ABC's 20/20 Team Will Return To Eastern Kentucky

One week after a special report on Appalachia created a national stir, the ABC program 20/20 is returning to eastern Kentucky.

Friday's episode is expected to explore solutions to the region's problems and give updates on the people featured last week.

Many people complained about the program saying it showed the usual stereotypical views.

One UK professor told the Herald Leader that the show generated more discussion about the region than anything in the last three decades.

It was the highest rated prime time program Friday night.


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  • by anonymous Location: Ky on Mar 15, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    Yes I saw the program, but they didn't show the whole story. You see we the people of eastern Ky was very offended by what they showed. Tell me someone if you know why the ---- don't they show the poorest of the poor that live in Calif, New York, Chicago. Hey I lived in Michigan for 30 years and they had little shannies that was rotting to the ground, dirty snaggled toothed childern and living on welfare, but you don't hear about that. It makes a pity story if it is Ky. Why didn't you show those Multimillion dollar homes in Ky. Ms Diane Sawyers has gotten above her raising, by the way she is from Ky you know. Get it right Diane every state in the US has it's poor. The good Lord would want you to do something positive, not always negative. Have you ever crossed over into Va, W Va, Tenn to see how they live? no you're from here and the tv stations pay you big bucks to degrade us. Get a life know-it all.
  • by me Location: Kentucky on Mar 2, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    I think that there is more people that abuses the gov. system. There are alot of people tht are flat out lazy and try to rely on gov. funds. My husband got hurt on a job and left us in a hard place. I had to get help for the gov. and it wasnt easy. I had to volunteer or go to school. I dont see why anyone would go volunteer when they can go out and get paid a heck of lot better than Welfare.I know I didnt even get enough to pay my main bills,like electric, water, insurance and so on, not including the extras. So Welfare is not all tht great and really not all that helpful.YOu have to take part as if you were holding down a full time job.So why not get paid for it.Quit being lazy and get a job.I also dont agree with these people that can recieve a check just because the have a drinking problem.It truely is sad what people will settle for. I am glad that I am able to get out and work and support my family.The gov. doesnt help no where near what we pay into it.
  • by kyler Location: home on Feb 25, 2009 at 01:42 AM
    I was born and raised in EKY I now live in central KY. I just want to say that I see the same things on the back roads in Danville! There are drug problems all over the state! these people dont want help! Its sad but true that these children are suffering because parents dont want to get help. Diane, next time I think you can leave out the subtitles!
  • by Jack Location: South Dakota on Feb 24, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Whew! The posts on this forum aren't doing much to debunk the stereotypes perpetuated by 20/20. I grew up on Middle Fork in Elliot county and I have to say that the attitude is oppressive and very negative there. Not dim people, just small thinking.
  • by mike Location: stanville on Feb 23, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    Any community, state or nation is a reflection of its leadership. The documentary by Diane Sawyer reflects the issue of leadership or the lack of. We as a people of the mountains have been misrepresented for years as the focus of job diversity has been ignored for the sake of making coal a priority for political clout. Its all about the coal severance tax monies and the fact it is not earmarked, something the politicans cannot afford to loose. If your area begins to grow and develop there would be a change in the tax structuring and there would go the politicans play money. Wake up eastern Ky. and thank Diane Sawyer for bringing to light an issue that has long kept us all from being more prosperous.
  • by Joyce Location: Washington on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    The episodes re. children in Kentucky was very moving and was discussed at length w/my friends. I was glad to see that Shawn and the other children, including the mother who is receiving new teeth, are getting some help. I hope that ABC continues to follow up. I do not want to see Shawn get left behind again but it sounds as if Union College has a good wrap around program for him. I hope the state/govenor are sincere about improving the lives and provide more opportunities for the people in these areas. I hope ABC keeps up the good work with follow ups.
  • by henry Location: leatherwood on Feb 21, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    to check drawer!! good news,first of all us coal miners are working 6 days a week!!and as a added bonus this month just has 28 days! your check will be coming early this month.so check out the sale papers and plan your wal-mart trip.just let me know if you need anything and i'll try to work more overtime,hell even sundays for you!!! hope this finds you drunk and pilled up, henry
  • by check drawer Location: ky on Feb 20, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    I think we all need to be on sum kind of check its more then needed. Ive been drawin a check for 2yrs an I luv it. Now I would'nt work if i could live just fine off the workin man thank god for that
  • by Anonymous Location: Martin on Feb 20, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    who ever said mountain dew is bad for your teeth is wrong.. Because no one is going to get me for my mountain dew. What is bad for your teeth is the drug. Coal miners they don't get paid a little money. You would be surprised how much they make. I think people should take a bath because they will smell very very very bad... You talk about Kentucky why not the southeast side of Clombus, Ohio. Some of the houses around there it likes pretty bad. I should know because it was a good place a long time a go. My parents brought me to Kentucky to keep me and my brother and sister from getting into trouble. Like going to jail or killed.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 20, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    Jeb of Coonholler, you sure got For a Change all riled up. Too bad he does not understand sarcasm when he reads it. Good job Jeb, make these folks think a little instead of sitting around waiting for something.

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