The Tender Years

The FCC requires local tv stations to mix a bit of “educational programming” into their Saturday-morning marketing efforts. Can you spot any differences between this, which was also usefully summarized here and the PBS-aired (and now “educational” filler on commercial stations everywhere) video below from about the 8:30 mark?

Tass was a pack of amateurs.

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Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Michelle Bachmann disagrees disagrees with y’all’s eggheaded misunderestimating of history:

“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States,”
Raw Story (http://s.tt/1d8SB)

Michael Dawson
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Alas, it’s not just the more obvious loons: The dominant story remains deeply tied to this preposterous fiction.

High Arka
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In a hundred years or so, the documents might all conform to that fiction. The secondary sources will overwhelmingly do so, and even if the remaining primary documents aren’t literally destroyed, they’ll be made so hard to access–possibly for reasons of historical preservation–that the difference won’t matter much. We’ve certainly seen that more access, rather than less, can be effectively used to control people. E.g., “so much bullshit is on the internet, ergo you can’t trust stuff on the internet,” with the postscript, “unless it’s from a real site.” Like, err, Arianna. The same power that controls the value of… Read more »

nercules
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nercules

Good lord, that was painful to watch. Where to begin? How about the fact that ‘Americans’ and ‘British’ are already identifiable by sharply differentiated speech (although the British have really awful American accents!). Then there’s the French kid (and another execrably performed accent) who is mocked for his lack of military bravery and obsession with food. Then there’s the terminology: ‘great story’, ‘expose’. Winning ‘hearts and minds’? Seriously WTF? But how about the whole ‘what are you called’ BS: ‘Revolutionaries’, ‘Sons of Liberty’? No, just ‘Americans’. Y’see, kids? Now its’ even bad to be an American ‘revolutionary’—too strong a term,… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Whoa, whoa, omg, I only caught after the fact that this gem was aired on PBS. Well, that concludes my journey of completely giving up on any large scale media. 7-8 years ago i started reading the major daily newspapers (WSJ, and NYT), because, well, that’s what an educated, politically engaged, middle class person in the 20% of the population that “matter” is supposed to do, right? (Chomsky bitch-slap here…). After about 3 years of uncriticaly ingesting this over morning coffee, some doubts begun to creep in, or maybe just for whatever reason I started paying more attention. (Thank you… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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NPR infuriates me. I literally have zero tolerance for it. It’s often on when I borrow my mom’s car, and I can’t change the channel fast enough. It’s 100 percent analogous to the Democratic Party. Both operations are knowing tricks on gullible liberals. At least corporate news is corporate news. It’s not pretending very hard to be serious. NPR adds over-enunciating news-readers and 50 percent more length to its identical stories, and strikes its preening pose. And is there anything more over-rated than Ira Glass? Have you seen his pal Davidson, who parlayed his meandering nonsense on Ira’s ridiculous show… Read more »

Martin
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Martin

To help with the TCT outrage, other allies in construction of the hall o’ shame should be noted, for the record. The S.H.AM.E. Project, under the able snarl of ex-EXile journalist Yasha Levine, completely detroyed this Davidson fool – leaving the quisling with nothing but corruption attached to his name – as opposed to the warm bath given him by putative Marxist Doug Henwood on his radio show.
Of course, all this means is another massive media outlet to ignore – along with the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the other guardians of the raj.

Michael Dawson
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Wow, Martin, thank you. Davidson is even worse than I knew. Here’s the link, btw. This “Planet Money” thing is actually a big step worse than almost anything about “economics” on commercial evening news shows, including Fox’s. What a mindfuck.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Yes! Thanks for posting about the shame project. Much needed project indeed.

Since I’m still in the “appearances & style” mode from the Ethan thread, I can’t help but notice the different type of physical similarities found in this specific group of hacks: the soft, white, pudgy, well-fed faces, the classes, the calm, mellow, uncontrovercial and vaguely concerned – but just a tad – expressions, and above all: the self-satisfaction oozing through every pore and through every fiber of the expensive, but poorly executed outfits.

Michael Dawson
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From my years of living in Eugene, Oregon, I developed this aphorism: “Scratch a hippie, find a Republican.” It’s a bit unfair, but not as much as you’d hope.