Posts Tagged ‘Moyers & Company’

Every day I see searches for Bernie Ward and Ray Taliaferro.  I wish I had news to post about Ray but I don’t see anything new about him.  So, for those who search for Bernie these are his latest blog posts:

September 20, 2012 – 1% vs 47% (Bernie comments on Romney’s remark)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/09/1-vs-47.html

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September 21, 2012 – Cliff Notes (Bernie yells  ‘jump’)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/09/cliff-notes.html

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September 28, 2012 – Whatever You Do For The Least (Bernie blames himself for the loss of the Fresh Start charity)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/09/whatever-you-do-for-least.html

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October 5, 2012 – There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (Bernie talks about Churches and Politics)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/theres-no-such-thing-as-free-lunch.html

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October 15, 2012 (2 Posts) – Miss Congeniality (Bernie’s thoughts on the VP debate) and None of the Above (Bernie discusses young people and religious affiliations)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/miss-congeniality.html

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/none-of-above.html

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October 17, 2012 – A Pig In A Poke (Bernie blasts Paul Ryan)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-pig-in-poke.html

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October 21, 2012 – May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her (Bernie mourns a soothing voice in the Texas wilderness)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/may-perpetual-light-shine-upon-her.html

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October 26, 2012 (2 Posts) – A Gift From God (Bernie shares his thoughts on that infamous rape comment) and The Government Giveth, and the Government Taketh Away (Bernie reminds us how the states have spent our money)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-gift-from-god.html

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-government-giveth-and-government.html

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November 4, 2012 – Lay of the Land (Bernie predicts an Obama victory)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/11/lay-of-land.html

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That’s it for Bernie.

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Another interesting program that aired this week was the rebroadcast of Moyers & Company first show from January 2012.  It’s about inequality and sets the tone of Moyers’ ongoing fight to right the wrongs of riches.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/on-winner-take-all-politics/

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I wish I had something to post about Ray.  Here’s an old clip from YouTube when Ray falls in love with Bob:

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A new Moyers & Company broadcast is now airing on PBS channels.  It’s an interesting subject about the increased wealth of super-rich, with guests, Matt Taibbi, of the Rolling Stone and Chrystia Freeland, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

This quote by Matt Taibbi is excerpted on Moyers & Company website showcasing the program:

“We have this community of rich people who genuinely believe that they are the wealth creators and they should get every advantage and break,” Taibbi tells Bill. “Whereas everybody else is a parasite and they’re living off of them”

Here’s a link to the program:

http://billmoyers.com/segment/matt-taibbi-and-chrystia-freeland-on-the-one-percents-power-and-privileges/

I am startled by the information that companies are now forcing employees to work unpaid hours supporting the boss’s political candidate.  Unfortunately, it’s not included on the website video but the program I saw on PBS aired it at the end of the interview with Taibbi and Freeland.  Here is a link to that information found on Moyers & Company website:

http://billmoyers.com/2012/10/19/plutocrats-want-to-own-your-vote/

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“The plutocrats know it and love it — and the rest of us should be forewarned: When the Supreme Court made its infamous Citizens United decision, liberating plutocrats to buy our elections fair and square, the justices may have effectively overturned rules that kept bosses from ordering employees to do political work on company time. Election law expert Trevor Potter told us that now “corporations argue that it is a constitutionally protected use of corporate ‘resources’ to order employees to do political work or attend campaign events — even if the employee opposes the candidate, or is threatened with being fired for failure to do what the corporation asks!”

This is chilling stuff, people.  We need to wake up and do something about it before it’s too late.

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We can’t let them clip our wings.

Illustration by Melamed Katz, CC-SA-3.0

I enjoy listening to PBS on Saturday morning, the political talk shows and some others, such as Bill Moyers’ show, Moyers & Company.  Today, his guest was Trevor Potter, the founder of Campaign Legal Center, and the discussion was campaign spending.

You can see the video here:

http://billmoyers.com/segment/trevor-potter-on-fighting-big-money-in-the-2012-election/

There is also a link on the page to the entire transcript.

This exchange caught my attention:

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“BILL MOYERS: I thought that’s where we were seeing the naïveté of a Supreme Court justice really out of touch with reality. When he said, “Okay, we’re going to give them the right to spend all this money, but shareholders in particular and citizens can go to the internet, get the information they want, and then hold them accountable if they’re not spending money for the company’s profit,” right?

TREVOR POTTER: Right. And of course, that’s interesting in itself, because it reveals the bias of that decision. He assumed the test was, are they spending the money in the way that most profits the company? And that’s very interesting if you think about it, because–

BILL MOYERS: How so?

TREVOR POTTER: Well, I mean, you go back to the founding of our country. And the founders’ view was that we would be citizens, and we would act in the interests of the country, in our greater interests. They didn’t think that everyone would go out and try to act solely in their own self-interest to better themselves if it was bad for the country.

These were people who had fought a war, who had left their families and their homes, clearly not in their self-interest. So to say that the right thing to do in a democracy is have a corporation spend money in ways that will give them the most profit, never mind what happens to anyone else or the best of the country. It is, I think, an example of why you don’t really want corporations participating directly in elections.

They have a very narrow interest. Which is supposed to be their shareholders. But we want voters and citizens to have a broader interest. To think about the next generation, to think about the greater good. There’s an interesting quote from the head of Exxon in a new book out on Exxon where he says, “Exxon is not a U.S. corporation, we do not act in the best interest of the United States.”

Well, it is a U.S. corporation, but what he meant is, they have shareholders all over the world, they have investments all over the world, and it’s not his job to do things that are good for America, it’s his job to do things that are good for his international shareholders.”

-taken from the transcript on billmoyers.com

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Although this interview focused on big money in elections, it ties in what I’ve been saying about Cumulus Media and how it’s affected our radio community.  Trevor Potter encapsulates it in these comments (from the transcript above):

“…that we would be citizens, and we would act in the interests of the country, in our greater interests. They didn’t think that everyone would go out and try to act solely in their own self-interest to better themselves if it was bad for the country.”

“So to say that the right thing to do in a democracy is have a corporation spend money in ways that will give them the most profit, never mind what happens to anyone else or the best of the country.”

They have a very narrow interest. Which is supposed to be their shareholders. But we want voters and citizens to have a broader interest. To think about the next generation, to think about the greater good.”

“…and it’s not his job to do things that are good for America, it’s his job to do things that are good for his international shareholders.””

Now, I know Cumulus Media is not the first company to do this but their corporate policies have adversely affected our local broadcast community this past year, the actions of Cumulus Media management show their complete disregard for the Bay Area listener base.  Instead, they focus on how much money they can squeeze out of a once vibrant broadcast environment and how little money they can spend in doing it, at the expense of our local employment force, paying little or nothing for local talent at the same time shoving inferior syndicated programming onto our airwaves and effectively cutting off any local discussion.  They expect us to hear only one viewpoint freely on the air – theirs.

Do we want to support this one-sided policy?  It’s like cheering for a dishonest reality show contestant to win the million dollars.  We sit on the couch, shake our heads, and shrug our shoulders with, ‘it’s just a game’.

Well, this is reality and Cumulus Media is grabbing millions while we sit on the couch and listen to their stations (for what it’s worth, I do not listen).  They are gaming the system that has allowed this to happen.  How can we change this?

As I’ve said before, many other cities have experienced the same broadcast annihilation of their favorite radio stations at the hands of Cumulus Media.  I wish there was a way to get everyone together to speak with one booming voice that will not accept this as our future.

Boomers are no longer babies, and we have to BOOM, baby, BOOM, in a big voice to fix this mess.