Friday, June 10, 2005

Castrate Me Elmo

Remember the old days of the so-called "Republican revolution," when the Final Net-encrusted mullahs of the extreme right set their beady sights on public broadcasting? Once again, these radicalized culture haters are going in for the kill, hoping to eviscerate Terry Gross, Elmo and Jim Lehrer in the process.

The Washington Post reports:

"A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as 'Sesame Street,' 'Reading Rainbow,' 'Arthur' and 'Postcards From Buster.'"

This was the small-cranium, James Dobson faction of the House tipping their tiny hats to Kenneth Tomlinson, Bush's new head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which oversees PBS and National Public Radio. Tomlinson is the former editor of Reader's Digest, and rode herd on Grandma's bathroom reading material back when they would run anti-Democratic broadsides and social-conservative, dystopian fantasies about a future U.S. that has devolved into a Third World trash heap thanks to video games and heavy metal. Plus, who can forget "Drama in Real Life" segments along the lines of "I'm Buried Alive!" and "Ferret Attack!"

Since taking office, Tomlinson has been railing about alleged liberal bias at PBS and NPR, although polls commissioned by the CPB itself suggest that the public begs to differ with this movement-conservative tightass. He has appointed Republican watchdogs to pore over tapes and footage, looking for any bugaboos such as too much airtime for "the opposition party" or cartoon aardvarks engaging in civil disobedience at Bush's Social Security rallies.

Of course, conservative talking heads have railed against PBS and NPR for years, but one of the most obnoxiously and demonstrably incorrect lines of reasoning has come from George Will, who has said on ABC's This Week that PBS is irrelevant or redundant thanks to cable content. He is fond of pointing out A&E as evidence that "Arts & Entertainment" is fully represented on cable.

Has he ever watched A&E? Do Dog the Bounty Hunter or Growing Up Gotti, Intervention, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Sell This House or endless reruns of Third Watch or CSI: Miami seriously go head-to-head with Masterpiece Theater or Evening at Pops?

Common Cause has a petition up against Tomlinson. Go to this link and tell Tomlinson and his cohort to stop screwing with the Cookie Monster.


At 1:18 PM, Anonymous All in a Day's Work said...

Maybe Will, like me, just hasn't seen A&E in a while. Really? That Gotti reality show is on the home of Biography? The times they are a changing.

"It's mah birthday. And I'm getting drunker."

"That's a song from Pat Benatar. We should do a biography on her, buuuut I bet we won't."

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

It may be a little tough for George Will and company to comprehend, but many folks, like myself, do not have access to such urban amenities as cable TV, broadband internet and delivery pizza. We depend on PBS!

Many of the rural folks who depend on PBS and NPR... are the same ones those Republican Dogs depended on to help them take take control of our once peaceful and prosperous land. After all, the larger urban areas mostly went democratic.

PBS and NPR convinced many of those voters of the importance of voting in that election.

And if they don't do it..who will?

At 10:02 PM, Blogger LiteraryTech said...

Ah, Thomas, please don't be shocked, but the powerful do not want any voting to be encouraged. As long as they are in power, they don't want any foolish people to go and get confused about the importance of corporate welfare and miss out on the value of massive tax breaks for the breathtakingly wealthy. If everyone started to vote, then what?

If he gets up,

we'll all get up,

it'll be anarchy.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger aka_monty said...

Hey, Dog and Mrs. Dog make me giggle... ;)
But then again, I'm not all that bright. :)


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