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T Roosevelt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:35 PM
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WTF is with the Discovery Times channel?
Here's their schedule since at least 8pm (see if you detect a pattern):

8 The Real Saddam
9 Hunting Saddam: Wanted Dead or Alive
10 After Saddam
11 The Real Saddam
12 Hunting Saddam: Wanted Dead or Alive
1 After Saddam

2 Raising the Flag
(Past and present US occupations of countries abroad)

3 Super Sturctures
(show on Japan's newest airport)

4 The Real Saddam
5 Hunting Saddam: Wanted Dead or Alive
6 After Saddam
7 The Real Saddam
8 Hunting Saddam: Wanted Dead or Alive
9 After Saddam
10 Raising the Flag
11 Super Sturctures
12 The Real Saddam
1 Hunting Saddam: Wanted Dead or Alive
2 After Saddam
3 The Real Saddam
4 Hunting Saddam: Wanted Dead or Alive
5 After Saddam
6 Raising the Flag
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:38 PM
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1. Another History Channel
Usually have better stuff than this.

It does seem like they have theme days, ala History Channel.

Not a bad channel, but I'm far from impressed with this lineup.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:39 PM
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2. That's been their schedule since the channel's inception
The previous incarnation, Discovery Civilization, had its shortcomings as well, but was generally a good outlet, more or less what the History Channel should be rather than the Hitler/guns channel that the latter is 90% of the time. Since the NYT added its name, it might as well be the PNAC/Neocon channel.
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Nevernose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:55 PM
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6. The original title for "The History Channel"
Was "The World War Two Channel." Seriously. A&E was trying to capitalize on the popularity of its WWII shows.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:59 PM
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7. I generally call it the Hitlery Channel
but even now, they have their moments
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:40 PM
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3. Discovery and History Channels = Profit-driven pseudohistory
I use discovery and history channel shows to teach my students to think critically.

Most of the shows are sensationalized history tailored to the political and social conditions of present times. I show a Discovery show, and then I read an article from the Lancet or JAMA or peer-reviewed history periodicals, and then let my students point out Discovery's mistakes and sensationalism.

By the way, I have VERY SMART kids! There is hope, DUers!
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Flying_Pig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:44 PM
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4. "Discovery" Channel my ass. More like Propaganda Channel, ...and
they're not the only one.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:50 PM
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5. ever since they merged with the NYT, they've
been shills. It makes me sick. "Inside the Kill Box"?

As if.
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:03 PM
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8. I haven't watched in a while
has it really gotten that bad?

Yikes! Who would watch this shit?
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:04 PM
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9. Dont ask me
I don't watch that whistle ass propaganda channel. I'm still seething that they took away Discovery Civilization for this horseshit. I miss all the Egypt shows. :(
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:44 PM
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10. History Channel International
is somewhat better. It has a lot of foreign-made documentaries.
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