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abusewatch.net Asks TLC to cancel “Jon and Kate plus 8”

FIRST LETTER

June 23, 2009

Open letter to:
Mr. John S. Hendricks,

Chairman

Discovery Communications

Regarding: The Learning Channel program: Jon and Kate plus 8

Dear Mr. Hendricks,

I am requesting that the above-mentioned show come off the air immediately. Let me explain why.

The children in this show – Cara, Madelyn, Alexis, Aaden, Collin, Leah, Hannah, Joel – are just that, children. Their lives are being broadcast to the world and a permanent record of the turmoil of their parents
discord – and its effect on the children – is being made. While this may make good television ratings, it is a
train wreck happening in slow motion. This train wreck, because we are dealing with developing children, could last eight individual lifetimes.

There are four types of child abuse; emotional, neglect, sexual and physical. The show is showing two of these forms of abuse – emotional and neglect. These children are floundering between two incapable parents in the midst of a marriage breakup while trying to raise eight children and be on a reality TV show. Raising any family is hard at the best of times; harder when your family, friends and the 5 million people a week tune in to see it. This is emotional abuse at its finest; now and particularly when it is revisited in the children’s future. These children are being scarred for life.

The parents are distracted by their marital problems and pending divorce. Their hostility, their lack of interaction – which is devastating for the children – is recorded and broadcast. This is simply wrong for many reasons. One in particular comes to mind; the children’s emotional well being is the subject of a profit motive for not only your channel but also the parents.

The Gosselin children are subject to neglect from the absence and the threat of absence of one or both parents as they fulfill their obligations to the show – book signings, appearances and so on. The move to a new house and the handing out of goodies does not make up for this abuse. Nor does the provision of assistants make up for parental presence. You are no longer recording a normal, if unusual family, struggling to cope with multiple children. This has become a sad public spectacle with, finances aside, no good to come of it.

The parents are guilty of letting this happen and that speaks volumes about their motives and abilities, or
lack thereof, as parents. However you personally are the one in ultimate control. You are aware of what is
going on and yet you let it continue. You are therefore morally responsible for the welfare of these children.
Take a look at your own website and the pictures of the children there – these are real children:

http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/jon-and-kate/gosselins.html

Your continued production and broadcast of Jon and Kate plus eight has surpassed the boundaries of
broadcast ethics and good taste. You are guilty of compounded child abuse.

Please, do the right thing and end this immediately.Thank you,

Evin M Daly

Founder, Executive Director

Child AbuseWatch.NET

http://www.abusewatch.net

edaly@abusewatch.net

Copy to: Discovery Corporate Management – David M. Zaslav, Mark Hollinger, Adria Alpert Romm, Joe

Abruzzese, Bruce Campbell, Bill Goodwyn, Joseph A. LaSala, Jr., Brad Singer, also

General Media Release (NA)

Delivery via Investor Relations email with request to forward to addressees c/o

Craig_Felenstein@discovery.com
Michelle_Russo@discovery.com
investor_relations@discovery.com

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SECOND LETTER

July 23, 2009Open letter to:

Mr. John S. Hendricks,
Chairman
Discovery Communications

Regarding: The Learning Channel program: Jon and Kate plus 8 (#2 letter)

Dear Mr. Hendricks,

One month ago today I wrote to you asking that you take this program off the air due to our concerns of child abuse on the show. My letter was quite detailed in what those concerns are.

Since then the show has been on haitus. The drama of the parents continues uninterrupted in the media. Today a release indicates that the show will start running again on August 3.

As I mentioned in my June 23 letter, you are ultimately responsible for the welfare of these children. Why? Because the parents are obviously incapable. In stopping the show there is a chance that these children may regain a life close to normalcy.

Surely you can see where I’m coming from? The repeated exposure of these children to their parents drama on television and the subsequent echoes through the media is detrimental to the childrens lives. I realize that you have a vested and financial interest in continuing the run, however the lives of eight children should surely outweight those interests.

Let me illustrate my determination in protecting these children if you and your board decide not to.

In the event that the show does restart on August 3rd I will immediately write to all of your advertisers advising them that Child AbuseWatch will call for a boycott of their products and services if they continue to support the show. Copies of this campaign will be sent to all major media outlets, posted on our three sites and emailed to our extensive network of child advocates around the country. With a dull retailling year and Christmas in the offing I’m sure it will garner the advertisers attention. I will continue to do so until the show is taken off the air.

Last year we campaigned for Hewlett Packard to remove the soundtrack for their “Touchsmart” ad as it was written by a pedophile who was receiving royalties for his participation. That one press release was picked up by close to 300 media outlets worldwide. HP halted the ad campaign. Here’s a sampling of the coverage here: http://www.abusewatch.net/hp_adpress.php

I am asking again that you please cancel this show immediately for the sake of these children who are unable to speak for themselves. I appeal to you in your capacity as a Chairman and a responsible adult to realize the truth, and the consequences, and do the right thing. Eight tenuous lives are counting on you.

Sincerely yours,

Evin M. Daly
Founder, Executive Director
Child AbuseWatch.NET
http://www.abusewatch.net
edaly@abusewatch.net

Copy to: Discovery Corporate Management – David M. Zaslav, Mark Hollinger, Adria Alpert Romm, Joe Abruzzese, Bruce Campbell, Bill Goodwyn, Joseph A. LaSala, Jr., Brad Singer, also General Media Release (NA)

Delivery via Investor Relations email with request to forward to addressees c/o

Craig_Felenstein@discovery.com
Michelle_Russo@discovery.com
investor_relations@discovery.com


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