by Steve Benson
Welcome to the final chapter of the Duggars’ soon-to-be dead, reality-denying cable TV carny act: “You’ve Got to be Kidding Me –and Counting.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar—the kamikaze-krazed parents of Teenage Mutant Child Molester Josh Duggar—are bound and determined to do all they can in what’s left of their hour of power to sink TLC’s pathetic version of the Love Boat.
In delusional displays of obnoxious piety wrapped in the best persecution complex that ratings will no longer buy, they’re hell-bent on destroying whatever hope there may have been for refuge and repair in the lives their four victimized daughters—sexually abused, as they were, at the hands of an older brother whom Ma and Pa have sought to shield from the law—and to defend in the name of God and the Holy Kingdom of FOX.
Enter the Duggar Duo’s blinded faith in the face of their looming fate. As Jim Bob declares:
“We’re just going to go on and live life. We’re going to go on and serve God and make a difference in the world.”
TLC can help them make a difference in the world by canceling their show.
This sickening Duggar display of devotion to the dollar is worthy of a refund—with an attached promise of no renewal.
The Associated Press reports that while Daddy-Knows-Best Duggan admitted to FOX’s ever-enabling Megyn Kelly that, yeah, Josh molested his four younger sibs (with a family friend’s babysitter thrown in for good measure), it was important to try and understand where his son’s heart was:
“[Josh] said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes when they were sleeping; they didn’t even know he had done it. This was like touching somebody over their clothes. There were a couple of instances where he touched them under their clothes.”
Jim Bob’s description of the “under-the-clothes” approach?: “Improper touching. This was not rape or anything like that.” (Anyway, as Jim Bob and Michelle told the Washington Post, “their children were unaware that Josh had touched them until they spoke to their children about the incident.”
After that, Jim Bob claimed he and Michelle made sure to keep a real close eye on their Joystick Josh:
“We watched him, like, all the time. I took him to work with me . . .. Nothing ever happened like that again in the girls’ bedrooms after that.” In the end, as the Post reports, they concluded that Josh “was ‘not at all’ a threat to their daughters.” Jim Bob said, “Looking back, we did the best we could under the circumstances.”
Earth to Jim Bob: No, you didn’t.
1. The magazine, In Touch Weekly, reports that “despite Josh’s confession [to his parents of molesting his sisters], [they] did not get him—or their daughters—counseling from a licensed mental health professional for at least 16 months. They have said the children did receive counseling but refuse to say if it was court ordered after the Families in Need of Services and the Arkansas Department of Human Services became involved in the Duggar case. . . . During [the period when Josh’s molestations were getting worse], they did not get professional counseling for Josh or his victims. ”
Oh, and “Jim Bob Duggar stopped cooperating with police during Josh’s investigation.”
2. Police reports obtained by the magazine cast serious doubts on the Duggars’ insistence that the girls were always asleep when Josh was getting to know them better. As KTLA (Los Angeles) reports:
“Josh Duggar was 15 in March 2003 when he molested his 5-year-old sister, according to police documents obtained by In Touch Weekly. The reports said he touched her breasts and vagina area while reading her a book on his lap, the magazine reported. He also allegedly put his hand up her skirt in the laundry room, according to the magazine.”
Maybe Josh’s sister was sleepwalking in the laundry room, as well as sleepsitting on his lap during story time.
3. Contradicting Jim Bob’s description of Josh’s over-the-clothes approach to communicating with little girls, a police report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office —obtained by in Touch Weekly (via the Freedom of Information Act)—”makes it clear that, despite Josh’s chilling confessions, the Duggars waited at least 16 months before contacting authorities about the molestations, even though the behavior was continuing and growing worse.”
4. Negligence on the part of Josh’s parents in their failure to report Josh’s molestations in a timely fashion would have made them criminally liable, according to In Touch Weekly:
“Legal experts [said] that Jim Bob and Michelle could have faced six years in prison for their inaction, if the statute of limitations had not expired . . .. [Several of them told] In Touch that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar could have . . . been charged with Permitting Abuse of a Minor (Arkansas Code 5-27-221). [
“The [Washington County sheriff department report] continues to raise questions about why Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar failed to act in alerting authorities despite Josh’s repeated confessions of sexual molestation and why they didn’t do more to protect their daughters.
“By the time police launched their investigation in 2006, the statute of limitations had expired and police turned the matter over to social services. The Duggars did eventually take Josh to a state trooper Joseph Hutchens. But Hutchens, who is serving 56 years in prison [on a child pornography conviction], said in an interview from behind bars that Jim Bob and Josh told him about only one incident and that’s why he didn’t report it to the child abuse hotline. The new police report states only that Jim Bob said when they visited Hutchens Josh ‘had admitted to Cpl Hutchins (sic) what he had done.’/The police did not independently verify that.”
It’s all over but the shouting. The Duggars’ latest interview implode has made sure of that. As MSN Entertainment reports:
“Based on the early response to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s interview with Fox News, the future of their TLC reality series ’19 Kids and Counting’ looks bleak . . ..
“On NBC’s ‘Today,’ co-anchor Matt Lauer noted that people typically agree to sit for a TV interview in order to put controversial issues to rest. But in this case, he said, the interview only raised more questions, such as why the Duggars waited for more than a year to report Josh’s actions to authorities despite his having confessed to his actions three times.
“In David Wright’s report on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ he said, ‘As a father of three little girls this was a brutal hour to watch.’
“CNN’s Anderson Cooper said: ‘If you have 19 kids, you can’t be a good parent.’
“But what really may doom the Duggars’ TV future is the response on social media– something that advertisers pay a lot of attention to these days, according to Brad Adgate, senior vice president for research at the ad-buying firm Horizon Media . . . .Adgate said he believes that the public reaction to the Duggars will make it ‘an impossible task’ to get advertisers to support the program if it ever returned. A number of major companies have already said they will not run their spots in ’19 Kids and Counting,’ which was pulled from the TLC schedule on May 22. ‘Advertisers are concerned about the environment they place their ads in and in this day of social media–it’s changed from days of letter writing,’ Adgate said. ‘There is much more pressure that consumers can place on advertisers if they are sponsoring a show that is inappropriate, and today you can do it in real time.’ . . . Adgate said he believes that TLC is likely looking for a graceful way out.'”
Even the Duggars appear to see the writing on the wall:
“When asked by Kelly about the future of the program, Jim Bob Duggar said, ‘We are fine whether they film us or not.'”
Great. You’re fine and the rest of us are better off. Turn out the lights; the masquerade party’s over. The deceitful, dollar-devoted Duggars had their moment of fame.
Now comes the shame, if they’re even capable of it.
I wouldn’t hold your breath, if I were you.
To re-quote Jim Bob, “We’re just going to go on and live life.”
Um, what about your daughters’ lives?
Lordy, what losers.
What do you think?
SOURCE: The Arizona Republic