"Need to Know" how awful PBS is?

Why is any tax dollar still going to PBS?

From the Austin (TX) American-Statesman:

PBS unveils a fun, thoughtful season in Austin
By Dale Roe
Published: 9:21 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2010
There sure was a lot of earnestness at the Hilton Austin during the 2010 PBS Annual Meeting, held last week.
“Need to Know.” The online and broadcast project is the newest member of the PBS stable, having been created only a couple of weeks ago (the team was assembled beginning in January). The project aims to be both a current-affairs television show and a destination online content site covering news in five basic areas: economy, health, energy, security and culture. The team, including Alison Stewart and co-host Jon Meacham, will work with a disparate group of content producers including affiliate stations, bloggers and viewers to create an eclectic community built around journalism. Promoted topics included Mexico and guns; the Texas textbook battle; 50 years of the contraceptive pill; and Somali rappers.

“Need to Know” replaces Bill Moyers. Jon Meacham is editor of the failing lib magazine Newsweek, so let’s give him every chance to fail WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS. What could go wrong?

“Need to Know” is “both a current-affairs television show and a destination online content site.” Let’s check out the website with the search term “Sestak.” There’s one search result. ONE. It’s a story from May 19th, when Joe Sestak beat Arlen Spector in a primary.

There’s nothing else about “Sestak” that you “need to know.”

Sure looks like another “fun, thoughtful” season over at PBS, huh?

From Newsbusters:

PBS’s Meacham Frets Over Anti-Obama ‘Hate’ from Right, Invokes McVeigh and Oswald
By Brad Wilmouth
Thu, 05/27/2010 – 00:36 ET
On Friday’s Need to Know on PBS, co-host Jon Meacham – also of Newsweek – devoted the show’s regular “In Perspective” segment to highlighting “anger” and “hate” felt by some conservatives toward President Barack Obama, and included examples of protesters and anger expressed toward liberals. He began the segment by raising the possibility of violence resulting from “extremism”: “Perhaps we should not be much surprised anymore about the language of extremism. But we can’t let the prevalence of far-out rhetoric dull us to its pernicious and possibly violent effects.”

From a comment:

Why is there still a PBS to employ Meacham?
Thu, 05/27/2010 – 02:57 ET by JakeMo
PBS and NPR should have been eliminated as a first order of business on January 3, 1995.

“Need to Know” has also hired–hey, it’s only your money–the left-wing “comedian” Andy Borowitz. Here’s Newsbusters again:

PBS Humor: Palin Has ‘Written More Books Than She’s Read,’ Clarence Thomas ‘Often Seems Absent & Doesn’t Say Anything’
By Brad Wilmouth
Sun, 05/16/2010 – 15:44 ET
On Friday’s Need to Know program on PBS, during the show’s regular “Next Week’s News” humor segment, as liberal satirist Andrew Borowitz recited four predictions for next week, in two of his items he took shots at the intelligence of prominent conservatives – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

From Mediaite:

Jon Meacham Is Going To Save Newsweek (After He Finishes Taping His New PBS Show)
» 14 commentsby Colby Hall | 3:16 pm, May 10th, 2010
aimlowjoe says:
May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm
This guy dumbed down Newsweek to were it was embarrassingly unreadable. It is unrecognizable. He turned into Newsweek lite. There is no article more than one page long.
Good Riddance. Jon Meacham is one creepy dude. His bio says he is 41. He looks 50 at least. What happened?

From Wikipedia: During his 4 year tenure as editor the magazine has been repositioned (reducing circulation and raising prices) and has generated increasing financial losses leading to its parent company, Washington Post, announcing its intention to sell the magazine (announced May 5, 2010)[3]

Translation: He ruined an American Institution. But I am sure he will land on his feet. His ilk always does.
Aimlow Joe

From Politico:

May 07, 2010
How does Meacham affect ‘Need to Know’?
Gee PBS starting another uber liberal show-how unusual.
Posted By: patg. | May 07, 2010 at 12:17 PM
“Need to Know” teams Meacham, the editor of ObamaWeek with Stewart, a newsreader from MSDNC. The Obama White House approves of these hosts.
Posted By: Equal time | May 08, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Here’s “Public Broadcasting 101” from our good friends at the Soros-funded Free Press:

How does PBS rank for trustworthiness?
Compared to commercial broadcasting or cable networks, Americans consider PBS news and public affairs programming the most trustworthy and objective. More than 40 percent of Americans polled by Roper ranked PBS as the most-trusted source for news and public affairs programs. In another poll, 90 percent found that PBS provides “high quality programming.”

Do Americans view public broadcasting as biased?
In another poll, 80 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that PBS was “fair and balanced.” 55 percent found the same to be true of National Public Radio (NPR).

How do Americans feel about the cost of PBS?
The cost of public broadcasting (TV and radio) for the entire year is $1.70 per person. By comparison, the average cable bill is over $481 per year, with premium channels and digital packages costing even more. According to a recent Roper poll, the majority of the public (51%) believe the amount of federal funding PBS receives is “too little.” Most Americans (82%) believe that public and private funding given to PBS from government, corporations and individuals is “money well spent.” The American public considers PBS the second-best use of tax dollars, ranking below only military defense.

The Free Press believes that Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and Glenn Beck’s radio show and Fox News should give 100% of their budgets over to NPR and PBS. FCC diversity czar Mark Lloyd just loves the way the “free press” operates in Venezuela under Huge Chavez.

Really, does anyone believe that PBS is “the second best use of tax dollars”?

Sestak! I “need to know” one damn story on Sestak! Anything! Lie to me, PBS, but give it a try with one damn story!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pull the plug now.