I don't watch TV at all but I imagine that this one slipped by whatever
"filter" they have to the content. Maybe writing a letter to the
producer would avert another showing of this sort of thing. I have
never had a kickback on the tablesaw, but I am always doing things the
safe and slow way, taking the time to set up my guard or featherboards,
or go and get the sled. It is a drag, yes, but it is even more of a
drag learning how to use a finger again after it has been re-attached
by a surgeon (although that accident happened far from the woodshop
and did not involve any power tool).
I am certain that many people have succesfully crosscut wood using the
rip fence many times, and would expect that most of those people would
not expect that anything will happen outside of their control, unless
something does happen... And from then on, they become careful.
It is much better to be careful without learning things the hard way.
The last thing that we need is the wrong thing being taught by the
"sacred box with pictures". But I suspect that there is plenty of