Guest Author - Kathy Lyngholm
Has CMT gone too far with their “Most Shocking..” series? I have enjoyed most of the shows in this series and this past weekend I watched “Most Shocking Small Town Secrets” and something about it just turned me off. The biggest problem I had with this particular show was that I couldn’t figure out what it had to do with country music. Watching the segments about the border battle in Arizona and the drug arrest/convictions and then pardons in the small town Tulia, Texas, just didn’t seem like the sort of thing that CMT would really put on the air.
Don’t get me wrong, I watch CMT for the specials that they air, I also watch for the videos, but let’s be honest, in my opinion they need to stick to covering country music and country artists. You could almost get the impression that some of the stories that aired on this show were politically motivated. The timing of the show could be suspect, since questions have risen during this election year about what the Presidential candidates are going to do about the problem with people sneaking into the US. Which is exactly what the first segment of the show was about, talking to people that have formed their own border protection groups and groups that are there to try to help illegal immigrants cross. The second segment was about a small town in Texas where a white law enforcement official has been accused of setting up black residents as drug dealers. All of whom were tried and convicted, either by a jury or by admitting to their actually dealing drugs. After the story broke and racial accusations were leveled, the defendants were all pardoned by the Govenor of Texas and the group ended up getting around $4 million dollars.
I’ll be honest, after this segment aired, I changed the channel, I couldn’t take anymore. This show did not live up to my expectations for CMT and their programming. Am I wrong to believe this? Did you see the show? What did you think? Stop by the forum and let me know. I’m open to differing opinions and who knows, maybe you’ll change my mind and I’ll watch the rest of the show the next time it’s on TV.