or


[01/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
Adoption Institute Seeks Meeting with Fox, Urges Protests to FOX Affiliates

[via press release from The Adoption Institute]

Adoption Institute Seeks Meeting With Fox, Urges Protests to Fox Affiliates

NEW YORK, Jan. 1 -- Just days before Fox's scheduled premier of "Who's Your Daddy," the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute today called for an urgent meeting between network executives and members of the adoption community, who have criticized the new reality show as insensitive and harmful.

"This is still the holiday season, a time when we should be celebrating our families and embracing our children, not worrying about the impact a reprehensible television show may have on them," said Adam Pertman, executive director of the Adoption Institute. "Maybe if the Fox executives hear us out and better understand our deep concerns, they will act responsibly and pull the plug on "Who's Your Daddy."

In the program, an adult adoptee tries to guess which of eight men is her biological father, with $100,000 at stake if she's right. The show has been denounced by major organizations including the Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund and North American Council on Adoptable Children, as well as by thousands of birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted people, agencies and other diverse groups.

The Adoption Institute urged individuals and organizations to immediately take their protests to Fox affiliates, one of which already has refused to run the show. Pertman also suggested:

* Fox should take its $100,000 (and much more) and donate it to help orphans and others devastated by the tragic earthquake in Asia. "More power to Fox if it wants to help adopted people and their families reunite, but this isn't the way to do it; get rid of the spectacle and put the money to better use."

* Media outlets should editorialize against the program. "Newspapers and other media regularly rail against the exploitation of people because of their race, gender or religion. Well, this issue is at least as important to tens of millions of their readers and viewers. They should denounce this exploitation, too."

* Employees of Fox, especially ones with ties to adoption, should tell their bosses how offensive this show is. "Experience and research demonstrate the value of adoption reunions, so Fox could better educate the public about this fast-growing trend, which unfortunately is impeded by antiquated laws and policies."

The Adoption Institute is a pre-eminent policy, research and education organization. It provides accurate, unbiased information for journalists, researchers and policymakers. Its award-winning website contains extensive information on adoption-related issues, including ones relating to ethics and best practices.

Pertman, a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his writing about adoption, is the author of "Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America." He lectures nationally and abroad, and his commentaries on adoption and children's issues have appeared in major print and broadcast media.

To arrange an interview, or for more information, please contact Pertman at 617-332-8944, 617-763-0134 or apertman@adoptioninstitute.org. The Institute website is http://www.adoptioninstitute.org.

SOURCE The Adoption Institute
Web Site: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org





  [january 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· WHO'S YOUR DADDY? (FOX)











[10/30/14 - 02:50 PM]
"The Meredith Vieira Show" Renewed for Second Season on NBC Owned Television Stations
"'The Meredith Vieira Show' has the full commitment and support of NBCUniversal and we could not be happier to bring it back for a second season," said Ed Swindler.

[10/30/14 - 02:17 PM]
52 Million Viewers Tune-In to World Series Game 7
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 29.

[10/30/14 - 12:53 PM]
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" Shakes Things Up This November with an Exciting Lineup of Theme Weeks
"Millionaire: Whiz Kids," "Celebrity Week," "Millionaire: Daytime Talk Show Week" and "Millionaire: Guinness World Records(R) Edition" are all on tap.

[10/30/14 - 11:35 AM]
GSN's "Idiotest" Settles the Ongoing Election Night Debate as Democrats and Republicans Battle It Out to Determine Who Is Smarter
The themed episode airs Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[10/30/14 - 11:20 AM]
"The Tonight Show" Defeats Letterman, Kimmel in All Key Ratings Categories for Week of Oct. 20-24
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of October 20-24.

[10/30/14 - 11:18 AM]
"Hawaii Five-0" Celebrates 100 Episodes by Revealing Hidden Nods to the Original Series Placed Within the Show Over the Past Five Years
Said anniversary installment airs next Friday, November 7 at 9:00/8:00c on CBS.

[10/30/14 - 11:03 AM]
E! Entertainment Extends "The Soup" Host Joel Mchale Through 2016
Additionally, McHale's production company, Free Period Productions, will continue its production development deal, in which he will give the network first look rights to ideas for non-scripted series.

[10/30/14 - 11:01 AM]
Oprah Winfrey Surprises Iyanla Vanzant with Epic Home Makeover in OWN Special to Air Saturday, November 29
"Oprah Prime: Iyanla I'll Fix Your House" airs on Saturday, November 29 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/30/14 - 11:00 AM]
FOX Sweeps Into November - All-New Episodes of Fan-Favorite Dramas, Comedies, Events and Unscripted Series
The network details its programming highlights for the next month (SPOILERS!).

[10/30/14 - 10:44 AM]
"Banksy Does New York," A User-Generated Chronicle of the Famed Street Artist's 31 Days in New York City, Debuts Nov. 17, Exclusively on HBO
Capturing this month of madness, the film incorporates user-generated content, from YouTube videos to Instagram photos, from New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike.

[10/30/14 - 10:37 AM]
Ovation's Hit Original Series "Song by Song" Continues Tuesday, December 9 with the Premiere of "Song by Song: Lindsey Stirling"
The documentary music series will focus on the wildly successful, classically trained electronic violinist, dancer and composer, who has become an internet phenomenon.

[10/30/14 - 10:00 AM]
Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey, Jr., Jonah Hill, Keira Knightley and Kristen Stewart to Appear on the "Hollywood Film Awards(R)" Nov. 14 Live on CBS
They join previously announced guests Gerard Butler, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O'Connell, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.

[10/30/14 - 09:52 AM]
National Geographic Channel Will Go Under the Covers on the Science of Sleep in Television Event "Sleepless in America" Premiering Sunday, Nov. 30, at 8 PM ET/PT
The film spotlights our nation's sleep-loss epidemic, revealing the serious consequences of not sleeping enough and explaining how we became a society that fails to prioritize sleep.

[10/30/14 - 09:40 AM]
"The Eric Andre Show" Returns for a Third Season on Thursday, November 6th at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim
Eric and his apathetic co-host Hannibal Buress are here to subject A-list stars to a hellish and inescapable nightmare talk show experience.

[10/30/14 - 09:16 AM]
NBC Posts Record-Setting Soccer Weekend with Most-Watched Premier League & MLS Matches
NBC spins the numbers for the weekend of October 25-26.