A&E Scraps KKK Documentary After Learning Producers Paid Klan Members

PULASKI, TN - JULY 11:  Members of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participate in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday march July 11, 2009 in Pulaski, Tennessee. With a poor economy and the first African-American president in office, there has been a rise in extremist activity in many parts of America. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2008 the number of hate groups rose to 926, up 4 percent from 2007, and 54 percent since 2000. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and played a role in the postwar establishment of the first Ku Klux Klan organization opposing the reconstruction era in the South.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A&E Scraps KKK Documentary After Learning Producers Paid Klan Members

A&E says payment by third party producers is in direct violation of their policies and practices for a documentary.

Published December 25, 2016

T.V. network A&E had decided to cancel plans to air an eight-part documentary series called Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate In America.

The show got the axe after the network learned that producers were paying some of the Ku Klux Klan members to participate in the program.

A&E released a statement on Saturday (December 24) reading, “While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary… We have decided not to move forward with this project.”

The biggest reason the network decided to cancel among ethical factors was because they promised the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, and the general public that no payments were being made to the KKK during the filming of the documentary. They believed at the time that payment wasn’t happening.

The series was slated to air on January 10, 2017. Aside from an monetary ethical violation, the show also faced criticism for what it portrayed. On of the Klan members in the trailer is seen saying, “I wanna be the next David Duke. I want to see him saying my name at presidential debates,” referring to a question Donald Trump fielded during the presidential debates about the Klan’s endorsement of him.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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