This entry brought to you by the letters G and W…

If I close my eyes and think back to the days I spent as a child watching Sesame Street I can almost hear the count cackling in his over the top, Transylvanian accent: “How many years before ALL media has a 100% conservative bias? One, two… hah, ah, ah… three, four. Four more years! Hah, ah, ah, ah…” But maybe that is being too generous, maybe the damage has already been done, this is from the Center for American Progress:

According to a piece in this week’s The New Yorker titled “Big Bird Flies Right,” the Bush White House has orchestrated a coordinated campaign to push the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) to the right. The administration has used the power of the purse to nudge PBS and NPR to a more conservative agenda, using funding grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as leverage. And it seems to be working.

What? They aren’t satisfied with 98% of the Talk radio dial? Not enough FOX, CNN, or bought-and-paid-for conservative pundits on T.V. willing to spread disinformation? Will they not be happy until Big Bird goes on a rant telling all of the children on Sesame Street that pyramids of naked Iraqi men posed in sexually degrading and suggestive positions are no worse than a college prank? Good idea though for the administration to destroy any possible avenue where those pesky inconvenient truths might sneak out, if you watch or listen to it you will slowly be brainwashed and if you don’t then you are just as uninformed of events as the average FOX viewer or Limbaugh fan. Keep them in the dark and feed them shit, grow my little neo-conservative mushrooms…GROW!!!

Long-time PBS host Bill Moyers criticized the conservative push, saying, “This is the first time in my thirty-two years in public broadcasting that CBP has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.”

I used to think that Bush was destroying education by accident, he isn’t bright I reasoned, nobody would want to sabotage Americas youth by providing them a substandard education. But now thay are co-opting the public airwaves and bending them to their own political will, and like the war they are waging in Iraq, they are doing it in my name – with my tax money. I am beginning to believe this is all part of the Bush agenda to create a pliant, ignorant, poorly paid American workforce.

‘Compassionate conservatives’ don’t want to win anyones hearts and minds… they only want to break them.

10 thoughts on “This entry brought to you by the letters G and W…

  1. Wouldn’t it make more sense to make their own right leaning version of PBS?I mean I never really thought PBS was THAT left leaning anyway.It was a palce to watch good programing.

  2. It gets worse and worse the more stones you turn over doesn’t it? Certainly does look like there’s a plan behind all of this.

    Oh and how about unauditable electronic voting added to the pot? So not only will your opinions be bludgeoned from an early age into acceptance of the state, when it comes down to actually stating them by voting it won’t matter anyway, because the results are preset.

    Well if that’s the brand of democracy Bush and his cronies want to peddle by force upon the rest of the world, then I’d guess brown (shirts) is the new black?

  3. “I am beginning to believe this is all part of the Bush agenda to create a pliant, ignorant, poorly paid American workforce.”

    You only caught onto this now?  This was started by Reagan.  Now we have half of the voting public acting as if they have Alzheimers and the other half on Prozac.

  4. I am beginning to believe this is all part of the Bush agenda to create a pliant, ignorant, poorly paid American workforce.

    You and Randi Rhodes. She goes even further by saying that such a work force provides a source of volunteers for the military. Whether or not that is “their” design, part of this scenario is certainly in effect. A disproportionate share of the the soldiers fighting in iraq comes from small towns. Many joined the military because of limited job opportunities and/or to find a way to contine their education.

    (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 30, 2004. The Biggest Burdns Of War Are Shouldered By Small Town, U.S.A. (p. A1) and Struggling South Carolina Town Has Lost 3 To War (p. A12))

    ‘Compassionate conservatives’ don’t want to win anyones hearts and minds… they only want to break them.

    Conservatives legislatures have certainly shown compassion to the rich.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to make their own right leaning version of PBS?I mean I never really thought PBS was THAT left leaning anyway.It was a palce to watch good programing.

    The radical right doesn’t want you to watch Now, Frontline or anything else that contradicts their message.

    For a long time the right has advocated privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,

    http://michnews.com/artman/publish/article_2184.shtml

    inluencing program content is just another front in their war to suppress anything they don’t care for us to see or hear.

  5. The radical right doesn’t want you to watch Now, Frontline or anything else that contradicts their message.
    “For a long time the right has advocated privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,

    http://michnews.com/artman/publish/article_2184.shtml

    inluencing program content is just another front in their war to suppress anything they don’t care for us to see or hear.”

    I hear you but I mean come on, it’s not like the PBS programs are going directly against the right side of politics.Attacking I mean.

  6. I might feel a bit more alarmed on the subject if I didn’t have a sense of what CAP considers “mainstream” and “the right.”

  7. Oh, man… If you have kids, you’ve already noticed this.  I thought my son would be safe watching PBS, and for the most part he is, but there’s at least two kids’ shows that are aired widely on PBS affiliates that exist for no other reason than to appease the far right: “Liberty’s Kids” and the truly unbearable “Lessons From The Book Of Virtues.”  Good for you, Bill Bennet, you gamblin’ fool, you managed to get your cliched pap adapted for TV!  These shows aren’t just ideologically chilling, they abjectly suck on basic production and storytelling levels as well.  They shouldn’t be on TV, but they are, because some self-righteous ass-eyes on the hill demanded “balance”.
    And if that weren’t enough, KCET in LA is running a series of interstitials that feature an animated Ronald McDonald introducing new programming. 
    If they don’t get you through direct propaganda, they’ll send in the corporate icons to do the work… 

    Pardon my rant, but there’s much to be said about the good work done by PBS in the past.  We shouldn’t let another rational institution fall to these idiots—the web can’t do EVERYTHING…

  8. Not sure if this is definitely on-topic, but this was the closest topic I could find to post this.

    I just played “Bushgame” – try it out.  It’s not really a “game,” per se, but rather a presentation explaining in very easy-to-understand graphic and textual form just what GW Bush has done in just one term as president.  If the statistics and facts presented here are all true (it’s clearly a pro-Kerry site, so I have to take it with a grain of salt), I am absolutely floored.  This is frightening stuff.  I wasn’t planning on voting for Bush anyway, but man, after playing that game, I almost feel like the man should be overthrown, if not outright imprisoned for what he’s done.

    Don’t worry if you die while playing the “game” – you can pick up right where you left off by hitting “continue” (and you get all the characters you’ve collected so far back!  I was down to my last guy (Jesus!) in the final fight, and right before I killed the central Bush head, I died…but then I just hit continue and got the sucker!  Fun stuff).

  9. Oh, but I like “Liberty’s Kids” only because Walter Cronkite does the voice of Ben Franklin. grin

    (Submission word:  simply)

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