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John Quiñones Lies in "Unreality" on ABC-TV

     By: Mark Henkel
Date: Apr 03, 2009
Word Count: 4000 words
Cross-Reference: John Quiñones, Elissa Wall, "What Would YOU Do?"

AUTHOR: Mark Henkel 
Mark Henkel is the National Polygamy Advocate 
and the Founder of the organization, 
the non-Mormon, cross-denominational, Christian 
polygamy rights organization. He has been reported 
by ABC's 20/20, The Associated Press, the 700 Club, 
The Washington Times, Newsweek, CourtTV, 
NBC's TODAY Show, and many more, as noted at 

On March 17, 2009, ABC-TV's new "unreality" show, "What Would YOU Do?," teased the question for one of its segments, asking, "How far would you go for money and fame?" The host, John Quinones, asked someone on the show, "So you would lie for money?" But the reality is – as yet again proven in a separate set-up segment with actors pretending to be "polygamists" in the same episode - John Quinones, himself, has repeatedly lied for money and fame.

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4.     "WHAT   WOULD   YOU   DO?"   –   POLYGAMY   "UNREALITY" 
John   Quiñones   is   the   host   of   a   new   television   show   on   ABC,   called,   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"     Over   many   previous   years,   Quiñones   has   often   appeared   on   ABC   News   programs   as   a   would-be   "reporter."     Hence,   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"   capitalizes   on   John   Quiñones'   name   recognition   for   past   news   "reports"   in   order   to   suggest   "added   credibility"   for   the   entertainment   show.       By   doing   so,   the   show   subliminally   implies   a   connection   -   that   does   not   actually   exist   in   reality   -   between   itself   and   real   news. 
To   manufacture   the   different   segments   for   "What   Would   YOU   Do?",   John   Quiñones   deliberately   lies   to   normal   people   in   their   everyday   lives.     To   dupe   such   unsuspecting   real-life   people,   the   show   hires   actors   and   actresses,   writes   a   script,   and   intentionally   sets   up   completely   fake   scenarios.     Each   made-up   story   is   then   used   as   a   soapbox   for   Quiñones   to   portray   himself   as   the   would-be   "moralist"   judging   the   same   real-life   people   to   whom   he   and   the   show   had   lied   in   contriving   each   set-up   scenario. 
This   reality-wannabe-show-that-is-not-reality   has   no   valid   comparison   with   the   harmlessly   benign   "Candid   Camera"   TV-show   of   decades   past.     After   all,   "Candid   Camera"   had   brought   humor   to   people's   lives.     In   direct   contrast   to   such   a   humorous   show,   though,   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"   frequently   takes   the   disturbingly   dark   approach.     It   even   sets   people   up   to   appear   as   doing   "bad   things"   or   as   not   doing   "good   things"   in   supposedly   "real   life." 
Because   the   show   is   so   premised   on   lies   and   made-up   stories   with   actors   and   actresses,   such   make-believe   "scenes"   are   entirely   fake.     And   Quiñones'   conclusions   with   his   condescending   "moralisms"   are   equally   unreal,   as   well.       Obviously,   when   people   are   duped   by   lies,   no   valid   "moralism"   can   be   legitimately   real,   either. 
As   such,   in   reality,   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"   is   "unreality." 
Moreover,   no   legitimate   media   journalist   would   ever   be   involved   in   overtly   inventing   stories   that   are   admittedly   not   even   real   –   never   mind   using   such   contrived   stories   for   insincere   "moralisms."     But   then   again,   the   reality   is   that   John   Quiñones'   past   "work"   over   many   years   proves   that   he   has,   unfortunately,   ceased   being   a   credible   journalist   anyway. 
On   past   news   magazine   shows   such   as   ABC's   "PrimeTime,"   Quiñones   had   often   "reported"   about   "polygamists."     But   he   exclusively   targeted   his   focus   on   one   single   Mormon   sect,   the   Fundamentalist   Latter   Day   Saints   (FLDS),   where   real   crimes   were   involved.     The   FLDS   share   roughly   99.9%   in   commonality   with   "mainstream"   Mormons   (LDS),   even   though   the   LDS   try   to   deny   the   FLDS   are   "even   Mormon."     But   having   so   much   more   in   common   with   Mormons   than   with   consenting   adult   pro-polygamists   around   the   country,   the   FLDS   are,   in   reality,   a   Mormon   sect   more   than   anything   else.     Yet,   Quiñones   always   identified   the   Mormon   sect,   FLDS,   as   "the   polygamists"   or   "the   polygamist   sect."     The   only   time   when   the   FLDS   were   not   his   visible   focus   was   when   he   once   "reported"   about   a   second   Mormon   group   who   had   sub-divided   away   from   the   FLDS.     While   that   second   Mormon   group   also   opposed   the   FLDS'   crimes,   they   still   shared   the   same   history   and   anti-black   race-based   "Lamanite"   doctrines   with   the   FLDS.     Quiñones   exploited   those   similarities   to   still   connect   all   of   "the   polygamists"   to   the   criminal   FLDS   –   his   hidden   actual   focus.     Basing   all   of   his   "polygamy   reports"   on   subdivided   Mormons,   Quiñones   repeatedly   misrepresented   what   he   called   "the   world   of   polygamy,"   portraying   himself   as   ABC's   would-be   "polygamy   expert." 
But   in   reality,   anything   John   Quiñones   has   ever   "reported"   about   polygamy   is   "unreality." 
Such   past   "polygamy   reports"   have   already   proven   that   Quiñones   is,   unfortunately,   willing   to   lie   to   make   his   money   and   fame.     So   it   was   no   surprise   that,   on   "What   Would   YOU   Do?,"   Quiñones   would   further   make   his   money   and   fame   by   lying   to   real-life   people,   hurting   them   with   televised   humiliation,   and   consequently   twisting   reality   before   all   viewers.     And   it   was   no   surprise   that   he   would   also   invent   a   lying,   contrived   story   "about   polygamists." 
Out   of   all   of   the   overall   media's   numerous   dishonest   "reporters"   about   polygamy,   John   Quiñones   has   consistently   been   viewed   by   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting   adults   as   the   single   biggest   media   liar.     His   name   is   at   the   very   "top   of   the   list"   of   proven   liars   about   polygamy   in   the   media.     He   has   zero   credibility. 
Not   once   –   not   even   once   -   has   Quiñones   ever   reported   the   truth   that   nationwide,   regular   consenting   adult   pro-polygamists   also   oppose   the   FLDS,   underage   marriage,   and   arranged   marriage.     Not   once   has   he   ever   reported   about   all   of   the   various   forms   of   normal   polygamists   who   do   not   even   believe   in   anything   Mormon-based   at   all.      
Instead,   John   Quiñones   has   slandered   all   pro-polygamists   as   if   all   of   "the   polygamists"   are   connected   to   -   and   defined   by   -   the   abusive   crimes   of   the   rogue   Mormon   sect,   the   FLDS.     His   untruths   have   been   as   similarly   slanderous   as   someone   describing   all   of   "the   teachers"   around   the   country   as   if   they   are   somehow   connected   to   -   and   defined   by   -   Mary   Kay   Letourneau,   the   teacher   who   had   a   sexual   relationship   with   a   13   year   old   student. 
As   an   example   of   such   slander,   years   ago   on   July   28,   2005,   John   Quiñones   "reported"   about   a   woman   who   had   been   molested   as   a   child   by   her   father   in   that   same   criminal   Mormon   sect,   the   FLDS.     Quiñones   misrepresented   the   woman's   horribly   tragic   Mormon-based   sect-cultish   experience   by   falsely   identifying   it   as   if   it   was   "the   world   of   polygamy." 
The   very   next   day   after   ABC   broadcast   that   slanderous   "report,"   the   well-established   organization   issued   a   national   press   release,   expressing   compassion   for   the   woman   in   her   pain   because   normal   polygamists   vehemently   opposed   that   which   she   had   suffered   too.     The   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting   adults   has   always   and   completely   opposed   the   FLDS   and   opposed   the   abuses   which   the   hurt   woman   had   endured.     The   nationwide   press   release   thereby   pointed   out   Quiñones'   deliberate   slander   against   all   of   "the   polygamists"   around   the   country.     And   ABC   had   been   informed   of   the   release. 
In   the   subsequent   years,   Quiñones   performed   even   more   "polygamy   reports"   for   ABC.     In   every   case,   he   slandered   all   of   "the   polygamists"   by   using   the   same   one   example   of   the   subdivided   Mormons.     He   never   presented   the   real   facts   about   the   national   movement,   and   he   never   mentioned   other   forms   of   polygamy   -   ranging   from   Christian   polygamy   to   secular   polygamy   to   any   other   form   of   consenting   adult   polygamy.     Unfortunately,   Quiñones   really   has   proven   his   willingness   to   lie   to   make   his   money   and   fame   when   "reporting"   anything   about   polygamy. 
It   cannot   be   truthfully   suggested   that   the   absence   of   such   important   facts   was   somehow   based   on   a   mere   "reporter's   mistake."     The   facts   were   always   readily   available   to   him.     Quiñones   simply   chose   to   lie. 
It   also   cannot   be   truthfully   suggested   that   the   "reason"   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting   adults   opposes   Quiñones   is   supposedly   "because"   he   "tells   the   truth"   that   polygamists   supposedly   "do   not   like."     Such   a   suggestion   would   be   totally   false. 
Rather,   with   lies   by   omission,   lies   by   mis-representation,   and   lies   by   intentional   generalization   of   "the   polygamists,"   it   is   a   disheartening   fact:   John   Quiñones   is   a   liar   about   polygamy.    
For   that   reason,   in   my   own   interview   discussions   with   ABC,   I   (Mark   Henkel)   have   shared   the   sound-bite   nickname   by   which   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   unfortunately   views   him:   "John   Quin-nutcase"   –   a   lunatic   liar,   living   in   his   intentionally-imaginary   "unreality." 
Accordingly,   the   reality   is   that   John   Quiñones   is   absolutely   no   "expert"   on   polygamy   in   any   way   whatsoever. 
So,   on   March   17,   2009,   Quiñones   did   it   again,   with   his   new   "unreality"   show,   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"     To   set   up   his   fake   story   with   an   actor   and   actresses,   he   teamed   up   with   Elissa   Wall   -   yet   another   woman   who   was   horribly   treated   by   the   authoritarian   Mormon   sect,   the   FLDS. 
In   a   September,   2007,   trial   in   Utah,   Elissa   Wall   had   bravely   testified   against   the   FLDS'   criminal   leader,   Warren   Jeffs.       The   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting   adults   had   issued   national   press   releases   -   utterly   opposing   Warren   Jeffs,   the   FLDS,   as   well   as   the   abusive   underaged   and   arranged   marriages   that   Jeffs   forced   upon   his   rogue   Mormon   sect's   followers.     As   the   National   Polygamy   Advocate,   I   (Mark   Henkel)   made   many   appearances   on   CourtTV   during   the   trial,   expressing   the   national   movement's   opposition   to   Jeffs   and   his   crimes,   and   expressing   the   movement's   sympathy   for   Elissa   Wall.     An   AP   article   in   USA   Today   published   my   point   clearly,   "Henkel   said   polygamists   without   Mormon   roots   disavow   Jeffs   and   the   crimes   he's   accused   of."     Without   question,   the   hearts   of   such   regular   pro-polygamists   around   the   country   had   always   gone   out   to   Elissa   Wall   for   what   that   Mormon   sect   had   forced   upon   her. 
The   point   is,   Elissa   Wall,   herself,   had   come   out   of   the   FLDS   -   that   same,   one   criminal   sect   about   which   Quiñones   repeatedly   used   in   order   to   slander   all   normal   polygamists.     Because   she   had   indeed   come   from   that   same   Mormon   sect,   Elissa   Wall   was   a   "perfect   match"   for   Quiñones   to   exploit   for   his   new   "unreality"   show. 
She   embraced   Quiñones'   offer   and   allowed   her   real   story   of   cult-style   abuse   by   the   FLDS   to   be   erroneously   misused.     She   allowed   Quiñones   to   slander   all   consenting-adult   pro-polygamists   whose   hearts   otherwise   deeply   sympathize   with   her. 
Her   motivation   to   allow   Quiñones'   deception   was   revealed   on   the   show:   Elissa   Wall   stood   to   make   money   and   fame   by   selling   a   book   she   had   written   about   the   FLDS,   but   which   was   mis-titled   as   if   being   about   "all   polygamy."     Hence,   Elissa   Wall   had   (disappointingly)   fully   sold   out,   seeking   to   earn   money   and   fame   by   allowing   her   story   of   real   cultish   abuse   in   the   FLDS   Mormon   sect   to   thereby   falsely   imply   that   it   had   anything   to   about   polygamy   -   when   it   did   not. 
John   Quiñones   was   apparently   quite   happy   to   exploit   her   willingness   to   sell   out,   even   promoting   her   book   on   the   show. 
Undoubtedly,   Elissa   Wall   had   truly   suffered   abuse   by   the   FLDS.     And   normal   consenting   adult   polygamists   had   always   sympathized   with   her   because   of   equally   opposing   the   FLDS   with   her   too.     But   the   reality   is   that   her   suffering   was   completely   based   upon   Mormon   principles   (e.g.,   unquestioned   acceptance   of   that   whichever   "the   prophet"   decrees).     None   of   her   real   suffering   had   anything   to   do   with   polygamy   –   especially   with   non-Mormon   polygamy. 
Additionally,   there   is   one   undeniable   fact   that   was   not   ever   mentioned   on   Quiñones'   show.   That   is,   Elissa   Wall,   in   her   own   testimony   against   Warren   Jeffs,   revealed   that   she   had   never   -   that's   right,   never   -   experienced   the   act   of   being   forced   into   any   form   of   polygamy   whatsoever. 
When   I   (Mark   Henkel)   appeared   in   a   Special   Report   with   John   Stossel   for   ABC's   "20/20,"   I   re-iterated   the   revealed   facts   of   that   same   trial.   "The   case   actually   involved   incest   and   arranged   marriage,   of   a   girl   with   her   19-year-old   cousin.   There   wasn't   anything   that   had   to   do   with   polygamy,"   I   explained   in   the   interview. 
Truly,   Elissa   Wall   had   bravely   testified   against   the   FLDS'   criminal   "prophet"   Warren   Jeffs   that   she   had   been   forced,   at   age   14,   to   marry   her   unmarried   teenaged   cousin.     Was   it   underaged   marriage?     Yes.     Arranged   marriage?     Yes.     Abuse   by   a   sect   leader?     Yes.     But,   as   the   truly   credible   journalist,   John   Stossel,   equally   recognized   was   true   about   my   explanation,   none   of   Elissa   Wall's   testimony   had   to   do   with   polygamy   –   not   a   bit   of   it. 
Accordingly,   despite   her   tragic   and   abusive   experience   at   the   Mormon   sect   of   the   FLDS,   the   reality   is   that   Elissa   Wall   is   absolutely   no   "expert"   on   polygamy   in   any   way   whatsoever,   either. 
4.     "WHAT   WOULD   YOU   DO?"   –   POLYGAMY   "UNREALITY" 
So,   two   people   -   who,   in   reality,   have   no   expertise   regarding   polygamy   at   all   -   worked   together   to   produce   fiction   for   the   "unreality"   show,   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"     Indeed,   John   Quiñones   teamed   up   with   -   and   exploited   -   Elissa   Wall   to   stage   a   wildly   fake   scenario   in   order   to   slander   all   normal   consenting   adult   pro-polygamists   yet   again.     Broadcast   on   March   17,   2009,   the   segment   was   titled,   "Forced   Into   Polygamy   in   Public   -   What   Would   You   Do   If   You   Thought   You   Saw   a   Child   Bride?" 
For   the   fake   story,   John   Quiñones'   team   had   hired   an   elderly   actor   and   four   actresses.     Their   pretended   characters   were   dressed   up   in   well-recognized   "FLDS   style"   clothing,   more   reminiscent   of   1800s'   clothes.       The   characters   in   the   make-believe   family   were   named   as   The   Jones:   husband   Frank,   wife   Sherry,   another   wife   Laura,   yet   another   wife   Kathy,   and   finally,   15   year   old   Susan   played   by   a   20   year   old   actress.     The   women   also   had   the   same   FLDS   form   of   hairstyles.     As   the   segment   opened,   Elissa   Wall   was   shown   putting   hairspray   on   one   of   the   actresses'   hair.      
The   make-believe   scenario   was   pre-set   at   that   which   Quiñones   identified   as   a   restaurant   located   "a   few   hours   drive"   from   Colorado   City   (where   the   isolated   FLDS   live,   far   removed   from   the   rest   of   society).     Supposedly,   according   to   the   pre-scripted   storyline,   the   15   year   old   character   was   not   yet   married   to   the   husband's   character.     The   diners   there   and   the   viewers   watching   the   show   were   supposed   to   believe   that   she   was   somehow   travelling   with   the   family   that   many   miles   and   miles   away   –   on   the   very   day   before   such   a   supposed   marriage. 
In   uncharacteristically   loud   voices   to   ensure   being   heard   by   other   diners,   the   script-following   actresses   and   actor   used   lots   of   very   cultish   and   oppressively   domineering   rhetoric   about   "obedience."     Such   intentionally   offensive   terminology   would   inflame   most   everyone,   including   consenting   adult   polygamists   who   oppose   such   rhetoric   too.     One   actress   began   an   exchange   of   scripted   dialogue,   saying   to   the   youngest   actress,   "Tomorrow,   you're   getting   married"   –   as   if   that   unnatural,   date-specific   statement   would   ever   somehow   occur   in   that   context.     The   youngest   actress   replied   in   a   voice   loud   enough   to   be   heard   by   everyone,   "I   don't   want   to   be   married.     I'm   only   15."     Not   only   did   the   20   year   old   actress   not   look   like   she   was   that   young,   but   her   fake   "crying"   never   once   even   showed   a   single   tear   -   not   a   one.     With   such   bad   acting,   it   is   understandable   why   few   people   would   be   duped   by   such   an   obviously   fake   scenario.    
Many   faces   of   various   diners   were   fuzzed   out   in   the   segment   –   precisely   because   they   would   not   give   contractual   consent   to   ABC   to   broadcast   their   faces.     Clearly,   many   diners   would   not   agree   to   appear   in   the   lies   of   the   contrived   TV   set-up. 
At   one   point,   all   of   the   other   known   actresses   and   actor   left   the   room.     (It   is   unknown   how   many   of   the   diners   may   have   been   paid   actors,   too.)     The   youngest   actress   -   "crying"   without   shedding   a   single   tear   -   remained   standing   at   the   table   alone   by   herself.     Quiñones   explained   his   would-be   "moralizing"   shock,   "For   almost   4   minutes,   no   one   does   a   thing"   to   respond   to   the   tearless   young   actress,   supposedly   standing   there   all   by   herself   with   no   one   else   to   interfere   with   a   would-be   intervention. 
Following   his   would-be   "moralizing"   shock,   Quiñones   then   announced   Elissa   Wall's   involvement   in   the   contrived   story,   exploiting   her   introduction   to   yet   again   repeat   his   "polygamist   sect"   falsehood.       "This   is   all   too   familiar   to   Elissa   Wall   who   grew   up   in   a   polygamist   sect   and   who's   watching   with   us."     The   video   then   displayed   an   old   picture   of   Elissa   Wall   at   14   on   her   wedding   day   with   her   19   year   old   previously-unmarried   cousin.     Quiñones   continued,   "She   was   forced   into   marriage   at   the   age   of   14   and   wishes   someone   had   helped   her."     The   scene   then   cut   to   Ellissa   Wall   saying,   "It's   about   what   people   will   do   with   that   window   of   opportunity,   that   opportunity   to   protect,   and   do   for   someone   else   what   you   would   want   them   to   do   for   you."     Quiñones   asked   her,   "What   should   people   do,   in   your   opinion?"     Wall   responded,   "If   nothing   else,   call.     Call   the   authorities.     Call   someone,   or   make   sure   that   that   girl   does   not   walk   out   of   there,   because   once   she   walks   out   of   that   door,   she's   gone.     That   window's   shut." 
Elissa   Wall's   heart   may   have   been   sincerely   trying   to   be   in   the   right   place,   hoping   for   help   for   coerced   girls   in   the   FLDS.     But   polygamy   has   nothing   to   do   with   the   crimes   and   abuses   of   that   one   rogue   Mormon   sect.     And   Quiñones   exploited   her   likely   sincerity   to   repeat   his   "polygamist   sect"   falsehood,   slanderously   connecting   the   fictional   scenario   to   all   polygamists.      
The   scene   then   cut   to   a   woman   who   –   if   she   was   not   an   actress   herself   -   was   duped   into   taking   action   to   help   who   she   perceived   was   a   minor   in   trouble.     Quiñones   told   her   that   she   was   a   hero.     The   woman   replied   that   she   was   not   a   hero,   but   that   she   was   just   doing   what   people   should   do.     Indeed,   if   the   situation   had   actually   been   real,   most   consenting   adult   pro-polygamists   would   have   helped   a   minor   in   trouble   too.     Afterward,   the   video   displayed   Elissa   Wall   crying   as   she   talked   to   the   woman.     The   woman   who   was   duped   –   if   she   was   an   actual   unsuspecting   diner   -   expressed   that   she   believed   that   Elissa   Wall   is   an   even   "louder   voice." 
Quiñones   then   declared,   "Over   100   diners   witnessed   our   scenario,   but   only   four   people   intervened   to   help   that   child   bride.     Three   of   them   were   women."     The   segment   concluded   with   a   teary-eyed   Elissa   Wall   declaring   that   the   fact   that   someone   -   anyone   -   actually   responded   to   help   the   adult   actress   (pretending   to   be   a   minor   in   need   of   help)   was   that   which   she   was   hoping   to   see   would   occur. 
Quiñones'   clever   spin   -   on   how   "only   four   people"   were   duped   by   the   lies   of   the   fake   set-up   –   actually   reveals   the   profound   depths   of   outright   dishonesty   to   which   he   can   twist   a   story   in   "unreality."     In   reality,   if   that   Quiñones-invented   "fact"   showed   anything,   then   it   more   realistically   demonstrated   the   reverse   as   the   obvious   and   actual   reality   in   fact:   more   than   96   people   were   not   duped   into   taking   action   in   the   fake   scenario. 
But   actual   facts,   unfortunately,   never   matter   to   John   Quiñones   when   it   comes   to   polygamy,   anyway.     Indeed,   he   has   previously   proven   to   have   no   concern   for   actual   reality   on   polygamy. 
Hence,   Quiñones   continued   using   that   one   rogue,   criminal,   Mormon   sect,   the   FLDS,   to   further   produce   invented   lies   for   broadcast   on   ABC   about   polygamy.     That   Elissa   Wall   had   come   out   of   that   criminal   Mormon   sect   simply   enabled   him   to   –   once   again   -   perpetuate   the   intentional   deception   of   connecting   and   defining   all   of   "the   polygamists"   to   that   one   criminal   Mormon   sect   and   its   self-separated   community. 
Therewith,   John   Quiñones   contrived   the   repeated   "unreality"   that   "all   polygamy"   is   supposedly   "forced"   on   underaged   girls,   in   arranged   marriages,   based   on   Mormon   FLDS   doctrines. 
In   contrast   to   the   fictional   set-up   scenario,   there   are   many   well-established   differences   between   Quiñones'   "unreality"   and   actual   reality   about   polygamy. 
Numerous   polygamists   around   the   country   do   not   live   in   any   isolated   communities,   neither   do   they   believe   any   Mormon   doctrines,   nor   do   they   wear   clothing   or   hairstyles   similar   to   FLDS   "fashions."     They   oppose   such   offensive   and   inflammatory   "obedience"   rhetoric.     And   on   top   of   all   that,   forcing   polygamy   on   anyone   is   utterly   opposed   by   all   normal   pro-polygamists. 
Indeed,   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting   adults   has   officially   opposed   forcing   polygamy   on   anyone.     To   make   that   point   undeniably   clear,   back   in   1999,   the   official   standard   of   "love-not-force"   was   established   -   as   detailed   at   .     That   standard   was   set   so   as   to   wholly   reject   the   offensive   and   obnoxious   concept   which   normal   polygamists   now   identify   as,   "force   polygamy."     As   far   as   normal   polygamists   are   concerned,   no   valid   or   genuine   polygamist   would   ever   force   polygamy   against   the   will   of   any   woman   involved   -   not   even   "force"   by   subtle   religious   doctrine   or   implication.     It   is   just   not   what   polygamy   has   ever   really   been   about. 
As   well,   in   multiple   press   releases   and   op-eds,   the   national   polygamy   rights   movement   for   consenting   adults   has   also   made   it   clear   that   the   FLDS,   all   of   that   Mormon   sect's   abuses,   underage   marriage,   and   arranged   marriage   are   vehemently   opposed.     Simultaneously,   sincere   empathy,   sympathy,   and   compassion   have   been   repeatedly   expressed   to   all   who   have   suffered   abuses   from   the   FLDS   or   any   other   isolated   religious   sect. 
Authoritarian   cults   and   sects   like   the   Mormon   FLDS   may   be   responsible   for   horrific   abuses   of   their   followers,   but   polygamy   has   nothing   to   do   with   the   abuse.     It   has   always   been   a   falsehood   to   connect   rogue   sects'   abuse   to   consenting   adult   polygamy. 
And   that   is   the   actual   reality   about   polygamy,   despite   the   unfortunate   lies   of   John   Quiñones'   "unreality." 
Disappointing   those   who   expect   better   from   him   and   ABC,   John   Quiñones   makes   his   money   and   fame   by   selling   his   "unreality"   of   lies   about   polygamy   on   TV.     And   that   reality,   itself,   reveals   an   ironic   hypocrisy. 
Later   in   that   very   same   episode   on   March   17,   2009,   of   "What   Would   YOU   Do?,"   another   segment   was   broadcast,   titled,   "Would   You   Hawk   a   Harmful   Product?"     The   teaser   at   the   show's   opening   asked,   "How   far   would   you   go   for   money   and   fame?" 
In   that   later   segment,   Quiñones'   TV   show   had   lied   to   real-life   people   in   setting   up   yet   another   fake   scenario.     To   produce   his   TV   deception,   Quiñones'   show   offered   money   to   unknowingly   deceived   participants   so   as   to   get   them   to   provide   intentionally   false   testimonials   for   a   fake   infomercial   of   a   product   that   does   not   even   exist.     The   lied-to   participants   knew   that   that   they   were   being   asked   to   lie   about   the   infomercial's   "product"   which   they   had   been   told   was   "really"   on   the   market   for   sale.     They   were   even   informed   that   their   dishonest   "testimonials"   could   even   harm   people   who   believed   the   lies.     That,   itself,   was   a   lie,   of   course,   because   there   was   no   such   "product"   to   ever   harm   anyone,   anyway, 
Despite   having   directly   lied   to   the   participants   in   setting   up   the   fake   scenario,   Quiñones   still   had   the   surprising   audacity   to   express   supposed   indignation   that   the   duped   participants   had   actually   been   willing   to   lie   on   TV   for   money   and   fame,   even   if   it   hurt   others. 
John   Quiñones   huffed   –   directly   -   to   one   of   the   segment's   duped   participants,   "So   you   would   lie   for   money?"     He   also   further   asked,   "What   if   it   hurts   someone...     What   if   they   believe   you?" 
At   the   end   of   the   segment,   one   young   woman   -   who   had   been   duped   by   the   show's   lying   set-up   -   explained   her   thoughts   about   having   allowed   herself   to   "make   that   mistake."     She   said,   "I   learned   that   I   shouldn't   –   I   should   always   trust   my   instincts,   and   that   I   shouldn't   go   along   or   do   things   just   because   I'm   getting   paid,   or   just   to   achieve   something   I   want." 
The   video   immediately   displayed   John   Quiñones   in   well-trained   actor   form.     Both   of   his   forearms   were   held   parallel   to   his   shoulders,   with   both   hands   flat   and   tight-fingered   against   each   other   in   the   prayer   position,   and   leaning   both   of   his   index-finger   sides   up   against   his   lips,   nodding   his   head.     The   displayed   portrayal   was   a   juxtaposition   of   himself   as   some   kind   of   holy   "Saint   John"   versus   the   duped   woman,   "moralizing"   against   her   because   she   allowed   herself   to   lie   on   TV   so   that   she   could   make   money   -   because   that   very   same   TV   show   and   host   had   lied   to   her   so   that   they   could   make   money. 
The   young   woman   continued,   "I   mean,   there's   more   honest   ways   to   go   around   it.     There's   honest   ways   to   make   money."     Concluding   with   voiceover,   Quiñones   affirmed   her   statement   with   his   ultimate   "moralization,"   declaring,   "A   lesson   for   us   all." 
Indeed!     But   talk   about   "unreality."     "What   Would   YOU   Do?"   is   explicitly   about   John   Quiñones   lying   to   real-life   people   on   TV,   to   make   his   own   money   and   fame. 
And   there   is   –   honestly   -   no   "softer"   way   to   describe   the   reality   of   his   dishonesty.     On   polygamy,   Quiñones,   himself,   has   knowingly   lied   on   TV   for   money   and   fame   –   over   and   over   again.     His   lies   on   TV   seriously   endanger   and   hurt   normal   consenting   adult   pro-polygamists   who   equally   oppose   the   FLDS,   underaged   marriage,   arranged   marriage,   and   even   oppose   living   in   isolated   communities.     His   televised   lies   also   hurt   all   Americans   from   having   an   honest   debate   about   consenting   adult   polygamy,   unconnected   to   the   doctrines   of   Mormonism.     And   his   made-up   fake   scenario   "about   polygamists"   on   "What   Would   YOU   Do?"   was   yet   another   example   of   his   harmful   lies   in   "unreality." 
Yet   John   Quiñones   actually   "moralized"   the   "lesson   for   us   all"   against   lying   on   TV   for   money   and   fame!     The   irony   of   such   hypocrisy   proves   the   lunacy   of   his   "unreality"   –   no   wonder   he   is   unfortunately   and   understandably   perceived   as   "John   Quin-nutcase." 
He   needs   a   mirror.     Hawking   knowingly   harmful   lies   in   "unreality"   for   money   and   fame,   it   is   John   Quiñones   who   needs   that   "lesson"   most   of   all. 
And   that   is   the   actual   reality. 


Bibliographic URLs:

ABC-TV's "What Would YOU Do?" 
Forced Into Polygamy in Public 
What Would You Do If You Thought You Saw a Child Bride? 
ABC's PrimeTime commits slander, say pro-polygamists 
National Polygamy Advocate on CourtTV during Warren Jeffs Trial 
Polygamists say criminal case against Jeffs paints distorted picture 
Mark Henkel interviewed by ABC's John Stossel 
National Polygamy Rights Movement for Consenting Adults Disavows FLDS, 
Says National Polygamy Rights Leader 
FLDS is far more "Mormon sect" than "Polygamist sect" 
FLDS was Always Opposed by National Polygamy Movement - Quotes 
Polygamy Movement Opposes Warren Jeffs, 
Says National Polygamy Rights Leader 
Warren Jeffs was Always Opposed by National Polygamy Movement 
Pro-Polygamists Glad that Fugitive Warren Jeffs was Caught 
The Standard of "Love-not-Force" 
Would You Hawk a Harmful Product? 
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