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PBS originataed with good intentions: Making the world better through education. But according to media analyst Laurence Jarvik, ...
PBS originataed with good intentions: Making the world better through education. But according to media analyst Laurence Jarvik, America's only taxpayer-supported public broadcasting network has gone astray.
" ... must reading for anyone who is interested in how the public broadcasting system was created, what it achieved, and where it has gone wrong."
— David Horowitz
In his new book, PBS: Behind the Screen, Jarvik provides the first independent, historical account of our nation's television network. Based on years of research and scores of interviews, he tours readers through PBS's evolution, from the early days, when the network was a shining vision in the minds of educators and philanthropists, to later years, when it became the focal point of a never-ending, sometimes ugly tug-of-war between opposing political camps.
PBS: Behind the Screen answers the following questions:
Does Sesame Street really educate?
What political agenda underlies PBS's hard-hitting documentary programs?
Is the real Bill Moyers the carefully crafted image viewers see on the screen?
What challenges did William F. Buckley Jr. have to overcome before Firing Line could be broadcast?
Just how much did America's favorite chef, Julia Child, really know about cooking when she started out?
|Ch. 1||In the Beginning||1|
|Ch. 2||Lessons from Sesame Street||31|
|Ch. 3||Rev. Moyers||55|
|Ch. 4||The NewsHour||95|
|Ch. 5||This Is Frontline||121|
|Ch. 6||The Case of "Liberators"||145|
|Ch. 7||Conservatives on Trial||161|
|Ch. 8||Buckley and the Triumph of Tokenism||183|
|Ch. 9||Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad||203|
|Ch. 10||This Old How-To||219|
|Ch. 11||Mobil's Masterpiece||237|
|Ch. 12||And Now for Something Completely Different||259|
|Ch. 13||Free to Choose||275|
Posted July 19, 2005
This book opened my eyes to the slant that PBS puts on its news and specials. There is nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that they don't admit it. The public should not have to pay for it, either. If PBS is popular, then it should have no trouble competing in the marketplace. I should not be forced to pay taxes for PBS to push its own political agenda.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.