If you aren’t watching PBS, you should be


Often on a Friday night, or on a Saturday morning, I’ll sit in my chair after having just turned off the television and I wonder who I can call.  I am so worked up and amazed at what I just learned that I simply must talk to someone.

Where I live, Friday night is public affairs night on PBS.  Bill Moyers’ Journal, followed by NOW. 

This past Friday, Bill Moyers had, as his guests, Phil Donahue and Ellen Sprio who co-directed and co-produced a film called “Body of War”.  The show was basically a very long trailer for the film; the story of Thomas Young.  He is an Iraqi war veteran who signed up to join the military immediately after the tragedy of 9/11.  The movie is his story and the lies that not only led to the war, but to him being paralyzed.

Real journalism and story-telling doesn’t get any better than this.  Many of us won’t have this film playing in our local theater unless you live in a big city or happen to have a more artsy film community.  So please go to PBS.ORG and look up “Bill Moyers’ Journal” for March 22, 2008.  You can watch the show where Bill interviews Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro, shows many, many clips of the film, and then talks to them about the film and Thomas Young.

Isn’t it time we are willing to see and admit the truth behind the Iraq war.  You should never be afraid of the truth, you should be afraid of those hiding it, or denying it exists.

This is just one of many shows on PBS that all Americans should be watching.  Everything from Frontline to Independent Lens, NOW, Expose, and Bill Moyers’ Journal.  Years ago I would have turned my nose up at PBS, but to be honest, I get more real news from PBS, and news that I can trust, than from anywhere else.

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One thought on “If you aren’t watching PBS, you should be

  1. I agree with you 100 percent. Plus, I am reassured that I am not the only one who is not afraid to spend Friday night watching PBS. Please don’t forget Charlie Rose! Anyone who wants to know what a real journalist does should watch his interviews. Alas, I fear this particular gift that PBS and NPR possess, which requires us to think about our world and question our opinions, is precisely why so many people hate them. After all, the saying goes: “the hardest thing in the world to open is a closed mind.”

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