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Darnell in Defense of the ‘Truth’

Fox Executive Talks About the Network’s Controversial Lie Detector Show

“Last time I felt like this was before ‘Joe Millionaire,’” said Mike Darnell, sitting in his office wearing his trademark cowboy boots.

“This is going to be the talk of the town and knocked out of the park. You’re either going to love it, or think it’s the end of Western civilization. And that’s the stuff that works.”

Fox’s president of alternative entertainment is referring to “The Moment of Truth,” the network’s sure-to-be controversial game show in which contestants are asked a series of highly personal questions while connected to a polygraph machine.

The show’s international format first gained notice Stateside in August when Fox ordered a pilot. Last month, a popular Colombian version of the series (called “Nothing But the Truth”) made headlines when a contestant confessed to hiring a hit-man to murder her husband (an attempt that failed). The show was, at least temporarily, taken off the air.

Fox’s version works like this: Before the show is taped, a contestant is given a polygraph test and asked 75 questions. Samples include: “Do you really care about the starving children in Africa?” “Are you sexually attracted to one of your wife’s friends?” “Do fat people repulse you?” and “Do you think you’ll still be with your husband five years from now?” Unlike the Colombian version, the show avoids asking about felony-level activities and sticks to revealing family secrets and unearthing private opinions.

The contestant’s responses are determined to be truthful or untruthful by a certified polygraph examiner, but the contestant is not told the results. Within a couple of days after the test, the contestant appears on the show, where he is again asked 21 of their previous questions before a live audience, including family and friends.

“This is the first game show where you technically know all the questions and you know all the answers,” Mr. Darnell said. “And yet this is the hardest game show I’ve ever been a part of in my entire life.”

All the player has to do to win, goes the pitch, is tell the truth. If his answer matches what the polygraph says is true, he advances to the next round. The top prize is $500,000. The contestant can stop at any time, but once a question is asked, he must answer.

“Quite frankly, if you hear the question and say you’re not going to answer it, everybody knows what the answer is anyway,” Mr. Darnell said. “So you might as well answer.”

Mr. Darnell screened a “Truth” preview for a small group of reporters and staff in his office, which is decorated with leather furniture and animal-skin rugs. The clips showed anxious contestants looking as if they’re seconds away from cardiac arrest.

As the Fox executive responsible for “American Idol,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” Mr. Darnell has given Fox the sturdiest reality platform of any broadcast network. With the writers strike shutting down scripted programming, that platform has taken on even greater importance. Next year’s schedule features Mr. Darnell’s new shows like “Truth” (which premieres Jan. 23) and “When Women Rule the World” (March 3).

But it has been a while since Mr. Darnell unveiled a show that feels like a media high-wire act.
About half the “Truth” contestants, Mr. Darnell said, “left because they couldn’t take it anymore. Most people don’t make it past 12 questions.”

Though “Truth” first debuted overseas, the concept was created by American producer Howard Schultz (“Extreme Makeover”). The U.S. version began as a presentation ordered by NBC. The network passed, and Mr. Schultz said he was in Mr. Darnell’s office the next day.

“People have been trying to crack this lie-detector thing for a decade,” Mr. Darnell said. “And it works perfectly. It’s exactly the way to use a lie detector for a scary game.”

Around the same time Fox picked up the pilot, NBC ordered a game show called “Amnesia.” Like “Truth,” constants are asked questions about themselves. Instead of embarrassing questions whose answers are balanced against a lie detector, the “Amnesia” questions are tamer and fact-checked by the show’s researchers.

Mr. Darnell is adamant the two shows should not be confused “There’s no similarity,” he said. “I was pitched that show. It’s a simple comedy game show. ‘Amnesia’ is, ‘Do you remember what color your first car was?’ This is a hard-ass, hell-bent crazy television show.”

After ordering the pilot, Mr. Darnell made some changes. He increased the prize money and made the questions “more aggressive.”

“There’s no, ‘Is your favorite color blue?’” he said. “Some people are freaked out by that. They get to question three and they’re like, ‘What the hell is going on?’”

He also added a button where the contestant’s friends and family sit that they can use once during the game to “rescue” the player from a difficult question. Except, Mr. Darnell said, the friends and family never seem to use the button for its intended purpose. When one contestant was asked if she would be more attracted to her husband if he lost 20 pounds—which is considered a relatively easy query—her husband lunged for the button.

“What ends up happening is they use it to help themselves because they don’t want to hear something revealed about themselves,” Mr. Darnell said. “Or they don’t use it [because they really want to hear the answer].”

Screening for contestants, Mr. Darnell said he looks for “the most average person available.”

“I don’t want this to be Jerry Springer,” he said. “Because these are things that you and I relate to but we never have to say it. Everybody thinks this stuff, but they never have to say it. Here they have to say it—or they lose the money.”

The question that’s bound to haunt “Truth” is not about the accuracy of the participants, but of the show itself.

Polygraphs are highly reliable for determining anxiety, but their ability to detect truthfulness has been debated for decades. The American Polygraph Association, from compiling hundreds of research studies on the matter, says field examinations produced an accuracy rate between 92% and 98%. Laboratory-based examinations were less accurate at 80% to 81%.

The Supreme Court declared in 1998 that “there is simply no consensus that polygraph evidence is reliable” and that “to this day, the scientific community remains extremely polarized” on the issue.

Fox’s “Truth” is legally protected because participants sign an agreement to abide by the polygraph examiner’s conclusion. But what if a contestant is unjustly humiliated before millions of viewers for a moral crime he has not committed?

Mr. Darnell and Mr. Schultz said the reactions of the show’s participants have convinced them their process is fair and reliable.

“In the vast majority of contestants, 99%, [they don’t say the machine is wrong]. You get, “Hmm, I was a little worried when I answered that question,’” Mr. Darnell said. “It was very obvious in the back of their mind they knew it might come up as a lie. I don’t think we ever got it wrong in the 24 contestants we’ve had. And they never protested. They’re embarrassed, they thought they could fool a lie detector or weren’t sure about their answer.”

Given the revelations and the stakes involved, Mr. Darnell said he doesn’t consider “Truth” a game show. The whole process is too personal and revelatory to be lumped in with the likes of “The Price Is Right.”

“The game is an illusion, it’s a mechanism,” Mr. Darnell said. “By the time a participant is done, you feel like you know all about them. It’s like doing a dysfunctional family documentary in 20 minutes. All the secrets come out. All the lies come out.”

Click here to watch a video clip from “The Moment of Truth.”

Comments (72)

There is broad consensus amongst scientists that polygraph testing has no scientific basis. The only ones claiming high accuracy rates for the lie detector are the polygraph operators themselves and those who, like Mike Darnell, who have a vested interest in promoting public belief in this junk science.

James:

Announce that your contestants for the first season will be Members of Congress, and you'll have a hit, before the FCC closes you down, or you are found in some obscure military park!!

Hey, that could be a new hot Mystery Show --- "Who will the next White House Staffer to die under strange circumstances?"

But with taxes tripling and the cost of electric power and fuel going up, who can afford to use their TV or to even buy one?

James

James:

Announce that your contestants for the first season will be Members of Congress, and you'll have a hit, before the FCC closes you down, or you are found in some obscure military park!!

Hey, that could be a new hot Mystery Show --- "Who will the next White House Staffer to die under strange circumstances?"

But with taxes tripling and the cost of electric power and fuel going up, who can afford to use their TV or to even buy one?

James

David G.:

This is a rip off of the old show, Lie Detector, which had F. Lee Baily as host about 20 years ago... so this isn't news unless a rip off of an old show is news... I don't think so. D.

Kalani H.:

Big deal. They´ve been playing this lie detector game on several shows in Spain for a number of years. It´s pretty much played itself out. It´s just more garbage coming out of the backsides of producers and writers who´ve exhausted their supply of creativity. Gladiators and the Roman arena may just be around the corner.

Rusty S.:

Seriously!?!?
whats the difference between this and "The Maury Show"? Is the next project in the pipeline a reality series where they give the guests dna tests to determine which of the 42 men she had sex with is the father of her baby?

bonnie:

This is great - if you live in a trailer/raise pit bulls/dropped out of high school/beat your wife/eat at McDonalds/voted for Bush...........

David:

"This is great - if you live in a trailer/raise pit bulls/dropped out of high school/beat your wife/eat at McDonalds/voted for Bush...."

Good one Bonnie, did your "life partner" come up with it?

Andy:

Hey George, your opinion that a polygraph "has broad consensus among scientists" having no "scientific basis" makes no sense. Science is science----you can't have "consensus" in science. It's either scientifically true, or it isn't. Just like the global warming myth---there can't be scientists that agree by "consensus" that global warming is a man-made threat to the planet. There's either scientific fact, or there isn't. Consensus has NOTHING to do with the facts. After all, a group of people can all come to a consensus that up is down, and down is up. But just because they agree by consensus, that does not make it true. Think about it.

I saw your anti-polygraph web page, and you are certainly entitled to your opinion. I don't agree with your opinion, and no, I am not a polygraph examiner. I happen to think that they work very well, as long as a trained and qualified polygraph examiner is conducting the test. This new TV show will probably "hype" their answers and bend the truth a little bit. After all, it's TV and the bottom line is ratings.

Joel:

Yes, but the show is already stacked because the contestants are willing to go onthe air.

It's not like they really have anything they want to or can hide, because they want to do it.

It's going to be another one of those long-drawn-out things, where they build up the hype, and then edit it so tightly that the reactions you see of family members have nothing to do with what is really happening.

No thanks.

Joe:

This is disgusting, simply because lie detectors aren't useful. I hope Fox gets sued out of business for playing with people like this - it's as scientific as 'asking spirits' about the 'sins' of participants with a ouija board.

Joe:

Oh, and Andy? You know /nothing/ about science, and you prove yourself a politician and a polemicist, not a thinker. Go back to watching Day-Time TV, and leave science to those of us who can actually /think/ instead of just talking.

Jase:

Hillary or Bill should be the first contestant!!!

Cliffc:

You'll never get a Democrat on your show, they don't shut their mouth long enough for you to read the meter!!!!!

James:

Actually, Andy, I agree that the jury is still out on global warming's being caused by humans, and that people like Al Gore are just lying for political gain when they claim the case is closed and everyone agrees.

BUT you're wrong about scientific fact vs. consensus. The fact is, actually, that scientific theories are never exactly correct, but rather are approproximations which work, more or less. For example, Newton's "Laws" are actually known to be false, but engineers still use them because they are so close to correct given earthly conditions; and quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity are both used even though they are completely incompatible, and can't both be "true."

Science is more about observations fitting into a theory that can predict them than about being true. I refer you to Thomas S. Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions," perhaps the defining book on the issue.

Kevin:

This is totally stupid. Years ago, I had to take a polygraph test for something, and learned from polygraph.com in about 5 minutes how to beat the test. It's rediculously easy, and proves that the polygraph machine is nothing more than a torture device designed to elicit confessions by intimidating, threatening, and embarassing the subject. There isn't a shred of science to them. The website is run by Doug Williams, who administered polygraph tests for years and was considered the top guy in the field. He explains how to simply show the reactions the tester is looking for, and you can easily lie about anything from personal information to your name to whether you are a human or an anteater.

Anyone interested in the subject has to get a copy of his manual. Then if you can find your way onto the game show, you can be guaranteed the top prize.

Ron R.:

As Jack Nicholson said in the movie: "You can't handle the truth!"

lloyd pflueger:

I think this would be a winner if all contestants were state and government employees
and elected officials.
I would give you a choice of 25 questions and put through three times as many
the first question would be
Do you understand what you are voting for.?
Have you read the bill.?
Did anyone tell you how to vote.?
Have you ever taken a constituent to dinner.
Did you influence the hiring of any friend or relative?
Do you report bad behavior of fellow workers?

lloyd pflueger:

I think this would be a winner if all contestants were state and government employees
and elected officials.
I would give you a choice of 25 questions and put through three times as many
the first question would be
Do you understand what you are voting for.?
Have you read the bill.?
Did anyone tell you how to vote.?
Have you ever taken a constituent to dinner.
Did you influence the hiring of any friend or relative?
Do you report bad behavior of fellow workers?

Ryan:

I can't think of a single question I wouldn't answer for 500 grand? Especially considering this is on FOX and not say HBO or something..?

Anyone know some sample questions?

Alan:

Just another modern-day-electronic freak show in a never ending parade of them. Of course the producer is going to hype it up, it's his salary and reputation on the line if it crashes and burns. I totally agree with summation by Kalahni H above. Network TV is headed for arenas with REAL guts and gore, not because it's what viewers want, but what the networks want.

King Alexander:

Courts still do not allow polygraph evidence because it is deemed less reliable than it is prejudicial. There is some excitement now about functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) because it shows activity in specific areas of the brain whose functions are known (e.g. dissembling and inventing versus remembering). The show would be of more interest if it used that. Doing criminal defense, we rarely see anyone cleared by polygraph, and almost never allow a client to submit to it. Law enforcement tends to use polygraph to tell a person of interest that their test showed "deception" in order to get them to incriminate themselves. They say the operator is a trained, independent professional, but he wears a deputy's uniform and the sheriff signs his checks. A prosecutor told me that often he will suggest a polygraph not to see its results, but to see the accused's reaction to the proposal. Talk about deception.

Matt:

Howard Stern has been doing this Stateside for years. Same with the 5th grader bit. I guess we can look forward to a Fox produced Wheel-of-Sex show any day now.

Brian:

George Mashke knows nothing about polygraph...he's failed two of them! The FBI doesn't want him and neither does LAPD. Polygraphs are reliable and they keep creeps like him out of law enforcement.

Larry S:

Lloyd P. has the right idea.........All politicians should have to take the polygraph exam before runing for office and while campaigning for office. If they are then elected, they should have scheduled annual polygraph exams as well as no notice polygraph exams also on an annual basis. All polygraph results must be made publc along with the questions asked. Perhaps then we can bring some credibility back to our government.

DP:

This show that supposedly "is going to be the talk of the town and knocked out of the park" must have found some amazing change in the taste of American viewers in the last 25 years. The show "Lie Detector" tried this in 1983 and it didn't work. Just more proof that Hollywood has nothing original left to offer. Thank God for sports.

Bill:

Will the liars associated with FOX and its alleged news network be contestants on the show? It would be damn impossible for them to be hooked up to lie detector equipment and still tell us with a straight face that FOX is not biased towards the GOP.

Dave:

Great. More unwatchable crap on the idiot box. No big surprise there...

I have a theory that no matter what the subject is on any public forum that allows open comments, that it is impossible to get beyond ten comments before some liberal makes compleletely irrelevant, asinine, insulting statements about GW Bush, conservatives, McDonalds or WalMart, if not all of the above.

It makes me wonder how much bitterness and anger fills their lives that they can't even comment on a TV show without spewing their hatred and vitriol in a public forum.

The first such comment on this thread was #7. Way to go bonnie! You get the FMP award (First Moonbat Post).

Dan:

Regardless of if you think lie detectors work or not, you will all watch the show. Whether it be because you find it interesting, or that you laugh at how un-scientific it is, you will watch simply because of the hype. Even if it is for one episode. And that is what FOX wants. They could care less if lie detectors work. If you watch the show, which all of us will, then FOX has done their job. And everyone that posts on this thread will watch it. I hate reality shows especially Deal or No Deal. But if I happen to see it on, I watch it until the end just to see how much is won. Hope you all enjoy the show.

Clay:

Hey Bill, Why do all the leftists like yourself get so bent out of shape about Fox being right. (You like to call it biased) When the left has every other news outlet; ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, etc? Please let me know.

GRC:

Bill, they [FOXNews] never claimed to be unbiased. They claimed to be balanced. And they are balanced to a fault. State another news program that has point-counter point on the significant issues of the day. CNN? CBS? NBC? NPR? LOL... laughable isn't it. I would to see one of those mentioned above invite Coulter, Novak or even Hannity on to sit next to Frankel or Garofalo in a debate... wait a minute. Are there any non-comedian liberal commentators?

Greg:

Jeemeny Christmas...does anyone who comments on this darned thing know how to lighten the hell up??? If you don't like the show, turn the freakin' channel! If you don't think a polygraph is reliable, then sign up to be a contestant and take some of their money. Either way, the entirety of the universe is NOT about your freakin' political agenda. Lighten the hell up and have some fun now and again. Sheesh!

GRC:

Lighten up Greg....

Ed:

"This is great - if you live in a trailer/raise pit bulls/dropped out of high school/beat your wife/eat at McDonalds/voted for Bush...."

David, whats wrong with beating your wife and eating at McDonald's ?

D. Hunter:

Dear Cosmic',
"I have a theory that no matter what the subject is on any public forum that allows open comments, that it is impossible to get beyond ten comments before some liberal makes compleletely irrelevant, asinine, insulting statements about GW Bush, conservatives, McDonalds or WalMart, if not all of the above..."

Good one. Maybe it's because....wait for it...
here it comes...are you ready?...wait for it...

GW Bush, conservatives, etc... have been in "power" for the last 7 years and destroying the country and possibly the world?

Just a guess here. But I don't want to get dramatic. lol


D. Hunter:

Your post is a perfect example of the sort of intellectual claptrap that liberals like to pretend is "reality based."

This is not the place to educate you about your prejudices and bigotry. It is enough to simply demonstrate them.

D. Hunter:

Cosmic,

What? Wait a minute....WHAT????

Ugh, yeah....ok....whatever you say.

Maybe spend a little less time floating around in space "Cosmic" and a little more time down here, on Earth in what we humans like to call "reality".

LOL!!!!

CosmicNobody:

CosmicConservative: I don't think a group of Americans could ever go five minutes without sticking out their chests and proclaiming their political alignment...

Kind of like you, CosmicConservatve -- do you really think anyone cares about your political opinions? Or is your conservatism the most interesting thing about you (according to you)? If so, maybe you should try getting a hobby. Maybe carving soap, that's pretty non-political.

Good luck.

d smooth:

Howard Stern has been playing this game for a decade.

D. Hunter: What, do you think you are immune from charges of bigotry or prejudice, even when you put them on display so prominently? Or do you think that your comments about conservatives were rational, unbiased and provable? As I said, you simply prove my point with every comment you make. Let me clue you in D. it's prejudice and bigotry ANYTIME you prejudge people en masse and start out with negative opinions as a basis for discussion. Just because you think it is OK to be bigoted and prejudiced against conservatives doesn't in any way reduce the prejudice and bigotry.

You just THINK it does.

CosmicNobody: Same comments to you. You casually insult every American but such a thing does not qualify in your mind as "prejudice" or "bigotry" in spite of the fact that it is the very dictionary definition of the words.

That's what I find so hilarious about liberals.

D. Hunter:


A better show would be a revised version of
"CHEATERS"...called "BROKEBACK HILL"....highlighting all
our fabulous CLOSETED, DRUG ADDICT, VOW-BREAKING, CONSERVATIVE,
PROSTITUTE-PAYING,
HATE MONGERS.


Like a mini-series highlighting such "LEADERS" as
Ted Haggard, Mark Fowley, Don Sherwood,
David Vitter, Larry Craig and Richard Curtis.
(who have made Clinton's BJ look like a
"trouser-friendly kiss") lol

Yes....THAT would be a wonderful show.

NOT another "Maury-ish" lie detector "who's your Daddy" ripoff.
lol


D. Hunter:

Cosmic:

"Or do you think that your comments about conservatives were rational, unbiased and provable..."

AHEM.


Please see my last post.

There's your proof.
lol


I like you Cosmic. I really do.
You make me laugh. lol.

D. Hunter:

Cosmic:

"do you think you are immune from charges of bigotry or prejudice, even when you put them on display so prominently?"

SEE YOUR FIRST ENTRY:
"I have a theory that no matter what the subject is on any public forum that allows open comments, that it is impossible to get beyond ten comments before some liberal makes compleletely irrelevant, asinine, insulting statements..."

LOL!!!!!! THAT'S "bigotry & prejudice"!

Keep 'em coming....you're hysterical!
I love your mindless conservative humor.
Gotta love it.
Thanks again.


Howard Stern has been doing this for over 10 years. God bless Ed Torean.

"Have you ever said the word Nig*!%?"

Kevin:

I love this trailer trash stuff. I'll TIVO it right after I watch Maury doing his paternity tests! Can you beleive he gets paid for that?


Vickie:

You all must have had some dry turkey on Thursday. Should have tried what I had.......... roasted California Condor with a side of Harp Seal. Endangered yes, but delicious! What will I have for Christmas?

Hurry D...... call PETA.

D. Hunter:

Vickie, LOL!

Yes, California Condor is tasty!

For Christmas I would suggest Bald Eagle, Canadian Lynx or some Grey Wolf. YUM!

Owen:

This show will last until the first suicide.

Lawrence Talbot:

Will the liars associated with CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, PBS and CBS and its alleged news networks be contestants on the show? It would be damn impossible for them to be hooked up to lie detector equipment and still tell us with a straight face that CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, PBS and CBS is not biased towards the DEMS .

Artie Vandal:

First off, some moron near the top called global warming a myth. Soak that in while you place your bets on whether he believes in evolution or not.

Second, Howard Stern has been doing this for about 10 years.

Cosmic, you are fighting a lost cause. Heck, it even seems like Trent Lott has now been uncovered as another hypocritical Republican. Resigning with 5 years left of a 6 year term? After being reelected just a year ago? Sure he's leaving to spend more time with his family, right? What a joke!

I JUST read comments from a male escort that is a buddy of Trent Lott's! Larry Flint also claims to have more big news about a high-up politician and a sex scandal. Let's put Trent on the lie detector test!

Artie Vandal, Go read the entire post about global warming being a myth. It is clear that the writer was saying the statement that "global warming is a man-made threat" is a myth, and it is! 98% of the gas in out atmosphere that affects the earths temprature is WATER VAPOR! Of the other 2% ONLY .2% is man-made. If that .2% was completely eliminated from the atmosphere the global warming that is now occuring NATURALLY would still continue at the same rate! The temprature on Mars has risen at the same rate as that on earth, and I don't think martians are driving SUVs up there!

HonestToAPoint:

How did we get from a TV game show to global warming? But as long as we're there, the questions about sex may drive the ratings, but people will happily answer (honestly) questions about their infidelity, before they will answer (honestly) any question about topics charged with politically-correct overtones. It could cost you your life to give an honest answer about your opinions of whether a particular man was really a prophet, for instance. Your job hangs on holding fast to other PC cant.

Dave:

Another rip off of the great Howard Stern. First, 5th Grader. Now this. For shame.

paul c in austin:

Maybe I'm picking here, but what's up with paragraph 10?

"Mr. Darnell screened a “Truth” preview for a small group of reporters and staff in his office, which is decorated with leather furniture and animal-skin rugs."

Stay on point, Hibberd. The rest of your article was great (well, everything up to the tenth paragraph, where I quit).

no:

They were doing this on MTV and VH1 years ago.

Also, "Are you smarter than a 5th grader" is not a show to be proud about. If you're stupider than a fifth grader, please do not breed.

mike:

Politicians would probably do well on a polygraph. Now 'Amnesia' starring our electd officials...there's a hit!

mike:

Politicians would probably do well on a polygraph. Now 'Amnesia' starring our electd officials...there's a hit!

cookiemonster:

Well all I know is we've got to fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em over here...

Tasha:

SHUT UP EVERYONE!!! Just give things a chance! Gees you all sound like a bunch of middle school students! Grow up already! Some people do like the idea and personally I do and I am looking forward to seeing this game show! Don't you people have anything better to do other than being ignorant? You people have too much time on your hands! Get a Life!

Stephanie Peltier:

I beleive this show has gone to far in reality show business. Do you really want to see relationships crash on REALITY tv, I don't think so, we got Dr.Phil and Maurry. thats enough...sure ppl who watch this crap on the television are into seeying the significant other cry and gasp bout the REAL answer bout their husband secret or LIE, weither they groped a co-worker..this show is sickening...

Ben Arrowood:

Put the Bill O'Reilly of Fox News on there and have Keith Olbermann ask the questions. Bill O'Reilly is the biggest TV news liar known to man and when Bill O'Reilly gets busted he does 1 of 2 things:
1.)Threatens to have you escorted off of the set if you say something that he doesn't like. There is a video with Bill O'Reilly and Phil Donahue on YouTube that has Bill threatening to have Phil escorted off of the set.
2.) Threatens to send Fox Security after you if you say or do something he doesn't like. I can understand the reason that Fox Security exists is because Rupert Murdorch, CEO of Fox/Fox News's parent company, News Corp. gets at least 1 death threat a day, but they don't need to misuse the security officers.
Ben

CosmicSucks:

Cosmic. You made my day. Your head is so far up your ass I'd be surprised if you could still walk. I think you should follow CosmicNobody's and stick to soap carving, not politics.

momonroe:

At the age of 19 I had to take a polygraph as prerequisite to securing a job at a Piggly-Wiggly type department store. All was going fine until I was asked if I had ever killed anybody. I had an abusive step mother whom I had often wished would either leave my dad, vanish or just kick. She attempted suicide 6 times during the few years that she was with my father.

The guilt and anxiety of memories of wishing her out of my life and secretly hoping she would just finally end it all sent the needle reeling. Funny thing is that I had never stolen anything in my life, rarely lied and felt tremendous guilt until I had resolved it. I was exceptionally kind and often befriended the kids at school who were isolated. Certainly I had never killed anyone.

So what if the stress of being on the show and having a memory that is triggered by a question provokes a stress response rather than a revelation that the contestant is lying? How do you go home and convince your husband or wife that you have never cheated or wouldn't? This show will eventually attract the same kind of contestants who would sit on a Jerry Springer stage. Isn't there enough tabloid type fodder out there with Britney Spears, Anna Nicole and Vanessa Hudgens alone? Why do we as a people feel the need to exploit, be exploited or watch other people being expoited? That's the question we should be asking ourselves.

Kim Douglass:

Hey! How can I get on this show???? I'm a normal everyday person, and I bet I can win easy.

Marcus:

I believe this show will be a ratings hit for the first 3-4 weeks. The only problem I have is that they are targeting to wrong contestants (average people). I think we need to reach a little further. I believe we should have people like Wilford Brimley and ask him if he really knows how to pronounce diabetes. We should put Yao Ming in the chair and ask “Have you ever wished for the mass extinction of the black race?” It would really help his NBA career if that happened. Has Alex Trebek ever sent death threats to Pat Sajak? Does Bill Cosby even like pudding? These are the pertinent questions that America wants answered!

tashia:

I am going to love this show. I would definitely have a question for the so called GOVERNMENT that I think all of America would love to ask our suppose to be leaders. WHO IN THE HELL KEEPS PLAYING WITH THE GAS PRICES AND WHO BENEFITS FROM IT???????? I would love to see the look on there faces after that one!

J:

Would you kids quit arguing and settle down! For Pete's sake don't make me pull this damn car over!

I'm already wringing my hands over the possibility of the first "Celebrity Editon." Can you imagine? The public could finally find out all sorts of truths about their heroes. We could ask Tom Cruise, 'Is Suri the human hybrid baby born with the alien sperm donors from the Church of Scientology?' Check out www.crabbygolightly.com for some more questions we could pose to our favorite celebrities! CrabbyGolightly.com. Taking a dim view of celebrity, media and power.

lynn pohsweg:

this is one of the worst i've seen in a while.

Benny_who_ha:

I swear I have seen the 3rd contestant so far(the beauty queen), on a late night infomercial! If this is true, are all the contestants actors? Hmm...makes you think.

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