Actor Wil Wheaton, of Star Trek TNG and Table Top fame, called foul at Discovery Channel today on his blog. for presenting “a work of fiction that is more suited for the Syfy Channel as a truthful and factual documentary”.
Wil went on to say,
“If this had happened on just about any other network, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But Discovery Channel is more than just disposable entertainment on cable television. Discovery Channel inspired an entire generation to “explore your world”, and it is trusted to be truthful. Discovery Channel says its mission is to satisfy curiosity and make a difference in people’s lives by providing the highest quality content, services and products that entertain, engage and enlighten. There is nothing high quality or enlightening about deliberately misleading your audience during what is historically an informative and awesome week of programming.”
The Discovery Channel is a trusted educational resource that many teachers encourage their students to view as an extension of their classroom learning. While there is a place for supposition in the exploration of history, lets make sure we know that is what is happening.
Thank you for your passionate support of education, Mr. Wheaton. We at Pop Goes the Classroom appreciate it.