Comments for: A threat to tranquility

Posted April 22, 2012, at 5:05 p.m.

Some people love the commercials on television and radio. Some find them an annoying distraction, especially political advertising in this election year. Fortunately for the latter, public broadcasting offers a respite from political ads. But no good thing lasts forever. A U.S. appellate court panel has ruled that public broadcasting …

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  • Anonymous

    Count on the Far Right to jump on this as another  tool for attacking public broadcasting. It is never happy to see Americans unite in any collective efforts that might compete with private profiteering.  Remember how Reagan’s  deregulation of the telecoms was supposed to bring us lower prices and greater access? Now radio and TV may just not be worth tuning into without constant interruptions by the most inane  commercials and puerile political “messages”.

  • Anonymous

    I can imagine a JCPenny ad that would fit if the Republican/MHPC/ALEC/Tea Party retains control of the Legislature in Augusta. That extremely annoying commercial that showed people screaming, over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    Can MPBN find time to run political ads when they can’t find time to run local public service announcements?

    • Guest

      Why are people horrified by the notion of public TV carrying issue ads when its documentary and public affairs programming already accept underwriting from foundations that have an ideological axe to grind?

  • Anonymous

    The BDN, you see, wants to maintain control of the political message. Political advertising costs them this control. It is really as simple as that.

    Time to grow up and share the sandbox, BDN.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like a fairly reported editorial, brought up both sides of the issue.  The decision 9a tough one) will be up to MPBN.   That hardly represents control by the BDN.

    • I am still amazed at the people that stamp and stammer about the BDN’s biases. For two reasons. I very often see both sides being well represented, but if you feel this paper is too biased for your own liking why read it? Why not check out one of the other news outlets on the internet? The paper is here to make money. When enough people leave due to a bias eventually they will change their model. 

      • pbmann

        But the right cannot use a bias defense when confronted with facts that disagree with their world belief if they did not claim the BDN is biased.

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