Is it Entertainment?

Oct 17, 2007 by     No Comments    Posted under: October

By Monica Courter

Who wants to be a millionaire? Most likely the reply is you would. However what would you do to win a large sum of cash and silver screen fame? Would
you cheat and lie to millions of viewers? Well, you may not know it, but it has been done before.

In the 1950’s a popular game show was found out to be rigged. The producers gave contestants the answers to questions and controlled when they took a
fall in order to keep ratings up. They used various forms of bribery and deception to keep the scam going. What revealed it was a Jewish man by the
name of Herbie Stempel who was a favorite for some time and won a reasonable sum before being forced to take a fall to Charles Van Doren. This is because they thought the nerdy Stempel would make ratings drop so he would loose to Van Doren who was educated and from a respectable family. Both of
these men came forward to proclaim they were a part of this game show scandal, and therefore, the dirty deeds of the television producers were revealed.

They claimed it was innocent entertainment. There wasn’t anything wrong with their actions, but was there? Did they not trick the entire nation, humiliate contestants, and offer bribes? Keep in mind they still awarded the cash prizes to the contestants that chose to follow the producers lead.

What do you think? Should the television executives involved have been reprimanded? Were they telling the truth? Was it only to entertain their audience and not about the ratings at all? Could we be misinformed about the current “reality” shows today? Would that trouble you at all? Fill out
the brief survey on page 9, tear it out and drop in a Collegian box, located in the cafeteria or the library. Let your opinions be included in the next Collegian!

If you would like to know more about the scandal, you can watch a movie on it! Check out Quiz Show, it is well worth the watch.

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