Members of the Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan march around the Madison County Courthouse in Canton, Miss., Saturday, May 29, 1999. About 40 members of the group conducted their "informational program" at the courthouse following their brief march. All the activities ended with no incident. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

We Are Not Surprised A&E Would Air KKK Fakeumentary

Of course they faked it. Garden variety racists would never do. It had to be cross-burning, hood-wearing, over the top, movie KKK racists.

From a young age, liberals are taught that social change occurs when people’s hearts are tugged one way or another, through revulsion, or moving stories. Facts are incidental. Emotions are supreme, so there must be a narrative. Such as it is with A&E’s ill-fated KKK fakeumentary.

Variety broke the story. (How often does Variety break a national story with political overtones? Kudos are due here.)

Originally scheduled to air Jan. 10, “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” was produced by Venice, Calif.-based production company This Is Just a Test.

The KKK leaders who were interviewed by Variety detailed how they were wooed with promises the program would capture the truth about life in the organization; encouraged not to file taxes on cash payments for agreeing to participate in the filming; presented with pre-scripted fictional story scenarios; instructed what to say on camera; asked to misrepresent their actual identities, motivations and relationships with others, and re-enacted camera shoots repeatedly until the production team was satisfied.

The production team even paid for material and equipment to construct and burn wooden crosses and Nazi swastikas, according to multiple sources including Richard Nichols, who is one of the featured subjects of the documentary series as the Grand Dragon of a KKK cell known as the Tennessee White Knights of the Invisible Empire. He also said he was encouraged by a producer to use the epithet “nigger” in interviews.

January 10th–ten days before President-elect Donald Trump takes his oath of office. Nice timing. It would have been gasoline on the fires of liberal “racism” cries, which litter daily newspapers and liberal news outlets. Every single epithet, potential “hate crime” or “white supremacy” story gets front-page treatment, whether the facts check out or not.

It’s just a given that Trump supporters are racists. All 62,979,879 of them. Even if Clinton won in liberal California by 4,269,978 votes, but only carried the national popular vote by 2,865,075–that only proves that the Electoral College is rigged because California should really have 93 EV’s instead of 55.

Yes, every state outside of California is overrun by the KKK. It’s the only possible explanation.

Not only did A&E and the show’s producers stage the “documentary,” they lied about it.

This show is not rehearsed or prepackaged,” said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of A&E and Lifetime told The Hollywood Reporter on Dec. 19. “These filmmakers knew that they weren’t going in making a reality show, they were making a hard-hitting series about a provocative subject.”

The purported quality of the program, originally known as “Generation KKK,” helped draw the support of organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change, which A&E publicized. But that didn’t keep “Generation KKK” from being accused on social media of providing a platform for a hate group. The network subsequently retitled the series, a decision Sharenow explained to Variety on Dec. 23 reflected its standing as a “pure documentary.”

They would have gone ahead and aired it, too, if they weren’t worried about the public learning that it was staged.

“A&E learned last night from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments — which we currently understand to be nominal — were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access,” read a statement issued by the network.

The cancellation occurred less than 24 hours after this reporter contacted several producers at TIJAT with the allegations contained in this story. Those same producers, according to multiple KKK members who participated in the documentary, subsequently warned them not to speak to this reporter if contacted.

For shame.

This isn’t the first time liberal narratives have colored a documentary (and it won’t be the last). Back in May, Katie Couric and EPIX released “Under the Gun“–a gun-control supporter’s dream that was conveniently edited to support their narrative. WaPo media reporter Erik Wemple called them out for such brazen lies.

And of course, the corollary is that other narratives must be suppressed.

The “Gosnell Movie” was produced and filmed entirely through crowdfunding: $2.3 million raised on Indiegogo. But you won’t see A&E, or any other media group, air it. It’s basically untouchable.

Liberals will continue their virtue-signaling about “fake news” while they continue to pump out entire fake documentaries, and suppress the truth when it doesn’t fit their world view. It’s brazen intellectual dishonesty.

Serious kudos to Variety and reporter Nate Thayer (who is no fan of Trump, and no KKK apologist–just read his blog) for stopping this particularly awful show from dropping on Americans.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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