Recently there have been a lot of shows dealing with preppers and their plans on surviving TEOTWAWKI. This tells me two things: first, prepping is becoming more mainstream, or at least recognizable to the nation. Second, for some reason they’re trying to make preppers look crazy, probably because they don’t understand what it is we do. The reason the media is representing preppers in this manner is, I’m sure, purely for sensationalist reasons. If they step on a few truths or rights along the way, oh well, they made a good show and that’s all that counts.
The latest seems to be a series put out by National Geographic called Doomsday Prepper that shows some crazy preppers with people running around with guns and talking about the end of the world. This post by Ranger Man from a couple of days ago features Dennis Evers, an obviously well educated guy who is into the prepping scene. From what little I’ve read about it – I’ve never seen one of these prepper movies myself – it seems that one of the guys on the show named David Sarti was declared incompetent during a doctor’s exam and had all his guns taken away. Apparently Sarti was joking around with his doctor (cardiologist) and said something to the effect that he should go home and kill himself. A self professed Christian he also make it clear that that wasn’t an option. Ranger Man had a link to the shtfplan blog post and I’m sure most of you have read it by now.
Sure, these people who allow the media on their property and then go on national TV might expect some things to be lost in the translation, but when their message is twisted beyond recognition by editing tricks I lose what ever tiny vestige of respect I may have had for them.
Most of us prep for many different scenarios, but if you believe what the series tells us, each individual prepper is getting ready for something different. “I’m getting ready for an EMP event,” or “I’m preparing for a market collapse,” or whatever. Then they show the folks running around in their yards, or through town, or wherever, in combat gear brandishing guns and flashlights and looking crazy as hell. Add a few editing tricks, some voiceovers, and a couple of fancy diagrams and you’ve got a pretty good story. Hmm, why can’t we just be preparing for anything that comes our way? Up here in Maine I prep for snowstorms and ice storms and I’m sure that most of you have weather in mind no matter where you are when you make your preps.
According to Megan Hurwitt she was offered $1000 to shoot her cat (thanks to P. for the link) on camera for the show. She says that after seeing the whole show she’s not too upset with National Geographic, but I have to wonder how it would make me feel if they did a show on me and then made me look like a kook? Not only is your OPSEC shot to hell, but now you just might have some of the authorities keeping tabs on you as well. Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows in this day and age?
My hats off to those who make the attempt to take prepping mainstream, but it seems that they’re risking a lot by putting their faces out there.
Here at SHTFblog we’ve received several emails asking to do something like this from various sources. Thanks, but no thanks, has been my answer.
I’ve never made it a secret of how I feel about the MSM and how they and the government report various statistics and now that it’s an election year you can’t believe anything you see anywhere. Job statistics, housing stats, economic data, etc, are all “massaged” by the government to make you believe everything is going great. The media happily reports these good numbers as hard facts and then later quietly downgrades them hoping that the average American won’t notice. And it seems that for the most part we don’t. Shame on us.
Unfortunately, the media controls what we see and there’s not much we can do about it. Recently I watched a news blurb on MSNBC – Channel 6 News here – and it showed a sound bite of one of the Republican debates. It showed three of the candidates: Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich, and then the shoulder of the other candidate – Ron Paul. The camera man must have noticed he accidentally almost put Paul into the picture because it quickly panned away so he was no longer being shown. Sorry, Mr. Paul. It appears that you will not be President of the United States because the media does not approve of you.
Did he have a chance even if the media didn’t do this kind of shameless editing? I guess we’ll never know.
We all pretty much think Greece is going to default. And probably Portugal. And possibly Italy and etc.
Now Japan is in big trouble. Actually, they’ve been in big trouble for years and now it’s starting to catch up with them.
All these countries are in terrible financial shape, but instead of playing it straight the media bounces back and forth more than a ping pong ball. Either they think we’re stupid, or they are stupid. Did I mention that the good old U. S. of A. is right up there too?
Meanwhile banks are back to making record profits while citizens of the world get poorer. Hmmm, how about reporting on that in a fair fashion MSM?
These are, of course, my own opinions and maybe you don’t agree with me. Let me know what you think in the comments below.