VA Joe.com was contacted by Jessie Findlay over at Nickelodeon recently with this announcement. Help spread the word!
"The Nickelodeon news series “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” is looking for kids of soldiers currently home from deployment who are willing to be interviewed about the readjustment process. We’re looking for a few well-spoken kids around 11 to 15 years old to talk about how life has changed now that Mom/Dad has come home - particularly those dealing with a physical injury, divorce or PTSD. This show will recognize that war affects whole families, acknowledge the sacrifices of American troops and their families - especially their kids, and portray the good feelings that come with being reunited. Filming will be completed by the end of February.
Interested families please contact Coordinating Producer Jessie Findlay at Lucky Duck Productions - 212-463-0029 ext. 153 or firstname.lastname@example.org. "
Keep in mind that "Nick News" is the same show that gave us "Rebels with a cause", showcasing children who are protesting the war andimplying that military members are torturing Middle Easterners and killing children.
Just as AWTM said, "This Nickelodeon "news program", is not a news program. It is a leftist primer on how to be a "left-wing radical REBEL".
And now they are back at it, digging for the families that are experiencing difficulties with the readjustment period following a deployment. Lovely. It's easy to see, based on the statement "particularly those dealing with a physical injury, divorce or PTSD", that they are looking to highlight the worst-case scenario rather than giving a broader picture of ALL families that go through this process.
Yes, the readjustment process can be tough, difficult to navigate, and challenging. Moreso if you add in any kind of injury, PTSD, or marital difficulties. But focusing solely upon those families only gives the impression that ALL military families are facing these same difficulties and that it is PURELY a result of the deployment (and, while the injuries sustained in combat are purely the result of the deployment, other challenges may have had roots that were established BEFORE the deployment). It is a slanted and unfair picture of the experiences of military families.
I am surprised that this made it past the staff at VAJoe.com and hope that they are reevaluating their support - tacit or otherwise - of this program and Ms. Ellerbee. I've sent off an email to VAJoe.com but have not heard back. I also sent off letters to Nickelodeon, Viacom, and Hasbro (their biggest advertiser) about the "Nick News" program and never heard back from any of them either so I'm not all that surprised.
AWTM has heard back from them and hopefully this will not only help to get word out to military families about this program and Ms. Ellerbee but hopefully it will also get VAJoe.com's attention and cause them to rethink their involvement with such an organization.
And this just reinforces my decision to remove Nickelodeon from our television programming in this house. We won't be back.
UPDATE: Bill O'Reilly has picked up on AWTM's post (see "O'Round the World", about 1/2 way down the page on the left...go to the 2nd page of that section).