CPB: Open to the Public - Monthly Reports on Comments Received
One of my research papers in the Fall dealt with public broadcasting. Over the course of doing research, I came across this page on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s site.
It is amazing. Were there not a paper to write, I could’ve curled up with my laptop for hours reading these reports.
CPB has a 1-800 number people can call and leave comments on regarding their public broadcasting services. They can also write and mail in any such comments. Either way, CPB then compiles those comments and publishes them here, typos and all.
There’s a lot of conservative venting, a lot of people angry about any Spanish-language broadcasting, the firing of Juan William makes up the comments of almost one whole report, several different requests to send funds to Nigeria so they can setup public broadcasting, at least one (that I’ve found so far) email forward regarding public broadcasting that someone got from a friend and thought would be informative for CPB, and someone bought a rundown historic building and proposed that CPB (via PBS or some other local public broadcasting) might want to create a show (wherein CPB’d pay the bulk of his renovation bills) around the topic of renovating historical buildings.
The craziness is unending. At least once per report I find myself thinking, “Am I actually allowed to read this? It… doesn’t feel like I’m supposed to be reading this.” Openness in business is a foreign thought to me, I guess.
There’s really no way to pick a favorite. The April 7, 2011 (pdf files, sorry) call that was a diatribe against President Obama by way of that night’s MSNBC (MSNBC. [MSNBC.]) Rachel Maddow Show broadcast is pretty high on the list but it’s too long to put here. Instead, I’ll go with what is always enjoyable: any negative comments regarding childrens programming.
Exhibit A: Ending the May 2011 Report; Re: Nicole Kidman on Sesame Street
To whom it may concern,
Today I saw a video of Nicole Kidman on Sesame Street with Oscar The Grouch. First off the impression I got she was coming onto Oscar. That is just plain sick. I have to say having her on this show for children is very bad. She has done several movies that have used children in bad situations. One comes to mind called “Birth.” Where she sits naked in a bathtub with a 10 year old boy. Also we have “eyes wide shut.” and another called “Invasion” she runs around with a see through shirt that shows her body and it is in front of a boy that is playing her son. I don’t see her as a roll model for Kids at any age. I wish you would not show this episode of Sesame Street. Thank you.
I just love it all so much. I hope it never ends.