Tag Archives: PBS

Huckabee Begs Trump Not To Gut The Arts

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Mike Huckabee manages to simultaneously defend the arts and heap insults on artists. He writes: Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice for president. I was. But he was my second choice, and I’m proud that I supported him. In tackling the federal budget, he faces a debt that has doubled to $20 trillion in ...

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John Oliver Tees Off On Trump’s Budget [VIDEO]

The Week recaps: “Look, there is nothing wrong with cuts in principle, but with budgets, as with haircuts, it’s where and how you cut that matters,” Oliver said. For example, you don’t slash the EPA, State Department, USAID, public broadcasting, and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities as a cost-cutting measure — together they make up 1.62 percent ...

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Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies Of Cancer At Age 61

NPR reports: Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent African-American journalists in the country, has died, multiple sources tell NPR. She was 61. Ifill, the host of PBS NewsHour and Washington Week, was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. Ifill was also the best-selling author of The ...

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Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden Explains North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law On PBS NewsHour [VIDEO]

Last night Buzzfeed News reporter Dominic Holden appeared on PBS NewsHour to deliver a succinct recap of North Carolina’s nasty new anti-LGBT law. Watch below. Holden: What the city council did in Charlotte was very common in the United States. There are about 200 cities with ordinances like these that ban discrimination against LGBT people. What the lawmakers did in ...

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PBS Examines Kentucky’s Case

“On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear cases from four states that currently have gay marriage bans: Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. The NewsHour talked to two different Kentucky families whose personal stories launched the court case.”

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Pew Ranks “Trusted” News Outlets

From the Pew Research report: Those with consistently conservative political values are oriented around a single outlet—Fox News—to a much greater degree than those in any other ideological group: Nearly half (47%) of those who are consistently conservative name Fox News as their main source for government and political news. Far fewer choose any other single source: Local radio ranks ...

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Liberace On His Outfits

Slate recaps this newly-animated interview posted by PBS: Liberace explains his kitschy sartorial choices to journalist Jay Kent Hackleman in the summer of 1968. The conversation, which crackles with a kind of adversarial energy from the start, is telling: The interviewer’s initial annunciation of “garb” is soaked in knowing hostility, and Liberace immediately defends his super-gay style in terms of ...

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SUNDAY: PBS Debuts Britain’s Vicious,
Gay Sitcom Starring Ian McKellan

Via the New York Times: If it is surprising to see esteemed actors like Mr. McKellen and Mr. Jacobi trading barbs in a traditional, multicamera sitcom recorded in front of a studio audience, “Vicious” further astonished British audiences, when it ran on ITV last year, with its very premise. It cast Mr. McKellen (of the “X-Men” and “Hobbit” movies) and ...

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PBS: The Tide Is Turning On Marriage

Opening with a brief look at NOM’s hate march, yesterday PBS aired the below recap of the coming wave of rulings on same-sex marriage. (Tipped by JMG reader Richard)

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TRAILER: The Day It Snowed In Miami

Especially relevant in light of today’s passing of former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, coming soon to PBS is a documentary about Anita Bryant and Miami’s famed battle for LGBT rights. The film premiered last week in Miami Beach. For those too young, some back story: As promotion of civil rights for African Americans, women and other disadvantaged groups expanded, a ...

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Downton Abbey Returns Tonight

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Sesame Street: Kim Catrall Is Fabulous

The first comment at YouTube: “Why is the ‘whore’ from sex and the city on sesame Street? Is this what we want our young women to aspire too?”

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NORTH CAROLINA: Orson Scott Card Appointed To Board Of PBS Affiliate

Anti-gay science fiction author and former NOM board member Orson Scott Card has been appointed to the board of trustees for UNC-TV, the University of North Carolina’s PBS affiliate that broadcasts over 12 stations into four states. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees,” said Robb Teer, chairman of the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, ...

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PBS News Hour On Chelsea Manning

With an interview with Allyson Robinson.

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TRAILER: The Revisionaries

Tomorrow night PBS will air The Revisionaries, which examines the Texas Board Of Education and its campaign to insert Christianist dogma into public school textbooks. RELATED: Visit the PBS blog Independent Lens for “ten interesting lessons from creationist textbooks.“ They link the below clip as an “in a nutshell” recounting of what’s already being taught in some schools.

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TRAILER: Inventing David Geffen

It airs tonight on PBS at 8PM. The New York Times has a review.  An excerpt: Mr. Geffen’s story starts on a classic Hollywood arc: Brooklyn Jewish boyhood, apprenticeship in the William Morris mailroom, quick success as an artist’s manager and record company executive. But then it refuses to follow the usual rise-and-fall trajectory — it just keeps rising, to ...

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November 3rd: Million Muppet March

Reuters has the story: Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television’s “Sesame Street,” from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the “Million Muppet March.” The demonstration is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election. Before ...

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Frothy Mix: I’d Kill Big Bird

“I’ve voted to kill Big Bird in the past. So, I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Big Bird. I mean, you can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don’t know.” – Rick Santorum, endorsing Romney’s call to defund PBS.

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DNC Slams Romney Over Big Bird

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Tweet Of The Week

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