Tonight on SDPB, we saw a few of the working press and working bloggers ..another kind of press... on SD Focus. Maybe not the world's greatest TV, but what was on ABC or CBS? Everytime I decide it might be time to check ABC or CBS, I flip to an annoying commercial or to a trashy program.
The PBS News Hour, Frontline, Now, Charlie Rose, and yes even the SD Focus programs from SDPB TV are usually head and shoulders above any commercial TV broadcasting. Newton Minnow, a FCC commissioner years ago said TV was a vast wasteland. It is worse now than it ever was then and there are also cable channels that are even worse than the commercial broadcast TV. There are some commentators on US social conditions who suggest that the decline in education and social life is a consequence of the garbage on commercial TV and other media.
So, even when I find some of the knee-jerk liberal or brain-dead conservative palaver that gets into public broadcasting in their attempts to be fair and balanced or even if I hear allegations of drug abuse and misuse by staff or former staff of some segment of public broadcasting, I still see public broadcasting as our true "National Treasure". It may not be as amusing as a movie that exploits Mt. Rushmore for thrills and background scenery, but it is consistently interesting and often even useful.
So, if you are short on New Year resolutions, resolve to kick in a few dollars to SD Public Broadcasting even if that means you get to see Todd Epp and Pat Powers and other talking heads now and then with Rich Muller but probably won't see or hear them attacking "secular humanists".
**Stay tuned and protect your "national treasure" like your "family jewels"--Doug Wiken