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We don’t get cable and are generally happy with our viewing options. Al likes old reruns of Naked City (mostly for the old cars), and we both like OPB and have many favorites like Oregon Field Guide, PBS News Hour, Masterpiece Theater, Oregon Experience, Doc Martin, and the list goes on.

However, one of my old favorites is no longer on my list. Nova. Although I love Neil deGrasse, it is difficult for me to see “David H. Koch” splattered across my screen with some narrative about how he wants to further science education in Americans. (I do watch Nova, just get tweaked over the ad.)

My fat Aunt Fanny! The biggest funder of climate change denial science on the planet wants us to “learn Right”.

HarpboyAK’s excellent diary PBS News Hour: On the Right Agenda bandwagon (Now Updated) turned disgust into disillusion. I didn’t like reading it any more than he enjoyed writing it.

I hate to write this diary.  I once wrote the license and grant applications for my home town's public TV station, and worked in public broadcasting for 10 years...


…But then I was tipped to David Sirota's story on today about how the PBS News Hour has been running news segments touting the anti-public employee retirement agenda of former Enron trader John Arnold and his Arnold Foundation, funded by his foundation without acknowledging the funding source.  

I was shocked as perhaps I ought not to have been considering how the Kochtopus tentacles have encircled and throttled so much that I consider The Commons.

As a great believer in petitions, I googled and found one petitioning the Boston Public TV Station to drop Koch from their board. Here it is for your reading and signing pleasure:


Happy Wednesday! Ojibwa will be by with some old cars which Al will love. This is an open thread so drop on by and have some fun.

What programs do you love? Which do you loath? Which programs do you watch that you might not be so proud of enjoying?

For me, the two shows I thoroughly enjoy but will only admit to watching if I really trust the person are:

1. Two and a Half Men Charlie Sheen is repugnant but, you know, the show makes me laugh.

2. Downton Abbey As a dyed-in-the-wool Revolutionary, I admit with chagrin that I just love this aristocratic soap opera.

So what kind of tripe on the idiot box can you not do without?

Originally posted to Street Prophets on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 01:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse.

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