Next in the Republican cross-hairs: Big Bird

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  1. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, now even Sesame Street is threatened by conservatives:

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    Now, as the article states further down, this still might not come to pass, but I find it hard to believe that PBS isn't being targeted by people who in the past have been critical of its "liberal" programming.
     
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    A while back, a poster here made the claim that NPR was biased to the left in its reporting. Several of us suggested that before coming to this conclusion that perhaps he should actually listen to NPR news for a while and report back -- which, to his credit, he did. Much to his surprise, he couldn't find any bias in NPR news, and confessed as much here. All of which leads me to wonder if the Republican members of Congress who are once again trying to drown NPR and PBS have ever actually listened to the programming, or whether (more likely, IMO) they believe that it must be biased as an article of Republican faith.
     
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    I've met very few Republicans who won't, at some point, try to invoke NPR and/or PBS as part of their 'proof' of a liberal media. They usually point to Bill Moyers, while completely ignoring the guys from the WSJ.

    And now that Tomlinson has taken over it seems he's made it his personal mission to 'balance' PBS, but I'm sure his version of balanced is about the same as FOXNews.

    I would hazard a guess that a primary Republican displeasure with NPR and PBS is that they get money from the government. It goes against their philosophy.

    However you can build an effective wall between the news and the news financer if you want. If you want to see how it's done look no further than the Christian Science Monitor.
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    That was my first guess as well. I've met a surprising number of people (not all republican) that think money going to CPB is wasteful. IMO it's the same mindset that sees music, art, and PE classes in schools as expendable.

    PBS is able to offer a lot of unique and educational programing because it is funded in part by the government. There's a lot of programing (especially documentaries) that wouldn't get any real marketing and/or distribution w/o PBS.


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    Next week on our new, balanced edition of Nova, Evolution: scientific theory, or the Devil's trickery? Pre-eminent archeologists and biologists debate evolution's flaws with James Dobson and Bill O'Reilly.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I've never trusted that freak pinko bird. :mad: Anyone who's best friend is an imaginary mammoth.... :rolleyes:
     
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    And Elmo is the work of the devil.

    PUBLIC BROADCASTING IS THE SAFEST AND MOST WHOLESOME TELEVISION THERE IS. God, you're worried about your ****ing bundles of joy growing up seeing violence and hate ... and you want to kill the only thing that doesn't have it.

    I grew up on that kind of television and I can tell you that I'm better off for it. It was safe, educational, wholesome, and innocent.
     
  8. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    Oscar the Grouch is obviously meant to represent Right Wing Pundits.

    Liberals are really sneaky, just look at how they try to indoctrinate kids using characters like SpongeBob and TinkyWinky.

    Old Oscar is just a secret attack on Rush Limbaugh. Replace the cookies with something small and blue, you get the idea.
     
  9. Royal Pineapple macrumors 65816

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    oxy-contins are white
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    you may be thinking of another right winger, bob dole, his pill of choice was blue
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  10. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    Some of the emails that he sent to his maid were released and he referred to "baby blues," so I think that they may come in more than one form.

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    Boy, he didn't mess around.

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    Priceless.
     
  11. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    Not that Bob Dole schilling for Viagra isn't funny.
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    Maybe more creepy for others.
     
  12. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Well, I don't know how "wholesome" it is seeing/hearing a US officer swearing (unbeeped) and barking orders 'cause his patrol tripped a mine in Iraq. Or how "innocent" it is to see an internal view of a man ejaculating inside a woman. But I do agree that it carries very educational programing that is not gratuitous.


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    I don't have any hard facts, but I remember once seeing an episode of the West Wing (liberal propaganda, I'm sure, I don't watch it that often) where they mentioned that PBS was actually watched by a proportionately large amount of Republicans as well as Democrats. Conservatives always mention the artsy stuff, liberals Sesame Street. Truth is that it's a relatively small amount of Federal money for relatively important thing that we all can benefit from. Some of the complaints may be justified, like the lack of merchandise funding that goes back in to fund programing and the excessive salaries of some of the higher up execs. But that would seem to indicate poor administration, not a need to cut funding.

    This will be another loss for the Neocons. Nobody likes it when you try to kill Big Bird and your main argument is that the programing is enjoyed by members of the opposite political party. But hey, gotta find some way to pay for the billion dollar wars and tax cuts. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Thomas Veil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Actually, that's a good argument for the Dems in the next election cycle: emphasize that conservatives claim to be for wholesome TV, but cut funding to it. Not exactly a huge issue, but that stuff does resonate with the "values" voters.
     
  15. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    It is, but it's still a good show IMO. I catch reruns a few times a week and actually caught most of the new season last year. I'm interested to see how "E-Ring" is.


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    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/18/arts/television/18broa.html
     
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    warning: liberal-biased op/ed piece within

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