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Old April 28th 08, 10:20 PM posted to alt.child-support
Dusty[_2_]
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Default FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men

David R. Usher
FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men
April 24, 2008

I was astonished to see that FOX Television, in its nauseating quest for
ever tawdry reality-TV shows, plans to turn the problems of poor fathers
into an extermination in the Fox Colosseum.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox tagged Jim Durham, Director of the
"National Child Support Center", as the leading lion of the event.
Interestingly, this organization does not exist. The real name of the
company Durham runs is named "National Child Support" (NCS). The NCS is not
a national or official organization - it is a private for-profit fee-based
collections agency located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their website cannily does
not identify Durham on its website, but Zoominfo tagged the truth.

Both Fox and Durham lied about the name of the company, appending "agency"
to the name apparently to confer a false appearance of governmental
authority upon Fox's assault on poor or underemployed fathers. When folks
start out lying about who they are, the future is predicable.

Private child support collections agencies are in trouble these days. Their
fees are extremely high - 25% to 40% of the amount collected - with
additional "administrative" fees often attached. Even women's advocates do
not want private agencies to have access to government records to prevent
predation on custodial mothers. According to Reuters, Durham confesses to
charging 34%. There are many documented abuses of custodial mothers by these
"agencies". Now FOX is paying one to pillory often-innocent men in the
public arena.


For those unaware of the dynamics of the child support problem, understand
the following truths now.


Approximately 80% to 85% of men behind on support are poor or involuntarily
under-employed men unable to earn what some bureaucrat ordered them to earn.
Court orders commonly include "imputed income" to reflect what a judge
thinks the father should earn (which most often is equal to or more than
what the State was giving her in welfare). Child support orders are rigid,
and do not change with economic downturns.


In a 1999 study by the American Coalition for Fathers and Children of over
1,500 men in California who had suffered an employment setback, and who
attempted to get a modification of child support, only 5% of them were able
to get a modification. The other 95% of these men and their counterparts
everywhere are the plebians that Fox intends to drag into its Colosseum for
demolishment. In California, 80% of child support debtors are men earning
poverty-level wages, and one-quarter of the "debt" is interest.

Read: perhaps three-quarters of child support debt is illegitimate to begin
with. Fox has never done any investigative journalism about this, yet the
knuckle-dragging neanderthals at Fox feel it is lovely to turn the horrid
things government did to men and women into a gender war carnival.

The systemic problem is this: states hand out large sums of welfare
entitlements under TANF and other programs. This stimulates women to have
children out of wedlock or get a divorce because they think that government
will be a better provider. Very quickly women find out that her "baby daddy"
cannot support two households, and that she has to work full time and "do it
all" on less money.

This is what the "women's rights" movement inflicted on its own
constituency - simply out of well-known feminist hate for men and marriage.
America's feminist-government-complex entitled serial polyandry, found that
single-parent family economics are as impossible as granite blimps, and now
Fox wants to destroy men who for the most part never had a chance to marry a
woman, much less stay married.


The state then chases down the father, who in most cases did nothing wrong,
and imputes a support order to match what the state was paying, so the state
does not end up with a welfare problem in the future. These orders usually
are not based on what the father can afford to pay. I have seen many cases
where support is well over 100% of the fathers actual earnings.


Casual readers may not understand why this could be a problem. Imagine what
would happen if the IRS imputed taxes based on what some bureaucrat think
you should earn (but is really based on how much money the IRS wants). Do
you think you could make ends meet if your taxes doubled or tripled, and
remained static if you had a bad year or two?


In the final analysis: three quarters of the poverty problem would disappear
immediately if single mothers simply married the fathers of their children.
Marriage-absence is the greatest structural social problem we face. Two
low-wage incomes can support one household. The welfare state, which has
bought out the marriage market in the lower and middle classes, expects two
low-wage incomes to support two households - an impossibility for most poor
Americans and difficult for many middle-class Americans.


Read: Poverty is a crime if you are a poor man, and a cause célèbre for the
State and imperialist feminists at Fox Television, who incessantly tout the
claquish agenda of governmental and privatized interests who profit
handsomely by destroying marriage (which may well include Rupert Murdoch).

This is what the "women's rights" movement inflicted on its own
constituency - simply out of feminist hate for men and marriage. America's
feminist-government-complex entitled serial polyandry, found out it does not
work. Now Fox wants to destroy men who for the most part never had a chance
to marry a woman, much less stay married.


True Equality Network has a very thorough 4-part series on this problem,
titled "How the Failures of Welfare Reform Created Our Lawless Courts". Dr.
Stephen Baskerville documented these problems in consummate detail in his
top-selling book "Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage,
and the Family". Those who desire a full understanding of panjandrum
political dynamics driving the so-called "deadbeat dads" problem should read
these publications while not inhaling.


A Very Rude Response From Fox Television


I called Scott Grogin, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for
Fox Television to let him know that Fox was headed for a public relations
nightmare if they pursue torture as a form of entertainment. Grogin was
quite aware of the show, chortling cavalier excitement about it. He was
entirely unreceptive to any criticism of the concept, and went so far as to
accuse me of using foul language and threatening him (which I did not do),
as an excuse to hang up on me.


Grogin is begging for his walking papers. Senior Vice Presidents of
Corporate Communications are supposed to handle issues and prevent public
relations disasters for the business, not create them and the light fires
under them.


Phone calls to Fox President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell were
poorly fenced by his assistant, who first said he was on a local shoot, and
later said he was out of town all week.


Email messages to Grogin's superiors at Fox Television and NewsCorp went
unanswered.

I am informed by a knowledgeable source who wishes to remain anonymous that
"there will be no stopping this show and they want to target leaders of the
fathers movement". This does appear likely given their attitude.


Fox is headed for a major legal and public relations disaster. According to
Richar Farr of Krights radio, Fox stole the idea and is presently being sued
over it.


A couple of years ago, a group working with a major Los Angeles studio
conceived the idea, but later withdrew it after becoming acquainted with the
dynamics of the child support problem. A January, 2007 Krights video posted
on LiveLeak discusses their change of heart.


They, like the very large number of organizations I work with, all agree
that this idea is barbaric, dangerously sexist, and unbalanced. Richar spoke
with the individuals suing Fox today. They are very upset with FOX for
pursuing a very cruel show concept and are adamantly committed to preventing
Fox from proceeding.


Krights will be doing a show involving a panel of movement leaders, and Fox
spokespeople if they are willing to debate the issue.


This movement will not stand for organized massacres of men, the majority of
whom did nothing to deserve it.

We need an open and honest debate about how the child support system is
destroying marriages and the futures of women, children, and men. We do not
need programs that turn our national disgrace into hate programming directed
at fathers. For example, Fox should be airing programs of real value, such
as the superbly-done, riveting documentary "Support? System Down", by
Agileno Productions (Trailer 1) (Trailer 2) (Trailer 3).



In 1996, I organized the pro-marriage movement, subsequently forcing
Universal Studios to cancel the sequel of movie "First Wives Club", which
was (as I put it at the time), the "best documentary ever filmed about
sexism in America". Time Magazine found our position worthy of coverage.
Newspapers for the most part agreed with us, as did many of the theater
owners. Hard Copy flew a film crew to St. Louis and did a segment, which
Universal killed minutes before airtime. The young lady who produced the
segment was in tears. She said it was the best segment she had ever produced
because it actually did something good.


We are a decade down the road. A lot of people know raw sexism when they see
it without anyone explaining anything. The program director at our local FOX
affiliate said immediately that she thought the show was an awful idea.


Fox will not do this show. This movement will rise to the occasion and apply
public pressure the likes of which have not been seen ever before. Plans are
already underway to go after major advertisers.


Presently, the best way you can help teach Fox a lesson is to send your
"polite" comments here. If Fox does not relent promptly, we will have many
more aggressive things for you to do later.



-----------------

David R. Usher is Senior Policy Analyst for the True Equality Network, and
President of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, Missouri
Coalition


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Old April 29th 08, 12:00 AM posted to alt.child-support
Bob Whiteside
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Default FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men


"Dusty" wrote in message ...
David R. Usher
FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men
April 24, 2008

I was astonished to see that FOX Television, in its nauseating quest for
ever tawdry reality-TV shows, plans to turn the problems of poor fathers
into an extermination in the Fox Colosseum.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox tagged Jim Durham, Director of
the "National Child Support Center", as the leading lion of the event.
Interestingly, this organization does not exist. The real name of the
company Durham runs is named "National Child Support" (NCS). The NCS is
not a national or official organization - it is a private for-profit
fee-based collections agency located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their website
cannily does not identify Durham on its website, but Zoominfo tagged the
truth.


National Child Support Center is one of several DBA's for Innovative
Collection Concepts, Inc. from Cincinnati. See:

http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany_626kc9

I believe the proposed Fox show could have some value because I don't think
they can produce a series of shows based on the false stereotypes they have
about fathers, how they perceive the CS system works, and how CS collection
companies operate. It would be my guess the producers will find some savvy
fathers who can articulate the poor/arbitrary treatment they received in the
CS system, and state CS administrators won't sit still for allegations of
their ineffectiveness. I think a show that stirs up a lot of emotional
backlash will expose the system for what it is - a bureaucratic nightmare
that operates using rigid anti-father biases.

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Old April 29th 08, 02:59 AM posted to alt.child-support
Dusty[_2_]
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Default FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men

"Bob Whiteside" wrote in message
...

"Dusty" wrote in message ...
David R. Usher
FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men
April 24, 2008

I was astonished to see that FOX Television, in its nauseating quest for
ever tawdry reality-TV shows, plans to turn the problems of poor fathers
into an extermination in the Fox Colosseum.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox tagged Jim Durham, Director of
the "National Child Support Center", as the leading lion of the event.
Interestingly, this organization does not exist. The real name of the
company Durham runs is named "National Child Support" (NCS). The NCS is
not a national or official organization - it is a private for-profit
fee-based collections agency located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their website
cannily does not identify Durham on its website, but Zoominfo tagged the
truth.


National Child Support Center is one of several DBA's for Innovative
Collection Concepts, Inc. from Cincinnati. See:

http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany_626kc9

I believe the proposed Fox show could have some value because I don't
think they can produce a series of shows based on the false stereotypes
they have about fathers, how they perceive the CS system works, and how CS
collection companies operate. It would be my guess the producers will
find some savvy fathers who can articulate the poor/arbitrary treatment
they received in the CS system, and state CS administrators won't sit
still for allegations of their ineffectiveness. I think a show that stirs
up a lot of emotional backlash will expose the system for what it is - a
bureaucratic nightmare that operates using rigid anti-father biases.


I've been thinking along similar lines. Such a show, after they've gone
through the half dozen "Trophy" Dads (those with the money to burn to afford
the 18 car garage house-on-the-golf course with the new "Trophy" Second Wife
and all) and start to get into the blue collar, working class Dads that more
then make up the majority of divorced fathers, there just might be a change
of turning thing monster on it's head and shining a light on the real
problem.

Of course, the suits at Fox can always pull the plug on the show after they
hit the real McCoy's and "reality" comes home to roust on them with father's
launching defamation suits against them, charging Fox billions in revenue
when they snag that one Father who won't take their smear campaign and
propaganda machine lying down.

But we can hope...


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Old April 29th 08, 03:31 AM posted to alt.child-support
DB[_4_]
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Default FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men


"Dusty" wrote in

Of course, the suits at Fox can always pull the plug on the show after
they hit the real McCoy's and "reality" comes home to roust on them with
father's launching defamation suits against them, charging Fox billions in
revenue when they snag that one Father who won't take their smear campaign
and propaganda machine lying down.



Can always boycott any business that wants to advertise on any FOX show!


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Old April 29th 08, 03:55 AM posted to alt.child-support
Bob Whiteside
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Default FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men


"Dusty" wrote in message ...
"Bob Whiteside" wrote in message
...

"Dusty" wrote in message ...
David R. Usher
FOX Plans Reality-TV "Bad Dads" Colosseum "Lynching" of Poor Men
April 24, 2008

I was astonished to see that FOX Television, in its nauseating quest for
ever tawdry reality-TV shows, plans to turn the problems of poor fathers
into an extermination in the Fox Colosseum.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox tagged Jim Durham, Director of
the "National Child Support Center", as the leading lion of the event.
Interestingly, this organization does not exist. The real name of the
company Durham runs is named "National Child Support" (NCS). The NCS is
not a national or official organization - it is a private for-profit
fee-based collections agency located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their website
cannily does not identify Durham on its website, but Zoominfo tagged the
truth.


National Child Support Center is one of several DBA's for Innovative
Collection Concepts, Inc. from Cincinnati. See:

http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany_626kc9

I believe the proposed Fox show could have some value because I don't
think they can produce a series of shows based on the false stereotypes
they have about fathers, how they perceive the CS system works, and how
CS collection companies operate. It would be my guess the producers will
find some savvy fathers who can articulate the poor/arbitrary treatment
they received in the CS system, and state CS administrators won't sit
still for allegations of their ineffectiveness. I think a show that
stirs up a lot of emotional backlash will expose the system for what it
is - a bureaucratic nightmare that operates using rigid anti-father
biases.


I've been thinking along similar lines. Such a show, after they've gone
through the half dozen "Trophy" Dads (those with the money to burn to
afford the 18 car garage house-on-the-golf course with the new "Trophy"
Second Wife and all) and start to get into the blue collar, working class
Dads that more then make up the majority of divorced fathers, there just
might be a change of turning thing monster on it's head and shining a
light on the real problem.

Of course, the suits at Fox can always pull the plug on the show after
they hit the real McCoy's and "reality" comes home to roust on them with
father's launching defamation suits against them, charging Fox billions in
revenue when they snag that one Father who won't take their smear campaign
and propaganda machine lying down.

But we can hope...


The show concept is based on the CS collection agency business model. Once
Fox figures out these people are leaches who prey on desperate women by
charging them collection fees (34% or whatever) on current CS as well as
arrearage CS, the bubble will burst. And if you check out many of these
collection agencies, like Durham's company, they have Cease and Desist
Orders from state AG's for operating in their states without a license.
There is too much money flowing to the states' CS programs from the federal
OCSE for them to let this show shed any light on their "tax scheme" on NCP
fathers.

 




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