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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:13 PM
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This week's Bill Moyers NOW - Talk Radio (Randi Rhodes), MORE...
http://www.pbs.org/now/thisweek/index.html

This week on NOW:

One-in-four Americans get some of their daily news from talk radio. Despite the popular notion of liberal bias in media, the biggest names on the radio airwaves are unabashedly conservative. With the ability of corporate media giants to create conservative radio mega-stars and reach a huge audience, many critics wonder if talk radio is setting the political agenda in America. NOW examines talk radios power to change opinion, influence policy, and shape the upcoming elections. Among those interviewed are Portland, Oregons conservative radio personality Lars Larson for a look at how his nationally-syndicated radio show is influencing politics and policy locally, as well as West Palm Beachs liberal talk radio personality Randi Rhodes.
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/talkradio.html
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/talkradiohistory.html
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/talkradioresources.html

In the wake of Janet Jacksons infamous halftime show, both the Senate and House held hearings Wednesday on indecency in the media, questioning the FCC, Viacom president and COO Mel Karmazin, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. With this weeks Comcast takeover bid for Disney, the second-largest hostile bid in US Corporate history, many critics worry that increasing media consolidation will make it more likely that indecent material will end up on the airwaves. As Big Media gets bigger, will local community standards suffer from a more permissive national standard? NOW heads to Capitol Hill to report.

One person outraged by the Superbowl halftime show was Representative Tom Osborne (R-NE), co-chair of the Congressional Sex and Violence in the Media Caucus, aimed at protecting children from violent images and sexual content in the media. Osborne is the co-sponsor of two bills: one seeks to regulate profane language and another to increase by ten-fold the fines to broadcasters who violate indecency laws. Osborne talks to Bill Moyers about his efforts to combat indecency on our TV and Radio airwaves, and about whether he foresees a decline in decency standards with the rise in media concentration.
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/indecency.html
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/mediaresources.html

NEW YORK TIMES Pulitzer prize-winning financial reporter David Cay Johnston has spent the past nine years exposing loopholes in the tax code. He reports that what American know about their tax system has nothing to do with the reality of it, and readily admits that for most of his 37 years of investigative reporting, he did not understand the tax system himself. David Brancaccio talks to Johnston about some of the surprising things revealed in his new book, PERFECTLY LEGAL: THE COVERT CAMPAIGN TO RIG OUR TAX SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE SUPER-RICH, AND CHEAT EVERYBODY ELSE.
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/dcjohnston.html
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/electiontaxes.html

Check your local listings.
http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:18 PM
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1. I'm watching it now-MUST SEE TV!!
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:46 PM
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2. Kick for Wonk
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 09:05 PM
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3. A kick for Bill M, David B, & Randi R
:kick:
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 10:28 PM
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6. Links to two dupe threads
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 09:20 PM
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4. Randi...Randi...Randi...Randi....
Doesn't start till 9pm Central here (Minneapolis)

Recorder warmed up and new tape inserted!!!
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Monaco Donating Member (66 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 09:37 PM
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5. The high point
of my week. It's just so refreshing to see intelligent reporting.
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 10:30 PM
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7. great
I can't believe they're still talking about Janet Jackson. How puritanical are we in this country. Everybody and their mother is calling for what I think is some sort of censorship. If you don't like what is on TV, turn it OFF!! Some politician crying about her son seeing a few seconds of flesh. Give me a break. NOW has a point though- instead of good quality, thoughtful programs we get a race for ratings which is all about attracting eyeballs by appealling to the lowest common denominator. Also media consolidation is a big part of it too.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 11:32 PM
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8. Another point of view.
I heard a comment from a show promoter the other day that actually made sense.

He said the shot of Jackson's breast was so short he didn't even have time to chew his Dorito. If the media hadn't replayed it thousands of times, most of America wouldn't have seen it or even known about what happened!

I know I didn't see the half time show. As soon as it started, I realized it wasn't something I was interested in and I changed the chanel until the game came back on.

Too bad others can't think to do the same.
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yowzayowzayowza Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 11:33 PM
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9. Ohh Nooo..
I missed it.... and no replay. Uggg.

Wonk, dude, I'm on my knees here!!! Can ya hook me up?
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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:27 AM
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11. mp3 & quicktime of the Radio Waves (w Randi Rhodes) segment here
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 12:33 AM by Wonk
PBS will have RealPlayer versions on their site by Monday or Tuesday, but in case you don't feel like waiting that long...

4 M mp3

62 M quicktime

edit: David Cay Johnston mp3, 3 M
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yowzayowzayowza Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:51 AM
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13. Ahhh...
You are a god. Thx heapz!!! Didn't know PBS carried NOW episodes. Cool.
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annagull Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 11:41 PM
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10. really a must see, wow!
Randi, as usual, rocked the house. They showed how a right wingnut in Oregon killed a tax increase even though they are in a horrible bugetary mess, and the increase was minimal. Now the schools, nursing care, etc, will face huge cuts. They showed how a rumor is born and amplified on RWHate radio. Interesting thing on the 'boob tube' incident, seems like a few Repukes are getting buyer's remorse with the media consolidation rule. They finally figured out Viacom owns the entire content they saw, and they realize this will be the corporations deciding what is "entertainment" and what is culture.. interesting show, catch it if you can!
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kaitykaity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 12:40 AM
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12. On Randi--face to voice, I'm so glad.

I live in Portland, Oregon and have had to tolerate pudgy boy Larson for years. Yeah, he's as arrogant, ignorant, and intolerant as he appeared. It makes me sick that I have to search for Randi on the Internet but can get seven hours a day of that RW rumormonger.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 01:35 AM
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14. Every segment was excellent
As a former Portlander, I did not relish seeing Lars Larson again, and was sad but not surprised to learn about his role in defeating the tax measure--and his role in making the legislature refer it to the voters anyway. :crazy:

A once-progressive and pioneering state is being ruined by the likes of him.

But it was clever of Moyers to follow up the Lars Larson segment with that guy talking about how the rich evade taxes.
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