Prepper star Rick Austin turns down CNN for being too biased

posted at 1:01 pm on April 25, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

If you haven’t heard of Rick Austin yet you’re probably not somebody who is interested in disaster preparation. Rick is a best selling author, popular speaker and radio show host who specializes in survival strategies. While some preppers focus on weapons technology, self defense, construction or hunting, Austin is very heavy into botany and teaches people how to grow very productive food sources which are extremely low maintenance while blending into wild scenery so they are less visible to raiders.

If you’re in a business such as that you always need to grow your brand and make people aware of your offerings, so you’d think that somebody like Rick would jump at the chance to be featured on a CNN special. They have one in the works, called United Shades of America and they reached out to Austin to be part of the show. But after a brief look at how it was being billed, the Survivalist Gardener took a pass, Austin said in an interview with The Inquisitr:

Austin is no stranger to the many ways that on-camera comments can be spun and edited, if an interviewer or producer has a personal or biased agenda. Because of his popularity in the preparedness arena, Austin was approached for the CNN project through the Bright Roads Productions company that is working on a new series entitled United Shades of America.

Austin said it took him just a few moments to become “extremely suspect” about the new series, which is to be hosted by liberal comedian, W. Kamau Bell. In fact the online promotional material for the TV show notes that “comedian W. Kamau Bell will explore the far corners of our country and its ‘subcultures’ and make people laugh in United Shades of America.” Bell is also the host of the FXX Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell late-night comedy sho. On United Shades of America, Bell will “dissect” a vast array of topics which will reportedly include “politics, pop culture, race, religion, and the media,” promotional material for the series revealed.

There’s an old saying in show business which claims that any press is good press provided they spell your name right. If you’re an actor or a comedian, that may contain some truth within reasonable limits, but if you are making your living outside the Hollywood bubble that’s simply not the case. The audience Austin reaches is not looking for entertainment so much as information on what they consider a vital topic. He needs to be taken seriously, not treated like some pop star, and the comedian chosen by CNN to host this show has a history of cynical, left wing propaganda disguised as comedy. It sounds as if Rick sussed this out early and realized that W. Kamau Bell was going to do nothing more than treat him like some sort of kook to get cheap laughs at his expense.

And why would Rick Austin need CNN that badly when other reputable outlets already give him much fairer treatment? National Geographic – not exactly renowned as a haven for Right Wing Wacko-birds – seems to take Austin very seriously and admires the science behind his theories of natural gardening. If you’re at all interested in the subject, just read through that article. The science behind how Austin structures gardens in wild, concentric circles where plants “cooperate” in a natural fashion to survive was completely unknown to me. It’s some fascinating stuff whether you’re planning for a survival scenario or not.


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Here the guy is preparing for the coming Global Warming apocalypse they’re all talking about and they want to make fun of him. That’s just bad manners.

RBMN on April 25, 2015 at 1:10 PM

DI takedown” http://i.imgur.com/TvUsrjw.gifv

davidk on April 25, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Nobody sane wastes their time with CNN … either watching that trash, or worse yet participating in the programs.

Smegley on April 25, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Speaking of pure insanity, in just another ‘sector’.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Try this one: http://imgur.com/gallery/TvUsrjw

davidk on April 25, 2015 at 1:19 PM

That’s just bad manners.

RBMN on April 25, 2015 at 1:10 PM

This is CNN.

cozmo on April 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Lead up would be: “Crazy crackers in the woods.” #PrepperTalk EXACTLY!

Basically, Rick and I agreed on how this would be handled by the show.

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Good for Rick.
He is very interesting, highly visible already.
Red meat for the lefties, tho.
Eat it, CNN. ;-)

pambi on April 25, 2015 at 1:22 PM

So, Mr. Austin is smarter than the average Republican?

Because the average Republican doesn’t know any better than to enter the lion’s den with nothing in his head and his d!ck in his hand. They all have the same stupid look of confusion and surprise on their mugs when the MSM tool comes at them sideways with a bagful of gotcha. It happens time after time after time, and the fools never learn.

novaculus on April 25, 2015 at 1:24 PM

…what is the world coming too…when even those on the left are suspicious of the media?

JugEarsButtHurt on April 25, 2015 at 1:27 PM

I’m sure the Rick also figured that Prepper Camp was in its infancy and a show that would possibly make him look like an idiot would help promote that very well.

I guess he could say that they won’t do a gay wedding at Prepper Camp if they really needed the publicity.

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM

…what is the world coming too…when even those on the left are suspicious of the media?

JugEarsButtHurt on April 25, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Are you talking about Jazz?

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:35 PM

So, Mr. Austin is smarter than the average Republican?

novaculus on April 25, 2015 at 1:24 PM

The only thing dumber than your average republican candidate is your average dem voter. Am very certain the roadkill I swerved by yesterday is smarter than both of those.

Smegley on April 25, 2015 at 1:41 PM

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:35 PM

…no…Jazz just has brain farts…once in a while!

JugEarsButtHurt on April 25, 2015 at 1:47 PM

This is an interesting topic–the guy’s specialty, not the rejection of CNN. One of the things I’ve thought about when contemplating post-apocalyptic films is the lack of priorities regarding long term survival. It occurred to me that survivors ought to find a place that had an adequate supply of fresh water and soil for growing their own food. That’s also what I noticed about Minas Tirith when I saw the LOTR movie: large river full of fresh water, but an empty plain between it and the city. No crops? What did they eat?

RockinRickOwen on April 25, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Because the average Republican doesn’t know any better than to enter the lion’s den with nothing in his head and his d!ck in his hand.
novaculus on April 25, 2015 at 1:24 PM

cf. My state’s governor, Mike Pence, and his Sunday-morning heart-to-heart with G. Stephanopoopoolous…

juggler46 on April 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

…no…Jazz just has brain farts…once in a while!

JugEarsButtHurt on April 25, 2015 at 1:47 PM

You aren’t saying Rick is on the left, are you?
Or are you just making a general statement.

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

The only thing dumber than your average republican candidate is your average dem voter. Am very certain the roadkill I swerved by yesterday is smarter than both of those.

Smegley on April 25, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Still laughing about the Senate GOP liberals who voted to confirm Lynch as AG. Jeff Sessions was attacking them … that’s right, the same Senator Jeff Sessions who voted to confirm ass-clown Eric Holder.

The GOP is only a degree less retarded than the Democrats.

Jaibones on April 25, 2015 at 1:54 PM

No crops? What did they eat?

RockinRickOwen on April 25, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Magic.

You don’t need a river for Rick’s Secret Survival Garden.
Also, he promotes the lifestyle, so you don’t need large amounts of acreage to be food independent.

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:57 PM

So now he’s getting better and more press than he would have from a one shot snark show on CNN? Brilliant!

jnelchef on April 25, 2015 at 2:01 PM

You aren’t saying Rick is on the left, are you?
Or are you just making a general statement.

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

…general statement…I don’t know too many ‘survivalists’ coming from the left.

JugEarsButtHurt on April 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM

been thinkign about planting something similar, may buy the book to see how hes done it

dmacleo on April 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM

This is lesson our Republicans will never learn. Even the few remaining conservative Republicans continually take take the bait.

Alabama Infidel on April 25, 2015 at 2:07 PM

CNN. Are they still reporting on a lost airliner somewhere? I wouldn’t know since I don’t watch the network.

HiJack on April 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM

I remember a ‘prepper family’ who all had their teeth pulled out because y2k would destroy all computers and denstists equipment woud fail. who knew?

gerrym51 on April 25, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Austin is very heavy into botany and teaches people how to grow very productive food sources which are extremely low maintenance while blending into wild scenery so they are less visible to raiders.

So the .gov won’t steal my raisins?

WryTrvllr on April 25, 2015 at 2:17 PM

So the .gov won’t steal my raisins?

WryTrvllr on April 25, 2015 at 2:17 PM

Not if they can’t find them.

LoganSix on April 25, 2015 at 2:25 PM

slowwwwwwwwwwwwww news day

corona79 on April 25, 2015 at 2:27 PM

juggler46 on April 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

I’m a Hoosier too. Pence’s foray into Stephanopoulos’ meat grinder was pretty bad, and his presser on the Religious Freedom Restoration law was perhaps the worst I’ve ever seen. His PR staff is a joke. I can’t believe they turn him loose on ABC or at a presser and don’t have him fully prepared to answer every legitimate question and turn the gotcha questions back on the slime that pose them.

novaculus on April 25, 2015 at 2:36 PM

RockinRickOwen on April 25, 2015 at 1:49 PM

My definition of a serious “prepper”?

They read The Backwoodsman Magazine.

cheers

eon

eon on April 25, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Hadn’t heard of him before. Gardening style looks interesting. Thanks.

talkingpoints on April 25, 2015 at 3:03 PM

My definition of a serious “prepper”?

They read The Backwoodsman Magazine.

cheers

eon

eon on April 25, 2015 at 2:40 PM

That’s a great magazine. Some great information to be had there.

novaculus on April 25, 2015 at 3:20 PM

CNN. Are they still reporting on a lost airliner somewhere? I wouldn’t know since I don’t watch the network.

HiJack on April 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Today they are covering the earthquake in Nepal.

One of their “meteorologists” just claimed with a straight face that Mt. Everest (which was named after Hillary’s great-grandfather) is “8,800 feet tall”. She was only off by about 20,000 feet.

You would think that a “meteorologist” would be capable of reading a map; yet she saw the map of Everest with its height given in meters, and was so stupid she didn’t realize her mistake.

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

CNN is moving toward an “infotainment” model in order to try to get some audience again. They’ve been on a rather steady downward spiral for years, interrupted only by the quadrennial bump for interest in Presidential elections.

They are desperate for ideas, having ruled out simply reporting the news straight and without heavy leftist bias.

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Austin’s advice is good for anyone planning a garden for a long-term food supply. In times of emergency, you’re not going to be able to go to the local garden center for fertilizer, seeds and seedlings, pesticides, and tools. So even if you are an accomplished home gardener with a fertile plot of land, you aren’t likely to be able to sustain your current production, much less increase it, under emergency conditions.

And anyone who thinks they can just start farming from scratch and grow food is just delusional. Green Acres was based on a true story, you know.

Adjoran on April 25, 2015 at 4:29 PM

W. Kamau Bell

This guy is a Class A a-hole. Good call to pass.

BuckeyeSam on April 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Yay beans.

davidk on April 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

slowwwwwwwwwwwwww news day

corona79 on April 25, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Yeah, finally there’s time for a useful article.

AesopFan on April 25, 2015 at 6:16 PM

I happened upon “Biased” with W. Kamau Bell one night while channel surfing, trust me, nobody wins if he interviews you… he’s a flaming progressive reparations spewing hack.

Tim Zank on April 25, 2015 at 6:31 PM

So in a conflict between a prepper and CNN you think the one with more credibility is…the prepper?

Huh. Ooooohkay.

Tlaloc on April 25, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Yeah, finally there’s time for a useful article.

AesopFan on April 25, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Whoops!

Wrong sock puppet, weedisgood.

corona79 on April 25, 2015 at 8:25 PM

CNN. Are they still reporting on a lost airliner somewhere?
HiJack on April 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Always in favor of boycotting the troll media.
Literally cheered Robert Downey Jr. walking out on the Guardian interview.

papertiger on April 26, 2015 at 12:41 AM

Literally cheered Robert Downey Jr. walking out on the Guardian interview.

papertiger on April 26, 2015 at 12:41 AM

Yes. Why hang around to be ambushed for having said something non-leftist?

David Blue on April 26, 2015 at 4:26 AM

The news via the alphabet media is edited to the point of being entertainment and once they cover a news event they go on for days on the same subject treating it like breaking news. It really gets funny to watch the talking heads acting serious about news that’s days old.

mixplix on April 26, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Good for him. They are useless, no, worse than useless. Ambush-setters with the morals of a drunken hippie and the IQ of a lobotomized ape. With the advent of the Internet there is no reason to bother.

LawfulGood on April 26, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Heads and Bodies need to be separated and found like that scene in “Blue Velvet”……

williamg on April 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM

That’s one thing many on the Left and the Right can agree upon-immense national or worldwide disasters are just downright impossible. The Left because the government won’t let anything super duper bad happen, and the Right I guess because we’ll just send our military to kick someone’s asses somewhere and…problem solved! Either that or it’s God’s will and time for the Rapture and all that.

So, yeah, it’s pretty dumb to keep more than a week’s worth of food and water in the house. In the Land of Constant Flowing Beer and Never-Ending Sporting Events, disasters are always localized and minimal./s

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 27, 2015 at 1:12 AM

I believe I may have heard of Rick Austin.

I have *never* heard of W. Kamau Bell. In fact, I had to Google him to find out anything about him.

Bigurn on April 27, 2015 at 3:52 AM

Del Dolemonte on April 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

I wonder if her resume includes any time at NASA on the Mars program?

So in a conflict between a prepper and CNN you think the one with more credibility is…the prepper?

Tlaloc on April 25, 2015 at 8:18 PM

The fact that you don’t says LOADS about your intellectual level. And what it says sounds much like the dinging of a Low Fuel alert.

GWB on April 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM