With America’s historical statues and monuments being desecrated and destroyed, and military bases considering name changes, it’s difficult to say when this vomit-inducing roller coaster of history editing will screech to a halt. If it ever does.
Movies such as “Gone With the Wind” are adding disclaimers and cutting scenes. Street names are changing, flags are being altered, and now, even television networks are telling us what we can and can’t watch from the very comfort of our own homes.
For the greater part, reality TV shows are fake. A survival contestant on “Naked & Afraid” once overheard loud music and laughter from a house just up the hill from where he was supposedly starving and fearful of being eaten by a wild mountain lion.
Another contestant stole a bag of chips from a nearby hunting shack she stumbled upon as she hiked where no man has ever been. And if you believe anything tooting from the balloon-butted Kardashians, seek immediate help. Or how about that renegade family courageously carving out a life in the Alaskan wilderness? Never mind…
This is not to imply that all reality shows are this way. Au contraire. Because one show is “too” realistic by showing us real life as it’s happening, in our best interest, network executives have pulled, “Live PD.”
Let’s look at this. Because reality TV stars are carefully programmed to say just the right things at just the right times, we’re allowed to watch their every move. How cute. However. Allowing anyone to observe the actual reality of the lawlessness taking place on our neighborhood streets, is strictly taboo. Go figure…
But let’s look even closer. Could it be the show’s cancellation was in reality a clever ploy to make sure America doesn’t get witness the good stuff? The overall ‘lack’ of police brutality and racism everyone is swearing exists? Think about this while we move ahead.
The network canceled the show directly on the heels of Paramount canceling their long-running popular series, “Cops.” Yet another case of unwarranted media self-imposed censorship. “Don’t let them see the danger law enforcement faces, around-the-clock.”
CNN news anchor, Brianna Keilar, and “Live PD” host Dan Abrams, recently cracked skulls over any networks right to enact their own censorship rules, which exactly what A&E Network did by canceling Abram’s show. A wildly popular show at that. Who hasn’t watched a least a few episodes?
In Keiler’s liberal brainwashed mind, the show is nothing more than mindless entertainment. We’re only seeing the petty crimes they want us to see, while behind the scenes is an entirely different story. That’s where the actual reality is.
Abram’s, who is also “Live PDs” executive producer, told Keiler he was sure the program would make it back on the air. He told her he had met with the powers at A&E to discuss his objection to their opinions and left the meeting with confidence.
Keiler, waiting for just the right moment to extract her claws, pounced on a May 2019 episode where suspect Javier Ambler, died in police custody. Recently discovered bodycam footage, which the network never released, shows Ambler struggling to breathe.
She struck her target by asking, “Police come off looking good in a lot of these videos… why was the video in the Javier Ambler case destroyed?” A question Abram’s easily answered.
Abram’s very calmly explained to the poor little snowflake how it is not the intention of the show to become an arm for law enforcement. For this purpose, all footage is destroyed after 30 days. It’s a TV show. Not a record storage facility of past crimes.
He followed up the explanation with, “Looking back on it, do I wish ‘Live PD’ had retained it? Yeah. But the policy was put in place for the exact opposite reason that people are suggesting now.”
“Did ‘Live PD ever consider having an exception when people die?” Keilar asked Abrams. who answered, “there should have been,” but it’s the policy of the network to not show deaths on the air. Abrams believes viewers are entitled to witness the good, the bad, and the ugly, for the sake of realism.
The argument ensued with no real clear cut winner. It’s hard to debate a turnip. It remains to be seen if A&E will cave into their viewer’s demands to bring the program back, at least in the immediate future. And if it does come back, we’re likely to see some action we’ve not been privy to in the past. At least if Abrams gets his way. And we hope he does.