EW.com's own 'Moment of Truth' moment of truth

Moment_of_truth_genius_lUh… say what? Imagine our surprise to see (in a recent on-air promo) that EW.com apparently thinks Fox’s new game show The Moment of Truth is "Genius." For the uninformed, The Moment of Truth, which premieres tonight, features people who willingly subject themselves to lie-detector tests that will tear apart their dearest human relationships… for money. Of course, for money. Anyway, that quote was taken totally out of context from a Hollywood Insider post in which Dan Snierson labeled the show "one of those is-it-genius-or-is-it-the-end-of-Western-Civilization? masterpieces." Lovely! When asked how it felt to hold the high esteem of having been quoted in a misleading Fox promo, Dan responded:

I am not at all flattered! I can’t believe that Fox would take my words so seriously out of context! I’m calling my lawyers to see what we can do about this gross twisting of the truth and it would be in the network’s best interest to cease and desist by the end of the day. This isn’t a sin of omission—it’s a sin of commission to deceive by printing only half of my words. My life will be dedicated to righting this egregious wrong.

Ha! Oh, silly Fox. This reminds me of the time in 2005 when I called the "Rainy Day Women" episode of The O.C. "the absolute best show in the history of television, or at least on Fox in 2005." Oh, silly Annie. Of course, the next day’s promo screamed "SEE WHAT EW.COM CALLS THE ABSOLUTE BEST SHOW IN THE HISTORY OF TELEVISION." Score! Oh, the shame. Anyway, who else is going to be completely despicable and tune into The Moment of Truth tonight just for the sheer spectacle of it all?

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  • Will

    I saw one of these promos, and it did say something to the effect of “…the show EW.com calls ‘either the end of Western Civilization or Genius’”. That seems pretty accurate, but maybe they’ve changed it to just quote the “Genius” part.

  • Will

    Ah, check that, just watched the youtube link, and they did cut it down to just “Genius”. So yeah, boo.

  • t3hdow

    I saw both quotes, but I’ve seen some promos constantly misquote EW statements. The most recent one I noticed was the 27 Dresses commercial. Owen gave the film a C+, but said some positive word in the middle of his review (I think it was ‘glowing’ or ‘splendid’ or something to that effect) that the advertisers stuck on the promos.
    It’s not a big surprise, knowing how much movie ads tote every friggin’ film released as the next greatest movie ever/since [enter ultra popular film from a particular genre].

  • jaime

    RAINY DAY WOMEN WAS THE BEST EPISODE OF THE OC!!! THE MUSIC THE DRAMA THE STORY IT WAS JUST PERFECT….
    Now i wanna watch it again. . .ill pull out the dvd tonight!!!!

  • donner

    Look at you go, Annie…I know the next time I see a quote from EW that it’ll be a bogus, out of context summation and its actually Bizarro Compliment Time…(what’s good is bad, what’s up is down, etc)… I shant be viewing ‘Truth’, as I’m on a self-imposed reality boycott (if we give in and watch this crap, our beloved scripted shows may never return at all)…Enjoy that Genius-osity…heh…

  • Dtom

    I originally saw the promo where they included the whole quote, which I actually thought was interesting because it seemed almost self-deprecating (although intriguing at the same time). However, pulling the word “Genius” out of context like that for the other promos is unconscionable.

  • Dtom

    Here’s a thought…if I post a comment saying it’s the greatest show of all time, could they say something like, “‘Greatest Show of All Time’ – EW.com.” I mean, the comment appeared on ew.com, it’s just that it was written in the comment section, rather than the blog section. The studios could have a field day quoting the comments on this website.

  • Nick’d

    Misquote notwithstanding, I think the show might be genius. In the sense that it’s genius in this time of celeb scandals and obsessions, this puts real people in the hot seat. Fascinating.

  • Angela

    I’m not tuning in – I would like to say it’s because I am above watching people debase themselves for money, but the truth is that I’ll be watching American Idol auditions, and I can only handle so much watching people debase themselves for money in one night. :-)

  • Ep Sato

    My wife’s uncle visited us from Colombia a few months ago and told us this show’s already a huge hit in Latin America. Of course, many of the contestants on the show lost their jobs and spouses. But think of all the money they won instead ;)
    Everyone loves a good scandal. Who wouldn’t want to hear an otherwise good person admit they don’t like old people or that they’d rather not give their seat to a pregnant woman while on the bus, or that they’d keep a wallet they found on the street?! Our society is based on people being polite, which is often the opposite of being honest.
    As for why people would sell out their deepest secrets for money? It’s because they are whores to be ridiculed.

  • Ep Sato

    My wife’s uncle visited us from Colombia a few months ago and told us this show’s already a huge hit in Latin America. Of course, many of the contestants on the show lost their jobs and spouses. But think of all the money they won instead ;)
    Everyone loves a good scandal. Who wouldn’t want to hear an otherwise good person admit they don’t like old people or that they’d rather not give their seat to a pregnant woman while on the bus, or that they’d keep a wallet they found on the street?! Our society is based on people being polite, which is often the opposite of being honest.
    As for why people would sell out their deepest secrets for money? It’s because they are whores to be ridiculed.

  • AA

    I’ve never heard of this show, but since EW.com thinks it’s “genius”, I guess I better tune in! :)

  • DLM

    You guys really should consider legal action against FOX’s promotional department, which is using your words out of their proper context to mischaracterize your opinions. As for “The Moment of Truth,” controversy or no controversy, I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

  • Strepsi

    EW should sue Fox.
    Honestly I would be MORE likely to watch with the quote ” is-it-genius-or-is-it-the-end-of-Western-Civilization?”. That said, the most brilliant thing Fox did is air it after American Idol audition show. ANyone who likes laughing AT people gets a double dose tonight!

  • Jessie

    I am totally tuning in. I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. Watching people think they can beat a lie detector with no training is fabulous! If you’re stupid enough to go on a show like this and think that you’re not going to get asked personal questions, you deserve to be laughed at. By me, whilst I keep my lies to myself.

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