Reports that “Alaskan Bush People” is a phony television show and that Discovery Channel will not bring back the Brown family for a new season has some fans of the Brown family react with three major questions. First, and most importantly, knowledgeable fans are asking whether some reporters have even bothered to read Billy Brown’s book about his life in Alaska. Secondly, fans are wondering whether critics writing about the Brown family have even bothered to read what viewers of “Alaskan Bush People” have to say. And lastly, fans are wondering why anyone would watch a show if they don’t like it.

Did you read Billy Brown’s book about his life in the Alaskan wilderness?

Before calling the Brown family’s life in the Alaskan outback fake, critics might want to invest some time in learning more about the Browns and how they got to where they are today. Instead of relying on secondary resources and media reports about “Alaskan Bush People” rumors, reporters might benefit from some research, or reading.

According to educated fans of the Brown folks living in the Alaskan wilderness, not having read Billy Brown’s 2007 book “One Wave at a Time” would make it nearly impossible to determine how much of Billy’s life and his reality television show is fake and how much is real. So, did you read the book that inspired “Alaskan Bush People”?

As Amazon describes Billy Brown's journey, "a true adventure of how a scared boy, orphaned at sixteen, grew to be a dad and husband of character as he fought to survive in the wilderness of Alaska, while running from the emptiness left by his childhood loss."

Are you reading Matt Brown’s and Joshua Brown’s Facebook pages?

Any serious journalist writing about the Brown folks or any other news topic has learned to distinguish between primary and secondary sources when it comes to reporting.

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In regard to the Facebook pages published under the names of the two eldest sons of the Alaskan bush folks, Matt And Joshua, those are secondary sources.

When the Parent Herald reported yesterday that Matt Brown posted on Facebook that Discovery Channel is preparing the Brown family for a new season of “Alaskan Bush People,” those news were not based on a primary source (Matt himself), but a secondary source.

Matt Brown’s Facebook page is only a fan page and the information published is written by a fan, not Matt himself. Joshua Brown's Facebook page sets the record straight.

Why do you watch the show if you don’t like it?

Any reporter following the fan comments posted on Matt’s and Joshua’s Facebook pages would be hesitant to call “Alaskan Bush People” fake. Most fans make it clear that they understand that the Brown family’s reality television show is a production by Discovery Channel.

However, what is not a production is the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, the close family ties of the Brown family, Billy Brown’s health problems, and Matt Brown’s struggle with drinking.

Fans repeatedly tell critics that if they don’t like “Alaskan Bush People,” they should not watch it. Millions of viewers from around the world are emphasizing that the Brown family’s television show – instead of violence and vulgar language -- consists of family togetherness, working together in the Alaskan wilderness, and of family support during the hardest times.

How can anyone call that fake?

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