"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Saturday, June 11, 2005

“Fair and Balanced” Visits PBS/NPR: Going Mainstream?

Will Malven

It appears that others, besides your humble writer, have detected a very mild slant to the left in the broadcasts from PBS (Public Broadcasting System) and NPR (National Public Radio).  Someone has opened up the doors and windows at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting aired out the programming room and let a little sunlight in.

Washington Post is alarmed that some modicum of balance is being restored to programming on PBS and NPR.   Thank God!  It’s about time that the Federal Government took a long hard look at the way in which taxpayer money is being spent on those two branches of the DNC.  For as long as I can remember, PBS and NPR have been bastions of Liberal, anti-American propaganda.  Programs like “Frontline” and “The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour” have presented some of the most biased documentaries and news coverage on the airwaves.  Shows like “Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser,” which might present a pro-capitalist point of view, have been dropped.  In the esteemable Mr. Rukeyser’s own description of the events, he said that he had been “ambushed” by PBS.  .

Of all of the “scallywags” (sorry, but I watched Pirates of the Caribbean last night) seen on PBS programs, Bill Moyers has been the most worst, and most heinous.  Most of his shows take the vilest sort of lies, swirl them around with bits of truth, and then regurgitate them to the audiences under the guise of “documentaries.”  A closer description would be the nouveau term “mockumentary” as their resemblance to actual events is something along the lines of “This Is Spinal Tap,” Rob Reiner’s masterful look at an aging heavy metal band.  Moyers bias has been so extreme that it often exceeds my own very high tolerance of things Left.

Of course I could have predicted that this scrutiny and reordering of the Lefts most sacred cow of liberal propaganda would not be taken well by such left-wing news organs as the Washington Post.  Nor would I expect them to understand these actions, except as a “take over” by conservatives to slant the programming to the right.  The world, in which writer Paul Farhi and the vast majority of the entire editorial staff of the Washington Post exist, is one in which extreme fringe left-wing thought passes for normal.  Anyone moderately left of center is a “middle of the roader,” and anyone in the middle is an “arch-conservative.”  The remainder of America, roughly 45% of us, is “extreme right-wing ideologues.”

It has always vexed me that I could not, in good conscience contribute to my local PBS station (KUHT) because for every wonderful science or history program I saw, I would see two or three extreme (to my mind) left wing presentations on American culture.  Perhaps now, I will be able to enjoy such programs (and support them) as NOVA and Mystery without getting an ulcer.  I will wait and see if anything of significance is accomplished.

Until then, at least I can be hopeful.

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