The sad devolution of Discovery Channel

August 15, 2014 12:50 PM

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The sad devolution of Discovery Channel

Forget the recent barrage of scientists saying that Shark Week programs are misleading, even deceitful. Shark Week isn’t really about sharks—it’s about ratings. And it’s more evidence that the Discovery Channel, also home to Amish Mafia, among other programs of questionable authenticity, has not been interested in broadcasting scientific fact for quite some time.

Discovery’s shift away from fact-based programming is part of the much larger trend of American cable channels losing their identities. For a while, it seemed like Discovery was holding onto its identity longer than most other cable channels, but the mounting backlash to recent Shark Weeks from the ...

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