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Deadbeat Dads show back--now on Lifetime

As if Lifetime television doesn’t portray men as villains enough already, now Glenn Sacks has emailed about the new Deadbeat Dad show (it was the “Bad Dads” show that Fox dropped) that the station has picked up, just to twist the knife a little deeper:br /br /blockquoteLifetime TV announced the launch of its new, father-bashing reality show Deadbeat Dads last week, and Lifetime received several thousand protest letters, calls and faxes last week. This week we take our protest to the Hearst Corporation, which owns much of Lifetime TV.br /br /According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Deadbeat Dads, originally developed at Fox, follows National Child Support founder Jim Durham as he tracks down and confronts dads who don’t pay child support.” According to Reuters, Durham “functions as a sort of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ for tracking deadbeats…It’s ambush reality TV.” Durham will target fathers who are behind on their child support by “making their lives miserable — foreclosing on their house, repossessing their car. He will squeeze them.”br /br /Last April, Fathers Families led a highly-publicized campaign against the show (originally called “Bad Dads”) and got Fox to drop it. Now Lifetime TV, which reaches nearly 100 million households, has picked up Deadbeat Dads, which unfairly depicts divorced fathers as uncaring and selfish. Research clearly shows that most divorced dads pay their child support and remain a part of their children’s lives, often under difficult circumstances. In fact, federal government data shows that the overwhelming majority of “deadbeat dads” earn poverty level wages–only 4% earn even $40,000 a year./blockquotebr /br /Glenn Sacks a href=”http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/?page_id=2706″has more here/a and an email for those who wish to protest the show a href=”http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/?page_id=2706#sendemailfax”to the Hearst Corporation here./a