Are ‘controversial’ and ‘mean-spirited’ code words for ‘left’?Commercial talk radio, like television punditry, is politically lopsided, dominated by the likes of Dr. Laura Schlesinger and Rush Limbaugh. The airspace for voices that tackle political issues from a progressive perspective even seems to be shrinking; two progressive shows–Pat Thurston of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Chicago’s Mike Malloy–were canceled earlier this year. The February 15 firing of Pat Thurston by Santa Rosa’s KSRO sparked protest rallies and letters to the local paper lamenting the loss of “the voice of Sonoma County” and “the only widely accessible interactive debate on local issues” (Press […]
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Are 'controversial' and 'mean-spirited' code words for 'left'?
PBS's ads sell toys, drugs and junk food to your kids
PBS’s ads sell toys, drugs and junk food to your kidsAt the end of Sesame Street, the show traditionally announces that the episode has been brought to you by, say, “the letter Z and the number 2”–a daily reminder of the show’s commitment to non-commercial educational programming. But these days, the tradition has been co-opted for profit: Today after the show, you might hear an announcement that “Pfizer brings parents the letter Z–as in Zithromax.” Zithromax is the antibiotic promoted by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for treating ear infections and other ailments. “More information about Zithromax is just a click away,” […]