Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Putting BS in PBS

Here's a story to warm the cockles of your heart: Kenneth Tomlinson, Bush's appointee to head the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which both promotes and funds PBS), has made "Eliminating the perception of political bias" his agenda. To that end, he took public money to conduct a survey to see how many Americans percieved a political bias in PBS' programming. The result: Not many. About 20% of Americans thought that PBS was too liberal. Now dig this: 12% thought PBS was too conservative. In other words, 68% of Americans saw no political bias in PBS's programming.

68% said no bias. If a 53% popular vote victory is a "mandate," what should this tell you?

I hope Dude from Philly reads this, then reads the article at Salon. I'd love to hear his slant left rant again...
On another note: It's always great when someone you admire in one area comes up big in another. Jim Lampley is one hell of a sports announcer/commentator. A frequent guest host on the daily sports radio program The Jim Rome Show, Van Smack has dubbed him "one of the two smartest people to ever visit The Jungle." (Non-sports junky translation: Van Smack=Jim Rome; The Jungle=The Jim Rome show).

Now, Lamps has shown up on Arianna Huffington's Boutique Vanity Blog, giving a sportsman's/oddsmaker's/sociologist's take on why, when all the polling numbers pointed to a Kerry win last November, he didn't.

Mandate, my ass.



Blogger Philip Morton said...

I am thrilled by Lampley's heoric statement, leave it to a sports hero to be a real hero. It will send an immense shutter up and down the executive branch, as nothing is more revered in America for their "values" than sports hero. This one they won't be able to shake off, and if they attack him, they may look the worse for it. His bookmaker proof is excellent, of course, as the vegas guys are geniuses at making money and take no uncertain risks. Check out the link from this very blog to, for he's been on the case of the election fraud from Nov. 3rd.

10:35 PM, May 11, 2005  
Blogger That Dude said...

Lampley is a sports hero? He comes off like a moonbat. He claims fraud due to his knowledge of the vegas sports book lmao, read that again lol.

5:11 PM, May 12, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Dude, I never said he was a sports hero. I said he was someone whom I admired. He is thoughtful concise, and witty.

And as far as the Vegas book aspect: who knows better how to pick a winner than the oddsmakers? You were just in Vegas, Dude--did you beat the house?

Yes, the oddsmakers can be wrong--the Kentucky Derby is a prime example of that. But they are right far more than they are wrong. The house almost always wins. Add that to the pollsters, mix in the sudden mysterious deaths of folks who have tried to shed light on voter fraud, active attemps to keep the press away from the vote count process, and a Machiavellian figure who actively boasts of his dirty tricks past, and you've got more than enough reason to question the outcome of this election.

On another note, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Aunt.


8:32 PM, May 12, 2005  

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