So I turn on News Hour with Jim Lehrer last night and there was a debate going on over PBS and NPR funding. Now unlike many of the shows (such as ones on fox) there was both sides being discussed and one wasnít allowed to dominate. Neither was able to overpower the other and put their view out more. They let two sides of an issue duke it out. You see despite what Fox and CNN tell you having a conservative republican and a moderate republican on isnít show both sides of things. Now I donít remember the names of the two men but one was affiliated with PBS and the other a Republican right wing rag. The thing that got to me about the right wing rag guy was that his arguments were pointless and repetitive. I mean he kept pointing things out and then mentioning Bill Moyers. Bill Moyers hosted a show on PBS that was an alternative media outlet, but frequently had Republicans or opposing sides on the show. But whatever your thoughts on Bill Moyers are the fact remains he retired. So to repeat over and over again we donít our money going to Bill Moyers to put out a liberal story. PBS and NPR serve a great purpose and not just for the news. To lose them would be a real shame.
ďDo not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.Ē
"The hand that rules the press, the radio, the screen and the far-spread magazine, rules the country."
-Judge Learned Hand, Memorial service for Justice Brandeis, December 21, 194