Skip to comments.CSPAN--Why Viewers Are Turning It Off
Posted on 10/05/2001 10:28:30 AM PDT by Pokey78
Remember when CSPAN was a program that offered view points heard no where else -- with callers around the country reflecting the views of middle America.
Those days are gone.
Now, 9 out 10 of CSPAN's media guests are establishment, anti-Republican liberals. And CSPAN's morning media discussions are nothing more than a rehash of what's "news" in the left-wing press.
Meanwhile, New York radio host Bob Grant has complained how CSPAN has gone "down hill" as liberal callers get preference to go on air.
You can tune into CSPAN any morning and discover how the callers are nothing more than a shill for the liberal establishment.
Take this morning's program on "Assessing the Media" hosted by CSPAN chief Brian Lamb.
The program was nothing more than a rant against Israel, U.S. policies and Pres. Bush.
One caller who did make it on was able to query Lamb. the caller wondered what was going on with CSPAN, and why so many CSPAN callers that make it on air are anti-Bush callers -- when polls show strong support Bush from 70 to 90 percent of the American public.
The real answer, of course, is that CSPAN puts more of those callers on -- and rejects calls that more adequately reflect the public's view.
But Lamb didn't say that.
When one caller called in to blame U.S. support for Israel, and our policies to go after Saddam Hussein, as the cause of the Sept. 11 disaster, Lamb took a moment to praise the caller for his "original" thinking on his question -- and other questions the caller had asked on previous shows. Apparently, he is a CSPAN regular -- the type that CSPAN likes.
Another caller, a Bahamian woman, wanted to talk about Israel's racism.
Still, another caller said they were a strong supporter of Israel but .... You got it, she went on to blame Israel for our woes.
When so many callers claim the are "pro-Israel" but then blame if for everything including the common cold, and when so-called "Republicans" say they voted for Pres. Bush and then go on to knock him, it has to make a reasonable person wonder.
When another "Independent" caller telephoned Lamb today to criticize Bush -- and then revealed she was a subscriber to the ultra-left Mother Jones magazine -- it didn't seem to faze Lamb.
Lamb agreed with her that the Washington Times was "conservative" but when she asked Lamb how he would label the Washington Post or the New York Times -- Lamb responded they didn't have a label, they were just simply "not conservative."
And that answer means that Brian Lamb is just not honest, or too frightened to call a liberal spade, a liberal spade. Who is he kidding?
Obviously not the many viewers turning off CSPAN.
I remember one time I called in, after he just read a piece about Clinton being on the air so much; I made a comment about how tired I was of hearing that voice; there was a split screen; the head of the Iowa Republican Party had a big smile, and Lamb was frowning . LOL!!
Ever since their change in "lines" their call-ins have been irrelevent, as they're rigged.
i agree that not a dime of taxpayer funding should go to any "public" radio or tv, and while you only imply it, c-span doesn't get a dime of taxpayer money
the cable-satellite public affairs network is completely privately funded by the industry
that said, they have gone totally into to the toilet since 1994 -- you could tell from the unscreened calls on their single line (since changed) what was going to happen in the '94 election -- it's become a parade of wimpy hosts taking vapid and tiresome calls, and hasn't been worth watching for many years
Its kind like those IDIOTIC "Town Hall" meetings that PMSNBC has every few nights. With 90% of the public supporting President Bush, these PMSNBC "Town Hall" meetings always comprise of 50% Arabs and 60% liberals. They anything but representative of the makeup of the American people.
IF this were a focus group or poll paid for by a marketing company or political candidate, they results would be tossed in the garbage because the results are faked.
So of course, these PMSNBC "town hall" meetings breakdown into PC feel good sensitivity sessions.
Well put. I used to watch them all the time while getting ready for work. I noticed that they were gravitating left after the 1994 Republican takeover of the Congress. 1996 election coverage was bad, but the leftward tilt became really noticeable during the 2000 campaign. I cannot bear to watch them any more.
I've written several complaints to Lamb, but I've never received an answer. I figure that either the leftward tilt is deliberate, or he just doesn't care. Susan and Connie are the most biased hosts, and the more I complained about them the higher they were promoted in the organization.
Agreed. Another indicator besides the vapid liberal shill callers is that tapes of conservative events get aired weeks after the fact during off-peak hours (if at all), while liberal events are, more often than not, broadcast live and repeated ad nauseum.
I only watch CSPAN now when I'm channel surfing and happen to see an interesting interview taking place.
Did you see that PMSNBC Townhall Meeting lastnight on the airline pilot gun carry issue? One of the panelists asked the rep from the pilot's union if he would "shoot through a flight attendent" to kill a hijacker, and from that point on the issue was framed by the host as "So do you think pilots should be allowed to shoot flight attendants?" ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!
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