Black People : When PBS and NPR are gone, then what?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    For over 50 years PBS and NPR, has provided a real resource to the black community in ways that cannot be fully apreciated

    Every true Black leader, known scholar, African freedom fighter, every activist in the Black Power Struggle the Civil Rights Struggle and the Afrocentric and Black Arts Movement,
    have been rpesented to the Black community over these television and radio stations,
    and now that so many Black stations are disapearing or selling out

    these venues have become the criteria of last resort, for dissemnating serious and important info to the national and even international black community

    Where else will there be childrens educational programs, like Sesame Street( while Oz was alive), Electric Company and Zoom and adult education programs, like Famous Amos reading program, adn in the 60s Dr Clarke's "Studies in African history"

    Where else will there be a place where African music and dance, will get exposure?
    Jazz and black folk music and spoken Word, and new vangaurd sisters and brothers in film and theater production.

    This is not some "hand out" this is something you and I , pay for with our tax dollars and many of us give donations as well

    It has been legislated to be axed, by 2013


    yes the writing is on the wall in regards to black nationalism and the imperative we all knew 20 years ago of having our own radio and television stations

    but the clock waits for no one, and if we fail to plan we plan to fail
     
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    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Right now, public radio and television are in danger of being defunded by conservatives. They could use a bit of support.
     
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    Yo, bruh...

    And the loss of some (if not all) public broadcasting would be missed...

    But I don't really feel or think the white middle and/or upper middle class oriented programming was or is meant to advance our best interests...

    I. e., as more and more pbs news programs have Brookings Institute consultants, i. e., it's even more class as well as race biased than the commercial variety...

    So these black oriented websites etc. are even twice as important/relevant/significant/etc. to get our messages out to our relations etc.

    :SuN020:
     
  4. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Exact and Correct!

    However the group of whites it does attract are only the liberals and progessives

    Bill Moyers has been the most outspoken critic of PBS, and WBAI has practicly lost all of it's Black programming, but realy without us creating and managing our own,
    HDTV stations and network radio.

    The hispanics now have channels 68-1 , 68-2, 65-6, 13-3, 11-2 HDTV, in addition to thier previous UHF stations

    Yet we do not even have one, to porvide our community with cable free televised entertainment, education and news
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Friday, March 11, 2011 by CommonDreams.org
    In Defense of NPR
    by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

    ......Richard Nixon was the first who tried to shut down public broadcasting, strangling and diverting funding, attacking alleged bias and even placing public broadcasters Sander Vanocur and Robert MacNeil on his legendary enemies list. Nixon didn't succeed, and ironically his downfall was brought about, in part, by public television's nighttime rebroadcasts of the Senate Watergate hearings, exposing his crimes and misdemeanors to a wider, primetime audience.

    Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich tried to gut public broadcasting, too, and the George W. Bush White House planted partisan operatives at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in an attempt to challenge journalists who didn’t hew to the party line.

    But what's happening now is the worst yet. Just as Republicans again clamor for the elimination of government funding and public broadcasting once more fights for life, it steps on its own oxygen line. The details are well-known: how NPR’s development chief Ron Schiller stupidly fell into a sting perpetrated by an organization run by the young conservative hit man James O’Keefe, a product of that grimy underworld of ideologically-based harassment which feeds the right’s slime machine. Posing as members of a phony Muslim group, O’Keefe’s agents provocateurs offered NPR a check for $5 million -- an offer that was rejected.

    ......

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/11-4
     
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    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In all due candor and honesty:

    Nobody has answered your question yet!

    :10500:
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The question was hypothetical
     
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