The show was anti-father propaganda.
Last November, I wrote about the controversy about the Public Broadcasting Service documentary, "Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories," which claimed that male batterers and child abusers frequently gain custody of their children in divorce cases after the mothers' claims of abuse are disbelieved by the courts. The film caused an outcry from fathers' rights groups. In response to these protests, PBS announced a 30-day review to determine whether the film met the editorial guidelines for fairness and accuracy.
Unfortunately, it seems that the review amounted to little more than a whitewash. ...
Defending the claim made in "Breaking the Silence" that children are in greater danger of abuse from fathers than from mothers, Lasseur and Meier point to several limited studies that often lump together biological fathers with stepfathers and mothers' boyfriends (who, statistically, pose a far higher risk). Yet even these cherry-picked statistics show that a significant proportion of perpetrators of severe child abuse are mothers -- which makes the film's exclusive focus on abusive fathers difficult to defend.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
PBS issues lame defense of show
Cathy Young writes in the Boston Globe: