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Published on March 8th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson


The Left’s Blind Side

Kansas City StarI’m not a regular reader of the KC Star’s Letters to the Editor section – I figure that reading my own writing is enough time spent on struggling journalists, but as I was flipping through the paper one day last week a familiar name popped up that caused me to stop for a minute and investigate. Since I recognized the writer as an acquaintance of mine, and since I was pretty sure what the intent, if not the content, of the article would be, I decided to read it just to keep abreast of left-wing propaganda and to see if it had adopted any new talking points or ideas lately. I was neither enlightened nor surprised.

The gist of the article was in defense of the funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and what would be fair to save these liberal icons. The budgeted amount proposed could easily be supplemented by simply confiscating the needed funds with higher taxes on higher incomes. To quote: …

those who have the most must pay the most.

That’s certainly understandable isn’t it? When you want more money for a worthy non-profit cause just take it from those who are earning the most. That’s the fair way, right? When dealing with economic challenges the side the left always chooses is simple enough, but hardly fair to those who are supposed to pay for it all.

The fairness question gets a little bit confusing though when my friend points out that by not funding PBS, NPR and other social programs we will not only be dumbing down our populace but it will affect the poorest among us. And if we do this, we must do away with Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and similar commentators by bringing back Fair Broadcasting?? so that each side gets equal time. Again I’m not a regular listener, but I’ve never associated NPR or PBS with intelligent discourse. Just because you speak softly, and preferably with some sort of accent, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything particularly intellectual about the conversation. And I can’t decide how eliminating government funding for these networks will affect the poor in any way. That’s just the knee jerk reaction to any budget management solution that is proposed.

As to Beck and Limbaugh, this is always the pièce de résistance when the left takes up the battle to shut down the conservative radio talk shows under the guise of fairness in broadcasting. These shows are commercial ventures sponsored by companies to promote the use of their respective products and increase their market share – what every program tries to do. The fact that they are so popular is because they are entertaining and informative. The shows that the left tried to produce were not entertaining. Listeners tuned in, were not entertained and moved on to something else. Liberalism is not entertaining. And thus these liberal talk show hosts eventually met the same fate that befalls any entertainment program that has no audience and no sponsors. They were terminated. Not because of any lack of equal time or unfair advantages – they were simply unsuccessful; and no government support will save an uninteresting radio or television program.

Ironically, in the next day’s Wall Street Journal Senator Jim DeMint pointed out that Patricia deStacy Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, made $298,884 in salary and $70,630 in other benefits last year. Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, was paid $632,233 and Kevin Klose, head of NPR made $1.2 million. If these organizations can pay these salaries, and considering the millions Sesame Street takes in with the licensing of their toy sales and the $1.8 million from George Soros’ to hire more reporters, it doesn’t appear there is a great need for any more support especially government funding.

And speaking of fair, you might check with journalist Juan Williams about the way he was treated at NPR. I wrote about this last October when he was fired by email for appearing on Fox News on a regular basis.

That doesn’t seem to be the fair side to me. It looks more like the blind side.

About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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