PBS will save the world

...or at least continue to rock mine.

Noteworthy sound bites from my Friday night PBS line up. That's right. I said "Friday night PBS line up." I'm that sexy.

The News Hour with Jim Lehrer:
Judy Woodruff interviewed Tom Matzzie, MoveOn.org Washington Director, and countered him with a conservative think tank personality whose name I don't remember. The topic was a series of ads running in swing states about, of course, the war in Iraq. Mr. Conservative Think Tank slammed an ad co-funded by MoveOn. He was outright cruel and even attacked Matzzie personally. Then Tom Matzzie spoke. He watched a commercial funded by conservative organizations and he did not attack anyone and was far from cruel. In fact, he first stated that he respected the opinion the narrator presented in the ad and validated this woman's pain about loosing her son. Then Matzzie stated his own opinion and that of MoveOn and left it at that. In a political climate that is in desperate need of civil debate, you have to respect that. To be fair, perhaps Mr. Conservative Think Tank was confused and forgot he was on PBS and not The O'Reilly Factor.

Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria:
Robert T. Watson, World Bank spokesperson on global warming, made a sad but well-phrased point. Global warming, and global climate change in general, is caused primarily by the world's rich countries and is suffered by primarily the world's poor countries. It makes sense, but is one more reason in the litany of reasons to be angry about our unequal, unjustified, and unethical distribution of wealth.

Bill Moyers Journal:
Brice Phillips runs KQRZ-LP radio in Hancock County, Mississippi. Hancock County was ground zero for Hurricane Katrina, where the storm's eye made landfall. KQRZ is a low-power FM community station that was the only station to stay on the air 24/7 during storm and afterward. The Journal told this man's story as a way to discuss media regulations, monopolies, and why local public radio is necessary for the health of our communities. Before the show launched into the politics, Brice Phillips made this beautiful statement: "When you have nothing left and you're at your last resource, that's when you share." The interviewer said, "What makes you want to share when you have nothing?" Bill looks confused, "Share it with each other. It's what you do."

An interesting tid bit I learned from Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner: In the 1934 bill that established the Federal Communications Commission, it says 112 times that all media is a "public trust." I admit to entering this interview with a huge bias. I saw an old wealthy white male heading the FCC and was prepared to roll my eyes for the next 32 minutes. Then Mr. Copps busts this out, and immediately endears himself to me, "We need to stop thinking stockholder, stockholder, stockholder and start thinking stakeholder, stakeholder, stakeholder!"

(Audio: John Stewart at his hysterical (and explicit) best reading from "America: the book.")

I stopped watching commercial television and listening to commercial radio six years ago. I've not once missed either. It's not just that radio and t.v. bore me, though they do; it's not just that I'm busy and don't have much time for radio and t.v., though that is also true; rather, it's an intentional boycott based on political, moral, ethical, and economic reasons. You would never hear these sound bites on commercial television and without them, I fear we will continue to ignore everything but our next pleasure fix.

In my mind I'm goin' to...

ISBN ### Wage Peace