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“Meth in America”

March 6, 2000

Channel One Shocks Teachers and Parents With Controversial “Meth in America” Series From Jim Metrock: I have just seen the three-part series entitled “Meth in America” that appeared on Channel One February 9,10, and 11. The report was actually done by MTV and a MTV “reporter” (who use to be a Channel One “reporter”)...
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The Ghost of Chris Whittle Returns

March 1, 2000
The Ghost of Chris Whittle Returns

WIDTH=”254″ HEIGHT=”190″ ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”0″> SIZE=”+1″ FACE=”Arial”>March 1, 2000 – Channel One Returns to Whittle Days in Stunning Announcement Channel One has been without a permanent president for over six months. Today they announced the hiring of Jim Ritts as Channel One’s new president. There is nothing “new” about Ritts. He was one of the co-founders of Channel...
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CBS Early Show

February 17, 2000

It appears that ABC News has ended their "special relationship" with the controversial Channel One TV show. Gone are any signs of ABC News on the dismal channelone.com site. Gone are the references to the ABC/Channel One partnership. Some programming and news reports may still be seen on Channel One but it appears that...
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Public Should Be Mad At MADD For Teaming With Channel One

February 12, 2000

Mothers Against Drunk Driving have steered their organization into the national controversy over Channel One. They have agreed to enter into a partnership with Channel One in order to get more children to hear their important message. The fact that Channel One is commercially exploiting schoolchildren doesn’t seem to affect the MADD central office....
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The Ugliest Joke Yet On Children

February 4, 2000

If you can imagine the Ku Klux Klan giving seminars on racial tolerance, then you’ll have no problem accepting Channel One teaching media literacy to the schoolchildren who are forced to watch their TV show and commercials under force of contract. The term “media literacy” is relatively new. Roughly it attempts to teach children and adults how to “read” media...
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Valley Grove Superintendent and Board Sell Out Kids

January 26, 2000

  The Valley Grove School Board lead by their superintendent gave Channel One a big vote of approval. Board president Robert Lewis mocked the petition with 287 names opposing Channel One. He said out of 6,000 residents that was not impressive. Mr. Lewis was the man who brought Channel One into the school system in the early nineties....
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Over 280 Valley Grove, PA Citizens Sign Petition To Oust Channel One

January 20, 2000

  In the western Pennsylvania town of Valley Grove, citizens have expressed their concern about the controversial Channel One TV show. At a board meeting on Monday, January 17, over 280 names and addresses of citizens were presented to the school board urging the removal of Channel One. The Valley Grove school board is apparently a very pro-Channel One...
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Channel One Sending Out Two Signals

January 19, 2000

Dr. Paul Folkemer, VP of Education for Channel One, told the Valley Grove, PA school board this week that Channel One is now sending out two signals. One signal is for children under 13 and the other for 13 and older. The only difference he mentioned concerned PG13 movies. It seems that Dr. Folkemer, the person who approves all...
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News About Channel One – June -Dec. 1999

December 31, 1999
News About Channel One – June -Dec. 1999

  News About Channel One – First Half of 1999 (Second Half of 1999)   Channel One – Peddlers of Despair May 21, 1999 – Channel One Restarts Intrusive Web Ads U.S. Senate Hearing on Channel One WIDTH=”450″ BORDER=”1″ CELLSPACING=”2″ CELLPADDING=”0″> ALIGN=”BOTTOM” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> Ralph Nader, Pat Ellis, Jim Metrockand Phyllis Schafly at the May...
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New York Times Article on Channel One

December 11, 1999

A “must” if you are fighting Channel One in your school district. Get it at your local library. The article is entitled “Channel One’s Mixed Grade in Schools” by Constance Hays – Sunday, December 5, 1999. The article is on the front page of the business section. It runs for over 3,300 words. Channel One is in deep trouble...
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Two Shocking New Ads on Channel One

December 9, 1999

The Channel One executives approved a new provocative ad for schoolchildren. Many ads on Channel One are sexually provocative. There is nothing new there, but the latest Schick female razor commercial sends a very powerful immoral message to children. The commercial starts off showing a older girl saying, “When you live with guys, you learn all kinds of...
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First Channel One Ad for a Recording Artist

December 8, 1999
First Channel One Ad for a Recording Artist

  border=”0″ width=”131″ height=”433″ naturalsizeflag=”3″> SIZE=”-1″ FACE=”Arial”>< Jessica Simpson’s Commercial for her debut CD was mandatory viewing by children in schools with Channel One. Times must be hard at Channel One’s Madison Avenue headquarters. For the first time, to our knowledge, Channel One has run a formal commercial for a recording artist. The singer is Jessica Simpson....
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Ballabon and Folkemer Approve Second James Bond Ad for Kids

December 8, 1999
Ballabon and Folkemer Approve Second James Bond Ad for Kids

  BORDER=”0″ ALT=”This gun’s for you.” WIDTH=”200″ HEIGHT=”311″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″>Shameless Channel One keeps pounding away at our children. We have now seen the second ad (November 19, 1999) for the violent and sexually-charged James Bond movie. This time Channel One ran a commercial that tells the children that critics love this violent movie and that they (the children) need...
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Who Is Jeff Ballabon?

December 4, 1999

  Mr. Ballabon recently flew from New York to Alabama to meet with conservative legislators and other influential people in an attempt to win friends for Channel One. Mr. Ballabon failed to tell the Alabama citizens he meet with that the product he was pushing was outlawed in public schools in his home state of New York. He must...
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Ask Dr. Folkemer

November 28, 1999

Channel One – Peddlers of Despair   Ask Dr. Folkemer   Channel One, the marketing company with headquarters on Madison Avenue (by the way, their product called Channel One News is outlawed in all public schools in their own home state of New York) and studio in Hollywood USA has come up with another effort to look...
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Old Story, But Chilling – Channel One Ran Story on Jeffrey Dahmer in Classrooms

October 28, 1999

“It made me think about all of the terrible things my kids were exposed to in public school over the years – and none of us parents could ‘censor’ any of it. For instance, I was livid when Channel 1 broadcast news of Jeffrey Dahmer’s hideous murders directly into my kids’ classroom several years ago. I had censored...
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Channel One Paid Preston Gates Lobbying Firm $820,000 in First Half of 1999

October 27, 1999

October 27m 1999 – National Journal Reports Channel One Paid Preston Gates Lobbying Firm $820,000 in First Half of 1999 October 27, 1999 – National Journal Reports Channel One Paid Preston Gates Lobbying Firm $820,000 in First Half of 1999 $820,000 doesn’t go as far as it use to. Over the years, Channel One has paid...
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Channel One Advertises Unbelievably Violent Movie to Captive Audience of Children

October 25, 1999
Channel One Advertises Unbelievably Violent Movie to Captive Audience of Children

BORDER=”0″ WIDTH=”200″ HEIGHT=”175″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”3″> Last week, Channel One continued their marketing of violence to America’s youth. (Past crimes include: Ads for “The Quest”, “New York Undercover”, “The Shining”, “The Mummy”; reviews of “Kiss the Girls”, “Scream2”; and music on the in-school TV show from groups known for their violent lyrics: Bone Thugs and Marilyn Manson) Children in schools that...
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Who is Left at Channel One?

October 19, 1999

We said 1999 would be a disastrous year for Channel One and it has been much worse than even we forecasted. According to an Educational Marketer article, Channel One’s president, Kevin McAliley, “abruptly resigned” several weeks ago. In early summer, PRIMEDIA’s Chairman, William Reilly, offered his resignation which was no resignation at all. He was given the boot by...
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Hey, Channel One! Don’t Mess With Texas.

October 11, 1999
Hey, Channel One! Don’t Mess With Texas.

From Jim Metrock: "Don’t Mess With Texas" is the bold unofficial motto of the great state of Texas. Obligation shared a booth with the Center for Commercial-Free Public Education at the Texas Association of School Boards convention this past weekend. We distributed a wealth of information about Channel One to school board members and...
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Tattoo You!

September 13, 1999

Channel One’s web site is instructing children on how to tattoo themselves. These tattoos are not permanent, but they are not readily removable either. You will have to go to their web site to read for yourself. Channel One is encouraging children to apply these dark stain henna tattoos by suggesting that their mothers will be angry. Hey,...
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Chat Rooms Ready to Come Back to Channel One’s Web Site

September 10, 1999

Hold on to your hat … and your child. Channel One is getting back into the chat room business. Jim Metrock, president of Obligation, said, “There is no need for this company to entice schoolchildren into their chat rooms. Chat rooms are the first things parents block if they are concerned about Internet safety. Channel One’s record on...
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