Dodging a major storm of liberal attacks, A&E has decided to cancel its documentary series on the Ku Klux Klan before it even airs.
The cable network announced that “Escaping the KKK” will not be shown as originally planned.
A&E made the decision after it came to light that third-party producers of the show had been supplying participants with “nominal” cash payments to facilitate access.
A&E said in a statement released over the weekend that these payments “are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary. We had previously provided assurances to the public and to our core partners — including the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change — that no payment was made to hate group members, and we believed that to be the case at the time. We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project.”
The network went on to say that the series “was intended to serve as a close look at anti-hate extractors focused on helping people leave the Ku Klux Klan—the racist hate group with a long history of violence against African Americans and others. Our goal with this series has always been to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms.”
The series was originally titled “Generation KKK.”