Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) reported last week that PBS is racist, and people should pay close attention to this newly exposed tactic that the left is brilliant at; using their own media allies to promote their projections onto society, thereby “starting the conversation” they want to see in the general public.
“Nearly 140 documentary filmmakers have signed onto a letter given to PBS executives, suggesting the service may provide an unfair level of support to white creators, facing a systemic failure to fulfill (its) mandate for a diversity of voices,” PBS reported about itself.
Doesn’t PBS control what they are doing, and who gets what airtime?
PBS is located in Washington, D.C. U.S. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is an American non-profit corporation created in 1967 and funded by the American taxpayer, as stated under their logo in use since 2000, to promote and help support public broadcasting.
PBS is funded by a combination of member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Datacast, pledge drives, and donations from both private foundations and individual citizens.
According to their taxpayer-funded organization, “Titled “A Letter to PBS From Viewers Like Us,” the missive references Ken Burns, arguably one of PBS’ biggest non-fiction stars and creator of popular projects like Baseball, Jazz, The Civil War and an upcoming six-hour program called Hemingway. Citing data from the filmmaker’s website, it says Burns has created about 211 hours of programming for PBS over 40 years, through an exclusive relationship with the service that will last until at least 2022.
Such an arrangement leaves less room for filmmakers of color, who may struggle to gain similar funding or promotional support. And while PBS has created an initiative to elevate newly emerging filmmakers of color, such initiatives can also create a false narrative that non-white artists are predominantly lacking in experience, the text adds.
“How many other ‘independent’ filmmakers have a decades-long exclusive relationship with a publicly-funded entity?” the text asks. “Public television supporting this level of uninvestigated privilege is troubling not just for us as filmmakers but as tax-paying Americans.”
Of course, PBS is racist now. Everyone who is “White” in America is horribly racist, which explains how all of the ethnic minorities got to America, grew rich and successful and now brave enough to fight the “racist White people”.
Some reaction online to the story included:
“To be fair…Ken is damn good at what he does..It would be nice though to see a breakdown of who gets what monies available at NPR. I believe in NPR and there is not another station that devotes so much air time and money to black history and education about black culture,” The Accidental Birdest wrote on Twitter.
“Ken Burns= legendary documentary filmmaker. Dunno deets but idea he is getting airtime + resources only cuz of skin color sounds suspect. NPR as a non progressive employer seems suspect Crazy how much we have struggled and continue to struggle w race,” Jayy Reid wrote.
DO YOU THINK THEY MIGHT DO IT ON PURPOSE TO PROVE THEIR OWN POINT?
“Maybe Ken Burns gets the most air time because his documentaries are the best?!,” Joe Miller wrote.
WHY WOULD IT TAKE A LETTER TO THEM, WHEN THEY CAN JUST CHANGE IT?
“The letter, sent to PBS President Paula Kerger and former ombudsman Michael Getler on Tuesday, was co-signed by several high-profile filmmakers — some of whom produce programs for PBS — including Oscar-nominated director Garrett Bradley (Time), Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Emmy winning editor and director Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI). (Note: Getler died in 2018, and PBS now has a public editor, Ricardo Sandoval-Palos.),” PBS reported.
Are you suspicious?
BREAD AND CIRCUSES FOR THE MASSES
Their article goes on: “PBS has released a statement with data pushing back on the letter’s assertions, saying 35 percent of the 200 hours of non-fiction programming planned for primetime this year was produced by diverse filmmakers. According to a spokesman, over the past five years, PBS has aired 58 hours of programming from Burns and 74 hours of projects by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African American scholar, director, executive producer and host of programs like The Black Church and Finding Your Roots.
Still, Kerger agrees that PBS should examine where its funding and resources are going to ensure that BIPOC filmmakers are being treated equitably.
“This is an important moment for all of us to really take a hard look at what we’re doing and make sure that we are pursuing all opportunities,” says PBS’ president, adding that she hopes to meet with the group and discuss their concerns. “What is it going to take … particularly for those mid-career filmmakers, so there is a solid place (for them) in public broadcasting?”
So they are going to out their own sponsors and put pressure on them to do better. Get it yet, America?
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776