When CBS decided to film a reality show by putting 40 kids in the desert to create their own society, controversy was certain to follow. And the news stories slamming "Kid Nation" certainly have hit a fever pitch in the past few days. Two major articles have appeared questioning whether the children were abused or exploited during their 40 days in a New Mexico ghost town, one in the New York Times and one in the LA Times.
A mother of one participant who was burned in a cooking accident has alleged that the children were put in harm's way during the taping. There's also been a fuss over whether the production broke New Mexico's child labor laws. CBS responded to the criticism on Tuesday, saying the children were in good hands at all times and no laws were broken in the process, even as another New York Times story said the show was warned that it could be in violation of labor guidelines.
Maybe it's the skeptic in me, but I wonder if any publicity is good publicity for the show; the dust-ups certainly make me want to tune in when the show premieres Sept. 19. In the meantime, CBS also released a new promo for the show, which you can watch if you
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