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‘Amish Mafia,’ a Real Exercise in Pop Culture Exploitation

‘Amish Mafia,’ a Real Exercise in Pop Culture Exploitation

January 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

WASHINGTON POST 01/04/13 By Lisa Miller The week before Christmas, 3 million people watched the Discovery Channel’s new reality show, “Amish Mafia,” making it the second-most-viewed cable show that night, after the trashy hit “Moonshiners.” This is surprising for two reasons: First, it reveals Americans’ enduring fetish with all things […]

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‘Amish Mafia’ is a Shameful, Unrealistic Portrayal of Plain People

‘Amish Mafia’ is a Shameful, Unrealistic Portrayal of Plain People

November 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/29/12 By Michael Shank If anyone thinks that the Discovery Channel is about actual discovery of, say, science, history, space, or tech, as their Web site claims, think again. Or if you think that its sister company, The Learning Channel (TLC), is about learning new insight or information, […]

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Hill Climbers: Aide Sees a Future in Congress

Hill Climbers: Aide Sees a Future in Congress

October 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

ROLL CALL 10/01/12 By Emily Cahn Michael Shank is driven by his commitment to progressive values. The returning communications director and senior policy adviser in Rep. Mike Honda’s (D-Calif.) office was raised in an Amish-Mennonite community in Kidron, Ohio, where the ideas of helping the downtrodden, sustainable development and nonviolence […]

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Political Discourse: A Family Affair

Political Discourse: A Family Affair

September 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

WASHINGTON POST 09/04/12 By Michael Shank In pursuing politics in Washington, and as a senior congressional staffer, I am the odd one out in my extended family: many, if not most, of my relatives are farmers, preachers or teachers. At family reunions, consequently, like the one I recently returned from, […]

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Republicans and the Mennonite Vote

Republicans and the Mennonite Vote

August 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

THE HILL 08/17/12 By Michael Shank In pursuing politics in Washington, and as a former senior congressional staffer, I am the odd one out in my extended family: many, if not most, of my relatives are farmers, preachers or teachers. At family reunions, consequently, like the one I recently returned […]

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Time for the Peace Vote?

Time for the Peace Vote?

January 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

WASHINGTON POST 01/24/12 By Michael Shank It is ironic that Amish and Mennonites — arguably some of the least politically active Christian sects in America — settled in some of the most politically important regions of the country, in states that are critical for their primary caucus value or swing […]

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