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Saturday, October 23, 2004
  Tin Hat and PBS - the war we lost?

I'd be interested in whether any of my USA based readers have noticed any discrepancies in tonight's programming by their local PBS affiliates...

I supposedly live in a progressive city - at lest as far as the South-East is concerned. I live in Atlanta, and we are 'served' by two separate Public Broadcasting (PBS) channels. Often, both of them show simultaneous programming, or the same programs in different time slots. Both of them show NOW with Bill Moyers on Friday nights. Georgia Public Broadcasting - Channel 8 airs it in the ten pm to 11 pm slot, and
Public Broadcasting Atlanta - Channel 30 shows it at 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm, and Channel 30 shows Speaking Freely immediately following NOW.

Well, I confess. On Friday nights, I play the Fantasy Five lotto game. I try to play it between 10 pm and 10:30 pm - as close to drawing time, where I think I get 'luckier' on the numbers (see remote viewing). Regardless, it is because of the NOW show time difference between the two stations (since I really like NOW) that I usually make the move to buy my night's numbers between ten and 10:30 pm.

Well, I left the house at ten tonight, came home and caught a few moments of the first half of NOW on Channel 8, while waiting for the complete showing of NOW on Channel 30. But Channel 30 was still playing their version of Wall Street Review, PBS | News & Views | Business (it might have been Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE . In the News | PBS), or whatever. But NOW did not start at 10:30. So, I flipped to the TV Guide channel (which I loathe but use), and all of sudden the schedule was different. The TV guide channel said that NOW would show from 12 am to 12:30 pm, followed by Speaking Freely. So, I finished watching the second half of this week's NOW, and when I flipped over to Channel 30 again, they were in the midst of the first half on the NOW program (all about small towns and Walmarts and class warfare).

So, I figured Channel 30's programming had drifted off by 10 or 15 minutes (not all that unusual with PBS stations), and I watched the remaining first half of the NOW program.

That's when things got interesting. [OH. I had tried to call the station, Channel 30, earlier to complain about the programming change, and both numbers for the station in my phone book were no longer valid - one rang an unused number at Emory Hospital, and the other, the Atlanta School system???? I was using the '02 to '03 phone book, for what it's worth]. But right where I had come into the second half of the NOW program on Channel 8, and the discussion revolved around class warfare, and a corporate takeover of America, the same program on Channel 30, suddenly switched to last week's second half programming of the NOW show, which was on election fraud. Now why would that be? Why in mid sentence would this week's program be switched to last week's program? I mean, I can't believe in this day and age, that it had anything to do with someone screwing up on a reel change. Those days are over. If you have this week's show, you have this week's show, right?

But then, all of a sudden, another programming change - they weren't showing Speaking Freely tonight. Why? It was in my hardcopy TV guide that I get from my paper. It showed up the first time I checked programming on the TV Guide channel. Why all of a sudden would they drop the programming they had promised me? Who owns this station?

Oh, but it went down hill. No really,after all of that, it went further down hill. They advertised that a new 'reality show'. WHAT THE FUCK!!!! PBS is now showing 'reality shows'?!!!

I hate Newt Gingrich. He won. During pledge brakes they show 'noninfo-mercial' info-mercials. What else can you call it, when the program spokespersons spend most of their time hawking show products? PBS is dead. No more "The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth". NO, instead I'm expected to endure a Dr. (not even a doctor) Phil program, or a health food (read sell products) program...Newt won.

A&E Television started off as an almost valid commercial alternative to PBS. They went to shit. Then Discover (should be Discovery not Discover) came along, and replaced A&E, but now they mostly show car chases and a disfunctional family building motorcycles - hardly programming for the mind.

But than, when ESPN started, they swore they'd never show wrestling and the like.

Corporate greed, intentionally or unintentionally (I suspect an intentional effort, hence the tin hat), has resulted in me watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (he'll be on Sixty Minutes on Sunday) for news, and Sponge Bob Square Pants for entertainment. It's pretty fuckin sad.
 
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