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Re: My Cousin Kristi

Posted by moonshiner on October 05, 2005 at 16:47:58

In Reply to: Re: My Cousin Kristi posted by My cousin Vinnie on October 05, 2005 at 14:50:05:

Analysing and criticizing someone for how they look on a tv program is a bit over the top, don't you think? Surely you must realize a ton of editing goes into these programs, and particpants rarely have any editorial control or input. Unless a person is merely giving a well-rehearsed 10 second soundbite, television will often greatly distort or misrepresent that person's story or message in order to fulfill the producer's agenda. It wasn't too long ago that Jules was rightly upset about how she was portrayed in an NBC program, I think it was.

Before rushing to so quickly judge Jim based on a few seconds of film, did you consider the possibility that maybe the people behind the program skillfully selected shots of Jim that would purposely paint him in the negative light that you describe? Why would they do this? For dramatic effect. If there wasn't a rift between Jim and Kristi they wouldn't have ended up on Dr. Phil's show. And that rift had to obviously be conveyed to the audience visually, not just by words alone. TV is a visual medium after all. So it was in the producer's interest to make sure that Jim came across visually as cold and hard. In the end, tv programs are really about ratings and sponsors, in other words, commercialism, and nothing sells like sex and violence. It just seems to me that you are applying a double standard here by not giving Jim the benefit of the doubt that he may have been manipulated in the same way that Jules was.