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Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment, At TMV, Media, Society | 3 comments

Dr. Phil And The Lack Of Shame

As some of you may have read a couple is under investigation by federal authorities after going on national television to admit they and their children run a shoplifting scheme that earns them $ 100,000 a year. Now I think we could all admit that from time to time we are prone to catching a few minutes of a Jerry Springer kind of show. There is a certain car accident aspect to it. But to watch people admit to a criminal enterprise is a bit much for me.

As I listened to the story a few things struck me in particular.

1. The fact that these people would use their children to commit crimes, thus teaching them no morals.

2. The fact that Dr. Phil would bring them on the show and act like it’s just a story that these people are criminals

3. The fact that none of them considered the fact that by going on national TV to admit the crimes that it was just possible a cop somewhere might catch the show.

I am not sure which of the following bothers me more, but I do know that they all add up to a pretty sad state of affairs.

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  • archangel

    underage children? the link doesnt say. If underage, Dr. Phil, like the rest of us shrinks, is req. by law to report parents to child protection. First and foremost. Not have them on his show.


  • StockBoySF

    It would be hilarious if the police determined that the only reason that the family admitted to shoplifting is because they wanted the attention of being on Dr Phil’s show.

    Either Dr. Phil has reached the point where he only cares about his ratings, or he is brilliant and when this family is thrown in jail (if they did commit the crimes) the lesson that he will have taught is, “crime doesn’t pay.”

    I don’t know enough about Dr. Phil to make even an informed guess, but generally people with their own TV or radio shows like to talk and be the center of attention. The host’s need for attention coupled with the producer’s and station’s desire for more ratings it is a dangerous combination….

  • Silhouette

    Thank you for reminding me why I don’t watch daytime TV, or very little TV at all actually unless its educational or gut-splittingly funny [thank you Comedy Central].

    The gypsies have been doing this with the young’uns for millenia. It may even be older than the “oldest profession” actually. Doesn’t excuse the lack of morality but I’m just sayin’…

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