What's the deal with PBS?


#1

This station (and its other publicly owned siblings) are the worst waste of tax payer money! In my area they air three kinds of shows:

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*]Pro-homosexual programming
*]New age garbage
*]Self-empowerment nonsense
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The lowest point was hit yesterday when I watched a few minutes of a show that was obviously taped a few decades ago and hosted by liberal wacko Bill Moyers. He was interviewing some ex-Catholic who was talking about myths from civilizations around the world. He described this complicated ceremony practiced by some savages in New Guinea which ends with half a dozen young men having sex with a young girl. The last man to engage in the act with the girl and the girl herself are both MURDERED by the rest of the tribe, their bodies are roasted over an open flame, and they are then EATEN by the others present. And this S.O.B. talking to Moyers concludes his long tale with “And that’s the Sacrifice of the Mass.” I almost blew a gasket! :mad: :mad: :mad: What a bigot!!! :mad: :mad: What a misrepresentation of our faith! ARRRGGGGH!!!


#2

WHAT??? What on Earth does this horrible bit have to do with the Mass? Was he comparing it to their version of the Mass, or making a joke or what? Sounds like this tribe is a culture of death… but I bet the liberal media has full respect for them and thinks they should be protected from outside influences. Is this for real, or was teh man making it up to prove a point? I also have a bone to pick with HBO (AKA Homosexually Biased Offensive Programming) They have have so much garbage that they pass of as “documentary” We refuse to pay for it or have it in our home. HBO explores all the worst,of life… I’m sure other channels are the same. The only news station I can stand to watch is Fox and occasionally I will watch Headline News. My local news is out of Philadelphia… the crimes reported are disturbing, so we don’t watch it much anymore. We watch alot of movies. By the way, “The Butterfly Effect” is an awful movie, aside from being a bad movie it is morally offensive. I made the mistake of buying it on DVD, because people told me it was really good and had a good message… It was disturbing.


#3

Bad news. If it’s the show I’m thinking of I think he’s a former priest.


#4

[quote=mark a]Bad news. If it’s the show I’m thinking of I think he’s a former priest.
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Are you talking about Joseph Campbell? Moyers has done hours of interviews with this “expert” on ancient cults and rituals.
I never knew he was a former priest, if it’s the same man. Sounds like it.
God bless


#5

Is PBS affiliated with National Public Radio?

I happened to have an NPR program tuned in the other day, when at one of their ‘commercial’ breaks they thanked one of ther contributors, NARAL Pro-Choice America. I immediately switched to a different station.

JimG


#6

My daughter watches the children’s shows like Between the Lions, Sesame Street, and Clifford. I am kind of wondering if the other shows like Teletubies or Boohbah (something like that) are promoting new age or homosexuality, but I really don’t know how to find out. Sometimes even Between the Lions has a fortune teller lady on it and I am wondering if this isn’t a good idea to show my child. I really don’t know too much about PBS, but I thought they were suppose to come up with T.V. that doesn’t include the garbage you speak of. However once I have knowledge of something that is bad, I avoid it. How does PBS promote the other garbage you speak of and I have not seen that awful show you speak of but just for that I am scared to even show my daughter any of the kid shows. I hope that it isn’t bad to see some of their stuff but now I am sort of confused about what to do about PBS. Maybe a letter to the network would help?


#7

I think there are so many questionable things with the kids shows on PBS. Unfortunately, it’s probably the best option when you look at the other choices. I won’t even allow my kids to watch cartoon network. Check it out after about 4:00 and you’ll see why. I never knew that that station had adult cartoons on at night until I walked into the room while the kids were watching one! I was furious!

Nick Jr. is actually better than many of the programs on PBS. They don’t seem to be promoting all that “politically correct” bull that PBS push on kids. The shows are entertaining and educational.


#8

[quote=Strider]Are you talking about Joseph Campbell? Moyers has done hours of interviews with this “expert” on ancient cults and rituals.

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I think this is the guy. He was equating myths (like the story of Isis having intercourse with her dead husband and giving birth to some other pagan god) with elements of death and resurrection in other “myths”, including the “myth”, one supposes, of Jesus’s resurrection. Re the New Guinea thing, I left out some details, but this ritual cannibalism is the re-enactment of some myth they have, and they believe they will obtain some kind of divine or spiritual gift by consuming human flesh. This is what the “expert” was equating with the Eucharist. Only on PBS is this tripe tolerated. And they have the gall to spend so many hours begging for money!

On my TV I have blocked out a number of objectionable channels. Maybe I should add PBS and WLIW to them!


#9

PBS is the only decent channel on non-cable TV. It has insightful, intelligent programming and doesn’t cater to the lowest common denominater. I refuse to get cable because I don’t want my children watching the garbage that is on there.

I agree that the cartoon network is full of garbage, but PBS’ kids shows are wonderful. Gee, is it too PC to teach children that they should try to get along with others? At least PBS’ shows don’t have violence and rude behavior shown with the children. My kids love Arthur and Clifford and Cyber Chase. I have watched them with them and there is no new age stuff there. Cyber Chase teaches a lot of math, and Arthur and Clifford are about problems that kids face, ie. Arthur has to get glasses, or Arthur 's sister is jealous.

As for me, I love Antiques Road Show. It is wonderful, and PBS has so many excellent documentaries. The latest ones I saw were about the history of Chicago and John F. Kennedy’s assassination. I haven’t watched for a while.

So, gee, one guy says something about a cannibalistic culture that you don’t like, and you are willing to completely denigrate PBS? Didn’t you see any of Ken Burns’ amazing documentaries? Who could forget the Civil War one?
I gladly pledge every year, and thank God for PBS.


#10

It’s the same kind of stuff that is going on at college. My college is full of liberal professors who thing Christianity is to blame putting down women and minorities and causing “social darwinism” and things, it is tripe! They compare the “Genesis creation myth” with some Babylonian myth, say it is all derived. This is what you parents are paying the staff of liberal arts colleges to tell your kids. It can be very confusing to go and hear these things from “authorities” like college professors.

But back on topic there is or seems to be an agenda of “public” radio and television to promote everything as long as not Christianity. Sure, homosexual cannibals. Sure, people in voodoo and witchcraft. Sure radical feminist who would be just as happy if there were no males on the planet – but no Christianity.


#11

I happen to like the nature shows personally. I don’t have kids so I don’t pay much attention to the kids shows. But for heaven’s sake, man, it’s not just one or two objectionable programs. It’s a constant stream of pro-liberal wackoism. Where else, but HBO, MAX and others, will you get explicit tales of lesbianism, wackos talking about “The Power of Intention”, and anti-Christian diatribes. Your TV contribution would be better donated to EWTN, where I doubt they give themselves the outrageous salaries they do at PBS (salaries so high, BTW, that Congress imposes a salary cap on them). I enjoy some of the programming as well, but they’ll not get any more money from me than is confiscated in taxes.


#12

[quote=JimG]Is PBS affiliated with National Public Radio?

I happened to have an NPR program tuned in the other day, when at one of their ‘commercial’ breaks they thanked one of ther contributors, NARAL Pro-Choice America. I immediately switched to a different station.

JimG
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I don’t know if they are affiliated, except to say that like PBS, NPR is publicly owned and also very liberal, which makes it even more infuriating that our tax monies are given to them.


#13

There’s no great mystery about PBS. Despite some worthwhile programming, it is controlled by those with the same ideology as those who produce the **** that passes for most modern entertainment: movies, TV, rap music, pornographic magazines, crockumentaries like Fahrenheit 911, gentlemen’s clubs (strip joints), et al. Also, these are the same people who run the Democratic Party, CNN, the ACLU, the EU, the UN, Planned Parenthood, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NOW, NARAL, most colleges and universities, and the mainline Protestant denominations. These people identify themselves as liberal, progressive, enlightened, tolerant, non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, New Age, as everything but Christian or religious in a traditional sense. In short, these are the ambassadors of the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.


#14

[quote=Strider]Are you talking about Joseph Campbell? Moyers has done hours of interviews with this “expert” on ancient cults and rituals.
I never knew he was a former priest, if it’s the same man. Sounds like it.
God bless
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Don’t quote me on it. I heard or read or dreamed it somewhere. Please excuse me if I’m misinformed. I’ll see what I can find and post later.


#15

It doesn’t look like Campbell was a priest. Here’s a link to an EWTN/Zenit set of articles:

EWTN

John


#16

Mainstream Christianity and especially Catholicism is fair game for PBS: Moyers, Frontline, etc… Now a few years ago, they had a biography of LDS founder Joseph Smith. Gag, they were falling over themselves being “respectful” in contrast to always bringing on Dominic Crossan or Karen Armstrong when the subject is Christianity.


#17

[quote=John Higgins]It doesn’t look like Campbell was a priest. Here’s a link to an EWTN/Zenit set of articles:

EWTN

John
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My bad. He’s a former Catholic, but was not a priest.

Sorry. Actually, that’s somewhat of a relief.


#18

[quote=Lion of Narnia]Mainstream Christianity and especially Catholicism is fair game for PBS: Moyers, Frontline, etc… Now a few years ago, they had a biography of LDS founder Joseph Smith. Gag, they were falling over themselves being “respectful” in contrast to always bringing on Dominic Crossan or Karen Armstrong when the subject is Christianity.
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Yeah, their “An American Prophet” special. :rolleyes: I think the Marriott Foundation funded that production. I’m not sure if they give annual grants to PBS or not; I think they do.


#19

I’ve seen that interview with Joseph Campbell - it’s pretty old, as he died several years ago. I had to read some of his books in a college course & I went to a Catholic university. At first, it doesn’t seem all that bad because he was a renowned scholar in his field, but if you pay attention to his most important work, *The Hero with a Thousand Faces, *you realize that he was basically another ex-Catholic trying to rationalize leaving the Church. In fact, he ends that book with an explanation of how Buddhism has gone further than Christianity ever could, how much more enlightened it is, etc. The same old arguments, although he’s more erudite about it than most. While I do respect his scholarship in certain areas of mythology, I can’t swallow his assessment of Christianity. If you’re interested in literature or mythology, he’s worth reading but only if you can maintain proper perspective.

P.S. If you do read *The Hero with a Thousand Faces, *beware that Campbell does go into a rather detailed description of those cannibalist rituals. The fact that he can even begin to equate such primitive rituals with the Holy Eucharist should give you an idea that he isn’t an objective, unbiased scholar. It also says something about Bill Moyers providing him with a nationwide audience.


#20

[quote=ktm]Bill Moyers … was interviewing some ex-Catholic who was talking about myths from civilizations around the world. He described this complicated ceremony practiced by some savages in New Guinea which ends with half a dozen young men having sex with a young girl. The last man to engage in the act with the girl and the girl herself are both MURDERED by the rest of the tribe, their bodies are roasted over an open flame, and they are then EATEN by the others present. And this S.O.B. talking to Moyers concludes his long tale with “And that’s the Sacrifice of the Mass.”
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That was Joseph Campbell, no doubt about it. Campbell also wrote a book where he compares Aztec human sacrifice to the sacrifice of the Mass. Joseph Campbell was a pompous fool, and his favorite saying seemed to be that the great mystery of life is that “life feeds on life”. The first time I saw this interview, I wished I was Bill Moyers so that I could smack Joseph upside the head and tell him, “No you dolt, death feeds on life, and Jesus Christ conquered death by dying on the Cross. That is the great mystery of life.” Instead, you have Moyers smiling like a dimwit that looks like he was just told the most profound thing he ever heard.

Sometimes the local PBS channel broadcasts video tapes of old college lectures of Joseph Campbell. From these it is obvious the Joseph Campell was a Gnostic.


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