Jan 1 2012

Letters to the Editor

Extra! January 2012

Too Much Election Coverage

I am discouraged with the amount of coverage that FAIR has devoted to the 2012 presidential campaign. First, I am sure it is safe to say that the majority of FAIR supporters will not be voting for the Republican presidential candidate in 2012.

Second, and more importantly, the U.S. presidential campaign is nearly two years long, and most media sources dedicate a massive portion of their daily coverage to the Republi-can candidates. Essentially, this means we are being cheated out of meaningful news coverage, such as the Occupy movement, or the struggle to maintain union rights and voting rights.

Candidates will undoubtedly look to maximize their time in the media spotlight, but it is the job of the media to report the stories that really matter to us. Starting the presidential campaign two months prior to Election Day is more than enough time for the candidates to present their positions. I hope FAIR can reduce the presidential campaign coverage until next autumn so that more coverage can be dedicated to the hard-hitting issues that we all care about.

Tim Wolff

Royal Oak, Mich.

Labeling Corporate News Suppression

Another good issue (12/11). Just a thought:

Media giants have long used their news outlets to promote their entertainment products—they call that “synergy.” When you refuse to cover things to help make your entertainment sell better, perhaps that should be known as “censornergy.”

Try “censorgy” instead. Same number of syllables as synergy and it’s got an “orgy” too.

Tom Parrett

New York, N.Y.

Crunching PBS’s Numbers

Re: “What PBS Thinks You Need to Know” (Extra!, 11/10): I crunched the numbers in the charts: Since 33 percent of the U.S. population is white female, and 26 percent of that 33 percent pool finds the show relevant, the relevant white female audience is decidedly less than 26 percent. It is actually about 9 percent of the populace of white females.

And since 32 percent of the population is white male, and 57 percent of that pool finds the show relevant, the actual number of white male watchers is 18 percent.

And since the nonwhite female populace of America is 18 percent and 26 percent of those women watch, their actual number is 5 percent.

And the nonwhite males? They have 17 percent of the American populace pool, and their viewership stands at 2 percent.

Putting all those pools of people together, you get 9 percent plus 18 percent plus 5 percent plus 2 percent, which totals 34 percent of the populace.

Apparently about one-third of the American populace finds this type of programming interesting or relevant.

And TWO-THIRDS of the American populace (66 percent) do not.

I really enjoyed your article, and want you to know that what PBS is selling these days, I certainly have NO NEED TO KNOW. I quit PBS when Moyers signed out. He was the last program of any value on their system. Maybe local stuff like Oregon Field Guide (Oregon PBS)…. But PBS has nothing more to offer than Faux Newz.

Thanks for such a good “read.”

Cynthia Bay