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    I definitely get the point of many around here about the political coverage of NPR.  It is frustrating and infuriating to hear them spew conservative talking points.  If it were only the political coverage, I would not give a damn if all of public broadcasting went away.

    In life, it is not just all politics all the time though.  I hate it when people are willing to throw out the baby, bathwater, and tub, over a little frustration, even if justified.  

    Bear with me - last night I watched the documentary "Reconstruction: The Second Civil War" with my daughter.  It is a two part, 3 hour, documentary sponsored in part by PBS, and I would recommend it to anyone.  It was assigned to her as a part of her 7th grade social studies class.  

    Now, I have read well over a hundred books about the U.S. in the period between 1850 and 1880, and I still learned some things from watching that 3 hour documentary.  I think productions like that one, made accessible to the general public, do nothing but support the progressive cause (in addition to injecting some hard truth into the mythology about this country's history).  

    So, my question is, does anyone think Murdoch and company would sponsor and air that kind of programming?  (And if you say yes, I ask you to point out where Fox has ever done that)  Are we willing to let public broadcasting die because we think they are too tolerant of the likes of Cokie Roberts? For me, the answer to both questions is an emphatic no, but I suppose others more pure in their beliefs will differ.

    "[L]et us judge not that we be not judged." Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865

    by ByTor on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:58:27 AM PST

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