Yesterday also saw Kat's "Kat's Korner: Heart Walkin' Good" go up. I'll be downloading the new Heart album tomorrow.
But tonight I want to address an e-mail.
Why, an e-mail that came in this afternoon wondered, had we ignored the Half The Sky PBS project?
How about: We were trying to be kind.
The first part aired tonight on most PBS stations, with the second to air tomorrow.
This is about helping women 'globally.' That really just means ignoring your own back yard.
To be clear, I give to many charities and those do include charities for young girls and women around the world.
But I also give at home.
I don't blame any of the women involved in the project and am sure they're all as sincere about it as Meg Ryan is.
If the project had resulted in a movie instead of a PBS special, I'd be applauding it.
But I won't applaud this.
We have women and girls living in poverty in this country. PBS will not cover American poverty. They're just like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, they'd rather talk about anything in the world other than poverty.
So two nights of PBS airtime, prime time, are going to tell you how bad things are for women in other countries when the reality is that things aren't good for women in this country.
Sheryl Crow has a charity where she gives to fund music education in America. She's not the only woman who does that. There may be men as well. But my point is, Sheryl Crow doesn't do that because she wants to burn her money. She does it because there's a need for it.
There's a need for it because we keep gutting public schools.
Point being, PBS needs to be covering America. Last time I checked, it was Americans that paid their salaries.
Everyone wanted to go wild and crazy over Mitt Romney's 47% remarks. I could care less. I didn't find them surprising. I felt he was speaking what Barack wished he had the guts to say. Barack certainly governs like he believes what Mitt was saying.
The only presidential candidate talking about poverty is Jill Stein with the Green Party. No one else wants to cover it.
PBS damn well doesn't want to cover it. But they do want to pretend like it doesn't exist. Yet get points for 'caring' about women in other lands.
That's b.s. PBS exists to cover poverty. It's refusal to do so goes a long way towards explaining why so many on the left (including me) wouldn't give a damn if PBS and NPR disappeared tomorrow.
"TV: Media continued fail" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Equally curious is who you don't see. Gwen Ifill doesn't know a damn thing about foreign policy so asking her to moderate the segment was laughable. Equally laughable was not going with a NewsHour
In fact, we're thinking of one in particular: Michael R. Gordon of The New York Times.
Gordon's appeared multiple times on The NewsHour. Strangely, he wasn't booked for the segment on foreign policy last week.
Why would that be?
If you're wondering, he's not suddenly press shy. To the contrary, he has a new book to sell, one he co-wrote with Bernard E. Trainor, The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. The book came out Tuesday.
Generally, that means you can expect to see and hear Gordon all over PBS and NPR. Strangely, that has not been the case. No NPR coverage last week of the book. No come on The NewsHour for a discussion. Frontline loved to have him on in the past but now now. Charlie Rose? He has appeared 12 times in the last ten years on Rose's PBS and Coca Cola program. But he was no where to be found last week.
Did Gordon show up at the PBS office party loaded on booze with little Gordon hanging out of his fly?
No, he did something far worse than that.
He dared to criticize Barack -- the ultimate media faux pas. From John Barry's "'The Engame' Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq" (Daily Beast): foreign policy guest for the segment.
Washington has little political and no military influence over these developments. As Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor charge in their ambitious new history of the Iraq war, The Endgame, Obama's administration sacrificed political influence by failing in 2010 to insist that the results of Iraq’s first proper election be honored: "When the Obama administration acquiesced in the questionable judicial opinion that prevented Ayad Allawi's bloc, after it had won the most seats in 2010, from the first attempt at forming a new government, it undermined the prospects, however slim, for a compromise that might have led to a genuinely inclusive and cross-sectarian government."
And that, boys and girls, is how you get vanished by PBS and NPR.
These days when PBS wants to 'explore' Barack's foreign policy record, they really mean that they want people to praise Barack. And they want your money too, this is PBS, they want your money in direct donations to PBS and via whatever extra tax dollars Congress can funnel their way.
Again, many of us on the left wouldn't give a damn if NPR or PBS disappeared tomorrow.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):