Watching “Family Minefields” with Diane Sawyer on ABC Primetime the other night I was struck with how they totally ignored the actual mother of the troubled teenage girl featured and instead focused the entire show on her father and his second wife.
The girl’s actual mother was barely acknowledged as even existing.
Not only did Primetime ignore the primary person who was responsible for this girl’s existence; but they spent the entire show trying to paint her father’s second wife as a horrible, abusive step person and the reason this teenage girl was so troubled.
Thus, it was with horror that I observed almost 2/3s of the way through the show an assault and battery committed on nationwide tv by this young girl's father against her. From the way everyone kept painting the step person throughout the entire show, I was fully expecting her to be the abusive one. Instead I’m lying down in bed watching an argument taking place within this family over homework and suddenly, with no physical provocation whatsoever from his daughter, her father leaps across the coffee table and begins punching his young daughter in the face, neck and head.
I actually was so shocked I sat bolt upright in my bed while watching this and perched on the edge horrified waiting for someone to break this up as the entire event was being videotaped by the crew. Instead I believe they changed the camera angle so you couldn’t see the blows landing on this young girl, but you could see by the way the girls’ lower legs curled up that she had gone into a fetal position to protect her head and face while her father rained punches down on her. Actually from the way his arm was moving up and down you could see he was attacking her with a closed fist, as it wasn’t the back and forth movement of an open handed slap. If you had walked in on this unexpectedly, you would have thought her father was fighting with another man, there appeared to be no recognition whatsoever that he was punching his young daughter, a 14/15 year old about a third of his size.
I was actually so upset as I said by the suddenness of his assault and the unexpected savagery of it, I was on the edge of my bed not able to lay down again until I was assured the girl was out of danger.
Thank God it finally ended, but they moved the camera away so you couldn’t see if any injury had been done to this poor kid after that vicious assault. She, of course, wasn’t sent to live with her mother, since you could hear the father claiming he had the mother on tape as not wanting her daughter (like he didn’t orchestrate that comment from her mother) but instead she was sent to live with her grandparents…
Who appear to be a lovely couple except for the fact that they spend the entire ending of the show, along with Diane Sawyer, claiming how this young girl was living with them because she was so terrified of her father’s second wife…but she would love to live with her father again (who was shipped off to Iraq, instead of the nearest county lockup where he belonged) if ONLY the step person wasn’t around.
Let me put it this way, she better be damn glad that step person was in the room when this assault took place, as I could easily have seen this guy beating his daughter to death if they were alone.
Totally unbelievably, this entire show was the most obvious piece of brainwashing and propaganda against women and mothers that I had seen in a while.
That piece of crap who assaulted his daughter needs to be dragged back from Iraq with a choke chain around his neck like a dog and charged with assault and battery. That girl’s mother needs to be contacted about what has been happening to her daughter, so appropriate action can be taken by her to assure her child's safety. AND that Diane Sawyer needs to keep in mind that she better watch her step because if that kid had gotten hurt, she would have been responsible: as an assault on a young girl should NEVER be permitted to continue in order to boost ratings.
That’s a little bit much even for reality tv.