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Ioo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:13 PM
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Has "History Channel" become nothing but Jesus Central?
I mean most of the shows are not just pro Jesus, many say the right wing is nuts to buy this shit, but man it is all about the bible...

I need my WWII Fix, that was what the stood for!
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:15 PM
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1. The do a lot of Desert Storm/Shock and Awe and Hitler too.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:15 PM
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2. I had come to believe it was all WWII all the time :(
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:16 PM
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3. i used to call it "The Hitler Channel"
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:17 PM
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5. LOLOLOL!!!!!
:rofl: See below... :rofl:

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MisoWeaver Donating Member (99 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:43 PM
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19. I used to call it the Hitler Channel too!
I tought it was just me.
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Ioo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:09 PM
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23. That is why I said I was missing my WWII fix!
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:26 AM
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34. That is exactly the same thing my hubby calls it
either the Hitler Channel or the Nazi Channel

All Hitler, all the time.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:17 PM
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4. LOL! I used to call it the "Hitler Channel"
Now I call it the "Jeebus/Armageddon/UFO Channel." :D

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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:18 PM
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7. My kids and I still do (Hitler channel)
The History Channel has been a big disappointment to me.
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finecraft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:32 PM
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10. During the week it's the "Engineering Channel"
It's like the giant mechanical equipment sideshow. "Come One...Come All! See how the amazing giant trucks and giant bulldozers moving giant houses and giant piles of dirt! Learn how giant gears and giant winches work!" Geeze...no wonder student's history scores suck.

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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:38 PM
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13. Sadly, "Mega-Movers" is probably the best show on these days.
I used to like the History Channel, but now they mostly put on those crappy UFO and Nostradamus/bible shows. :(

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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:25 AM
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35. Well, how much can you really say about Punic Wars?
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 10:36 AM by Tesha
Well, how much can you really say about Punic Wars? Or the High
Middle Ages? Or cuneiform writing and its effects on Phoenician
commerce?

Wouldn't you really rather hear about megatrucks crushing Toyota
Priuses?

Tesha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punic_Wars
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Middle_Ages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuneiform_script
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenicia
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:29 AM
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36. I watch History International, so I can tell you all about the pharaohs
...but hardly anything about modern day Egypt.

I saw something about Nasser and the Suez Canal once, but other than that... :shrug:

As far as I know, Egypt didn't exist between about 100 AD and 1930. (yes, I know it did, but I know nothing about it).


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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:18 PM
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6. I miss that show where they re-enacted ancient battles
with computer animation and that guy told you all sorts of interesting anecdotes and factoids. I love stuff like that.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:24 PM
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8. That's on History International now.....
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:41 PM
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17. They recently did the
Napoleon battle with the British and it was awesome. Very informative.
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Kickoutthejams23 Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:24 PM
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9. I too call it the Hitler channel.
But history international has better shows about ancient armies and civilizations.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:32 PM
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11. They still have good programming
Not 'round the clock, mind you, but their "Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" was a treat, and I have enjoyed their multi-part series on the American Revolution.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:32 PM
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12. The History Channel is kinda wierd in some ways....
As if they are eternally searching for their identity. They can't really seem to the grasp the concept of variety being more entertaining than focusing almost completely on a single theme.

So for a while, we get lots of religion stuff. Then they get bored and move on to their next theme du jour. Could be Military advances, could be ancient civilizations, or anything.

I'll be the first to admit I'm looking for edutainment on the History Channel. But that quirkiness of their theme obsession makes it a completely worthless channel to me.
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The Revolution Donating Member (497 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:38 PM
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14. They have had a lot of bible-related things on recently
But I think that has a lot to do with the poplularity of "The Da Vinci Code". Eventually they'll go back to more hitler-related things :)

I watch the channel quite a bit though, and they do still have some good stuff on. I've been watching the series on the American Revolution that they've been running this summer, which has been pretty good.
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:39 PM
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15. Ya'll are right about the "Hitler Channel" name
It is all about WWII; Hitler, Hitler Youth, Rommel, Patton, Hitler, Rommel, Mengele, Patton, etc. I was wondering if it the WWII Channel.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:40 PM
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16. Either Jesus or war.
There was a time that there was actual history on it besides those two subjects.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:44 PM
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20. That's just it, history is so incredibly varied, yet most of what we get..
...from the history channel is war and religion. It's not a particular favorite of mine.
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Lady Effingbroke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:42 PM
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18. Pretty much all of them are Jesus Central, although
the Hitler History Channel is the worst in that regard.

I have noticed that History International, Discovery, Discovery/Times, National Geographic, and A&E all have really stepped up the programming relating to various religious topics. Even the Science Channel will have a religion-related show on from time to time (Science of the Bible).

About the only channel of that genre that doesn't offer religion-related shows (as of yet) is Animal Planet.

I have no doubt it's on the way, though. Meerkat Manor on the Mount, anyone?

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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:55 PM
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21. Thank Goodness for PBS
Discovery still seems good, at least when I see it. History okay, but too many gun shows and Modern Marvels, seem like ads for big industry. But A&E is the biggest disapointment: Dog The Bounty Hunter, Inked, Cold Case Files, Flip This House, etc. These are not the kind of shows that I would call art, but maybe entertainment. The problem with these channels is that the conservatives cite them as alternatives to public broadcasting. Nobody runs the kind of programming that public does.
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Lady Effingbroke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:00 PM
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22. Hi Mendocino! Welcome to DU!
:hi:

I absolutely cannot stand Dog the Bounty Hunter. It reminds me of how rude, crude, and crass we have become as a nation.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:00 PM
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26. Every time I turn on PBS, it's either war, religion, or doo-wop. n/t
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:04 AM
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32. Hi Mendocino!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:33 AM
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37. "Tonight on 'Modern Marvels': Dust -- the amazing particle that..."
"Tonight on 'Modern Marvels': Dust -- the amazing particle that changed
civilization!

"From its first appearance in Genesis to the Dust Bowl Days of the
'30s, dust is the little particle with the big effect on civilization.
Find out tonight how dust not only created your life but still affects
it today!"

Tesha
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:58 PM
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40. Thanks for the welcomes!
Perhaps I was a little too hasty in praising Discovery. Today I got home from work, read a little , cooked supper, cleaned up, then took the dog on a long walk, got home, turned the TV on. Discovery had Biker Build Off. Okay then, maybe A&E...Driven(about a family of car racers), History then... No thanks, a Jebus program, okay I'll try The Learning Channel... Miami Ink... about tatoos.

Even PBS had a somewhat lame program about the car that was used in a Grace Kelly/Cary Grant movie(To Catch A Thief).

Tomorrow I walk the dog earlier so I can catch Jon and Steven.


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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:11 PM
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24. Last time I watched the History channel, it was about drug law in the US.
It looked well-researched and informative to me.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:18 PM
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25. Yup! That Jesus Shit Is Everywhere
Makes me sick ....
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:01 PM
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27. If they're trying to get us to stop watching TV altogether, they're
doing a good job.
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pazuzu Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:32 PM
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30. But Jeebus is coming back any day now!
The medis wants us to be ready.
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:11 PM
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28. I know, I haven't seen a good Hitler or Stalin show in ages now. I'm
just glad it quit being the Civil War Station, and frankly, I'm getting tired of the Revolutionary War channel and the Jesus channel...how about something else, too, or give us Hitler and Zhukov back!
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:30 PM
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29. I saw that, too.
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 09:30 PM by Zhade
Haven't watched the right-trending History Channel in years. When I went to pick up lunch, it was on the tv, talking about oil and its applications throughout history.

In passing, they mention - as if this were established historical fact, and not a myth that may indeed never have happened and has pretty much no evidence supporting it - that NOAH USED IT ON THE ARK.

:wtf: When did the History Channel stop using the accepted scholarly standards of what constitutes history?

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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:12 AM
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38. Zhade, you're kidding, right?
Right?

They said that Noah used oil on the ark? For what? The engine??? :eyes:
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Phoonzang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:33 PM
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31. They tend to have cycles...
They have a bunch of bible stuff for a week, then WWII, then pirates, etc, etc. You could always turn to the Military Channel, all they talk about is WWII.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:23 AM
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33. Yes. This appears to be "Rome Week"....
Check out the evening schedule: www.historychannel.com/global/listings/listings_weekly....

History International also has some interesting shows: www.historyinternational.com/global/listings/listings_w...

Many of the "religious" shows look at archaeology, history & legend. And they often reach conclusions that would displease Fundamentalists. Let's not forget that War & Religion are popular subjects. That was true long before TV.

(Another popular Topic Of the Week: Mummies! Egypt, of course. Plus Peru. Not to forget the Kurgan burials of Central Asia. Surely, the Bog Bodies fit in here. And--who killed the Iceman?)



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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:16 AM
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39. the wingnuts' three favorite subjects
Hitler (the prototype for every repuke president since Eisenhower retired)

Jesus (they'd rather have quasi-religious TV bullshit on in the background than read the bible)

propaganda (the glorious "victory" of Desert Storm, Saddam was evil, etc.)
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