Mike Rowe Says ‘There’s A Line Between Civilization And Anarchy. It’s Thin,’ And ‘Blue’ In Tribute To Law Enforcement

Mike Rowe discusses "Returning the Favor" with the Build Series at Build Studio on February 05, 2019 in New York City.
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Mike Rowe previewed an upcoming episode that he’s calling an “unapologetic tribute to law enforcement, ” saying that “there’s a line between civilization and anarchy” that is  “thin” and “blue.”

The TV host’s post on Facebook talked about the premiere episode of his show on Fox Business Prime — “How America Works” — and he explained that the reason they decided to do the show in the first place was because if there were no cops, “none of the other vital industries we explore this year could exist.” He also apologized for saying on “Fox and Friends” that the episode focused on law enforcement in Wilmington, Delaware, and corrected his statement to say that they had worked with police “in Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA!”

“In it, you’ll see an unapologetic tribute to law enforcement, as our cameras follow a few good cops over the course of a few days on the job in Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA,” the former host of “Dirty Jobs” wrote. “You’ll also meet an ‘explosive specialist’ named Marion — one of the 50,000 four-legged officers who have become indispensable to national law enforcement.”

“What I should have said – had I been conscious – was this: There’s never been a tougher time to be a cop than right now,” he added. “After years of lopsided media portrayals and misguided attempts to defund law enforcement, many Americans have formed a wildly inaccurate view of the 800,000 good cops out there who will never wind up in the headlines for disrespecting their uniform or abusing their badge.”

“As a result, we’re not only seeing a devastating rise in crime all over the country, we’re seeing unprecedented attacks on cops,” Rowe continued. “On 60 Minutes, FBI Director Christopher Wray just talked about a literal war on police officers. Last year, a cop was killed in this country every five days – many victims of ambush. In other words, they’re not just dying in the course of fighting crime, they’re dying because they’re being targeted, and that stunning fact has been largely ignored by much of the media.”

Rowe posted a link to the 60 Minutes interview and explained that “there’s a line between civilization and anarchy.”

“It’s thin, and it’s blue, and tonight, you see what it looks like in Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA!” the host concluded.

In January, Rowe talked about the reboot of his popular show “Dirty Jobs” and said following the pandemic there’s been a huge shortage in skilled trade, as previously reported by the Daily Wire.

“It’s not the jobs that were surprising this time around,” the Emmy Award-winning host shared at the time. “It’s something they all have in common, which is difficulty in recruiting. We just had four and a half million people quit their jobs in this country. We’ve got 11 million open positions right now.”

“The theme that keeps coming back, again and again, is how difficult it is to find people who want to learn a skill that’s in demand,” the host added. “Someone who shows up early, stays late and isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty. It’s a real challenge. And that comes through this season in a big way.”

The second season of “How America Works on Fox Business Prime” airs Monday night at 8PM.

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