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LA Co. Sheriffs Need a Reality Check

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At first Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was praised for deciding to allow Fox Reality to make a show about his recruits, since the deal brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in license fees as well as profits from the series. Hey, why not, right? Get the LA Co. Sheriff's Department's name out there, let America see what they're all about, maybe tempt some fence sitters to join the ranks to get in on the fun of serving, or maybe the fun of being on a reality television show, right?

Oh, Hollywood! Oh, reality television programming! How you work against the best of intentions to show the best of the worst. With two seasons of The Academy done, the bright idea is turning out to appear rather dim. According to the LA Times "after two seasons, the department's Office of Independent Review is calling on Baca to cancel The Academy, saying it subjects young recruits to on-air humiliation, invasion of their personal privacy, harassment and threats to their safety."

Hold up a minute! Does this mean reality television is a bad thing?