[Sayma-Discuss] Our news media options

licciardelloj at bellsouth.net licciardelloj at bellsouth.net
Fri Jul 27 21:36:53 EDT 2007

In reference to a general e-mailing received from Free Polazzo - Free was quite unhappy with NPR.  
Despite it being "Public radio", Free wrote that NPR failed him as an unbiased news distribution service.  This resonated with me and reminded me of what  Mr. Chuck Fager had related at a teaching session at 2006 SAYMA Yearly Meeting.  My eyes were not opened,  but I was jarred a bit.

Since beginning to listen more intently to LinkTV, I am learning more, much more about our news media, its predilections, and the cleansing effects that come from listening to Link TV as well.

Unfortunately, to pick up the entire schedule of programs, one must subscribe to satellite
TV for Link TV. The channel is not carried anywhere on cable TV.

One might find a local station which carries the news program "Democracy Now!" with Amy Goodman as the newscaster.  I do enjoy the other programming provided.

Free has asked me to send out a general mailing, and this is my response to Mr. Polazzo.

Would it be worth a person switching to satellite as an individual?
Would it be a worthy alternative should a given monthly meeting elect to
foot the bill to subscribe to satellite TV (e.g. DirecTV)?  Are the costs excessive given the

to: Free Polazzo:
"Free, Vote with your feet.  NPR is what it is.  Even if you can't get satellite (DirecTV ) overnight, somehow or other watch LinkTV for a refreshing change.  These broadcasters are a true public TV devoid of all corporate sponsorship.  Only the Heritage Foundation, if you accept that as reasonably unbiased. Amy Goodman reading the news ("Democracy Now"). Mosaic news from mideast.  European News.  A real good mishmosh. The biased news programs from abroad are seen for what they are, and since they are on opposite sides of each other, the individual national biases seem to cancel out.  Many good features. Great international music.  Quite addicting.  All other TV seems juvenile. In the meantime, good luck to you.
In Peace


Original Message ----- 
From: Free Polazzo 
To: Atlanta Friends Meeting ; SAYMA Discusson List 
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 6:08 PM
Subject: [Sayma-Discuss] NPR reply to my letter about their broadcast news

Dear Friends,

Below is a message I sent to NPR via their website and their response to my concern that they seem to almost always use military people as spokespersons (men almost always) for how to achieve peace in the latest war zone. 

I want to encourage ALL of YOU to please take advantage of NPR's web site to send letters to them asking for more peace activists to be interviewed about how to achieve peace in the many wars we seem to be involved in. 

Go to http://www.npr.org/contact/  and select the button "NPR Program"  and there you are!   

Together we can make a joyful noise! 



  Re: War Coverage has too many former military people giving us &quotadvice&quot on how to make peace 
    "npr_response at npr.org"  

   Jul 20, 2007
  Dear Free,

  Thank you for contacting NPR's All Things Considered.

  We appreciate your thoughts regarding NPR's coverage of the war.

  Making decisions about covering the events that impact our everyday lives is never easy. We make every attempt to ensure that the segments and stories you hear on NPR programming, and the attention devoted to them, are valid and appropriate. 

  We welcome praise, as well as criticism, and your suggestion to consult peace activists will be taken into consideration.

  Thank you for listening to All Things Considered, and for your continued support of public broadcasting. For the latest news and information, visit NPR.org. 


  NPR Services

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  Date : 7/10/2007 6:34:14 PM
  Please Also interview peace advocates when you address war topics. NPR does a good job of finding war "experts" to tell us, for example "That we dont need benchmarks, we need acurate reporting so we can devise a realistic strategy". (tody at 6!5 PM) How about you call someone at the Amreican Friends Service Commiteee (AFSC) or Friends Committee on National Legistlation (FCNL) or Quaker House,  to find out what peace activits say about how to conduct our withdrawl from Iraq. I get so tired of hearing from former Admirals, Genearls, Colonols, Captains, etc. These people (men, moslty) only understand warfare. Let us hear from those who understand peace and how to get it. 
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