Hutterites want apology for NatGeo television show

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(AP) – Leaders of a Hutterite colony are demanding an apology from the National Geographic Society and a pledge that it will never again broadcast a television show they say misrepresented their way of life and damaged their reputation.

King Ranch colony minister John Hofer said “American Colony: Meet The Hutterites” was supposed to be a documentary about the German-speaking religious community in central Montana.

Instead, Hofer said, the producers turned it into a reality show that encouraged discord by pitting generations against each other. National Geographic Channel CEO David Lyle responds that the show gave a fair and accurate depiction of colony life.

Hutterites are Protestants whose traditional, religious-centered lives have been compared to that of the Amish, but they live in commune-like colonies in rural areas of the western U.S. and Canada.

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