim GOP majority in the House, McCarthy is walking a tightrope to get a budget deal passed and may need help from House Democrats if members of his caucus refuse to go along with him.
As Benen points out, in order to win the speakership McCarthy agreed to an easier path for a motion to “vacate the chair” which could end his tenure as Speaker. That could come into play if the Freedom Caucus stages a revolt.
“… as the negotiations approach an apparent finish line, the House Republicans’ most radical faction is learning that it isn’t likely to get everything its members demanded — and for the Freedom Caucus, that’s not going to work,” he wrote in his MSNBC column.
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Citing a Washington Times report that stated, “[Freedom Caucus members] want everything from the debt limit bill passed by the House last month plus several new concessions from the White House,” Benen suggested far-right House Republicans are now issuing veiled threats.
In an interview, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated, “I am going to have to go have some blunt conversations with my colleagues and the leadership team. I don’t like the direction they are headed.”
With Politico reporting, “The [House Freedom Caucus] was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership,” Benen added, “If this is simply a matter of lingering ill-will from members who come to believe that GOP leaders ‘caved,’ the practical consequences might be limited. But let’s also not forget that McCarthy, while begging his own members for their support during his protracted fight for the speaker’s gavel, agreed to tweak the motion-to-vacate-the-chair rules, which at least in theory, would make it easier for angry House Republicans to try to oust McCarthy from his leadership position.”
Adding the caveat that he is not predicting an imminent McCarthy ouster he added, “But if the scope of the Freedom Caucus’ discontent reaches a fever pitch, a hypothetical deal clears thanks to significant Democratic support, don’t be surprised if we all start hearing the phrase ‘vacate the chair” a lot more frequently.”
Prosecutors Tell Trump They Have a Recording of Him and a Witness: Report
Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal trial have notified the ex-president’s attorneys they have a recording of him and a witness. The notification comes in the form of an automatic discovery form, CBS News reports, which “describes the nature of the charges against a defendant and a broad overview of the evidence that prosecutors will present at Trump’s preliminary hearing or at trial.”
CBS reports prosecutors have handed the recording over to Trump’s legal team.
It’s not known who the witness is, nor are any details known publicly about what the conversation entails, or even if it is just audio or if it includes video.
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According to the article’s author, CBS News’ Graham Kates, via Twitter, prosecutors say they also have recordings between two witnesses, a recording between a witness and a third party, and various recordings saved on a witness’s cell phones.
Manhattan prosecutors disclosed to Trump a recording of him and a witness in his criminal case. pic.twitter.com/EIz3bvpEkj
— Graham Kates (@GrahamKates) May 26, 2023
Trump is facing 34 felony counts in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case related to his allegedly unlawful attempt to hide hush money payoffs to a well-known porn star by falsifying business records to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.
See the discovery form above or at this link.
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‘Likely to Be Indicted Soon’: Trump Might Face Seven Different Felonies, Government Watchdog Says
It’s no secret the U.S. Dept. of Justice is investigating Donald Trump for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and for his likely unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return hundreds of documents with classified and top secret markings.
Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reported, “Special counsel Jack Smith has all but finished obtaining testimony and other evidence in his criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump mishandled classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.”
And while it’s unknown if or when Trump will be indicted, a government watchdog says the ex-president who is once again staging a White House run is “likely to be indicted soon.” The organization is offering details on what it claims could be seven felony charges he might face.
“The next criminal charges former President Donald Trump may face could well come from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s possession of nearly 300 classified documents — including some marked as top secret — at his Mar-a-Lago residence and business in the year and a half after he left office,” Betsy Schick and Debra Perlin of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) state in a lengthy report published Friday.
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“While Fani Willis’ Fulton County, Georgia investigation into election interference continues, as does a federal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and Alvin Bragg has already indicted Trump in New York for his role in false statements connected to hush money payments to Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) during the 2016 presidential campaign, an indictment by Smith in the Mar-a-Lago investigation would yield the first federal charges against the former president,” CREW notes.
“Trump may face charges ranging from obstruction of justice and criminal contempt to conversion of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.”
Here is a list of “possible crimes” Trump might be charged with, according to CREW:
Obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1519)
Criminal contempt (18 U.S.C. § 402)
False statements to federal authorities (18 U.S.C. § 1001)
Conversion of government property (18 U.S.C. § 641)
Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material (18 U.S.C. § 1924)
Removing and concealing government records (18 U.S.C. § 2071)
Gathering national defense information (18 U.S.C. § 793(e))
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CREW also offers that Trump’s attorneys may try to argue several different defenses, including:
No “knowing” removal
Deference to the intelligence community
Challenging the constitutionality of the Special Counsel regulations
Additionally, several reports this week also appear to suggest an indictment might be coming, and soon.
Citing a Washington Post report published Thursday, several top legal experts are predicting DOJ will charge Donald Trump, and those charges will include obstruction and violations of the Espionage Act.
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