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One of the more memorable moments of a pretty wonky presidential debate Wednesday night was a line delivered by Mitt Romney that seemed to send one of the most beloved figures in television to the unemployment line. In an exchange with moderator Jim Lehrer on federal budget cuts he told the PBS anchor that he would cut federal funding to PBS – even though he said “I love Big Bird.”
Shortly after the 2012 elections, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) urged Republicans to "stop being the stupid party" and move away from "dumbed-down conservatism." It seemed like reasonably good advice, which some in the GOP have apparently chosen to ignore.
PBS is politically neutral. The only reason anyone might think otherwise is because Rush Limbaugh has labeled PBS/NPR as “liberal.” The fact is that Limbaugh is a radio talk-show host. He is an entertainer, not a political philosopher. His intent is not to inform. His gig is to incite. To that end, he lies and bends the truth until he can incite his listeners enough to call in because that is how his show is graded by his sponsors.
PBS receives most of its financial support from private listeners.
Candidate Romney did say that he would fire Jim Lehrer and Big Bird. It was his “cute” way of saying that he would block any federal funding for PBS if he were elected President of the United States. Anyone who watched the presidential debates knows that.
Governor Bobby Jindal did say that the Republican Party needs to stop being the “stupid” party.
Robert Levy did completely miss the message of the recent presidential election. Since he is Chairman of the Republican Party of Moore county, it is so sad and narrow-minded that he claims his right NOT to join the parade toward a better and more inclusive America because it looks like he is has set the example for his delusional flock.
Jim, I thought so, too, but I think Levy was saying that the Republican Party is changing (in flux), and he's not happy with it. He wants it to be like it used to be--when all Republican were marching to the same music. And now they have Paul, Rubio, Jindal, and a list of wannabes all wanting to go in different directions.
If you are so delusional that you fear tyranny from our government, you are officially one of the strange kooks that the rest of us fear might do something wierd or dangerous.
Great letter. Wait until you read Levy's column today. It's like trying to listen to Rush Limbaugh for more than a minute.
Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Republican and conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg indicated his belief that Fox News was rightward-leaning: "Look, I think liberals have reasonable gripes with Fox News. It does lean to the right, primarily in its opinion programming but also in its story selection (which is fine by me) and elsewhere. But it's worth remembering that Fox is less a bastion of ideological conservatism and more a populist, tabloid-like network.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has stated that "Fox does tilt right" (although he states this in specific reference to the coverage of the Iraq war, not FNC's coverage in general), but that the network does not "actively campaign or try to help Bush-Cheney."
On Sean Hannity's show in August 2012, Ann Coulter made remarks to Hannity regarding a media blunder made by Romney spokeswoman, Andrea Saul. Coulter suggested Hannity's show worked to elect Republican candidates.
MoonChild: "The Priest's and Monk's kept the ability to read and write to themselves to keep the "masses" controlled and “stupid."
Ain't it the truth, and it is sad that it is still happening today--especially in religious cults and in North Carolina.
geoff: Honestly, there is no leftist bias at PBS. No one on this thread has given a single example to support such a view. Being a sponsor is not a form of advertising. As a matter of fact, the foundations that support PBS do not have products to advertise. They are humanitarian in concept. There is no credible analogy to golf or football or anything else that is funded by commercials. Football, basketball and others even have official TV timeouts--which the teams count on.
You can't level the playing field by spouting crap that you get from Rush Limbaugh. You really need out of the rut you've fallen into.
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