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PBS NewsHour

January 19, 2019
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I just listened to Yamiche Alcindor on your NewsHour, and I have to tell you, she is an embarrassment. She does not come off. You’ve got to get somebody else; it’s destroying your credibility. And by the way, I am a supporter of you guys.

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PBS NewsHour

January 11, 2019 from Massachusetts
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Hi …, 555-555-5555, calling from the Boston, Massachusetts area, watching PBS NewsHour, enjoy the programming, talking about the Trump, the border wall, the government shutdown. If we could also add into our reporting, just to make it fair and balanced, every government shutdown has been precipitated by someone wanting something. One side holds up another person’s bill or legislation, and if the congressmen want to talk about temper tantrums, look all the way back to Jimmy Carter when the Congress held up, or shut the government down for eleven days for higher wages and leveraging some things with abortion rights. We had another shutdown for Obamacare. It’s the nature of politics; it’s just how politics happens. You put a bill on the floor, we hold it up until you can add some appropriations for us, and if you can add this or that for us into your package, we’ll vote for it, if not, we’re going to hold up your bill, your legislation. It’s the way politics are done; everybody leverages the other person to get what they want, and Trump isn’t the first person to do a shutdown, let’s be fair about how we color this, and what the effects are. I’d like to see that more of that on both sides of PBS. We’ll leave it at that, and I appreciate you letting me leave a comment. Thank you.

Climate Change

January 2, 2019
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I just watched part of your Antarctica series on global warming and climate change, and you have no data, nothing. It’s just a farce, come on. If I ever heard of fake news, or BS, you guys make up BS and think people are going to believe it. Wake up.

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Donations

December 31, 2018
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I’m calling because I want to donate this evening before the end of the night; I know it’s late, but still I want to donate. And, in doing so, I’ve had difficulty because I’ve filled everything out, and the last page, just before the donation, I have everything in there, and a highlight comes up: “Payment information required,” which I’ve put on there, my card number: “Unknown card type.” And I made sure it said credit debit card. Now why won’t that go through? I keep saying complete your donation, and it says, “Oops, some information is missing.” Well, “Payment information required,” I don’t know what they want. And “Unknown card type,” well, I pressed Visa. I want to get this done tonight. If somebody is there, and probably not, or if somebody is there, I’d like a callback. Thank you. My number is 555-555-5555, and I was a donator last year as well, I don’t know when that expires. Okay, see if you can help me out. Bye-bye.

NewsHour

Virginia
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Am I the only one who notices a news bias since the passing of Gwen Ifill? Amna Nawaz & Yamiche Alcindor, primarily, always profusely backed up by Judy Woodruff. A distinctly open-borders (Nawaz) continually depicts illegal immigrants as victims, not job-seekers, and demonizes Border employees as inhuman jailers. Yamiche Alcindor, at a WH press conference, asked the president why he hosted a white nationalist at the WH (based on her Twitter feed from that man who visited the WH in a group many weeks prior), implying the president was a racist. Yamiche editorializes when commenting about the WH as though we need her to explain attitude. I am a Democrat. I don't want the NewsHour to be converted into MSNBC. I tend to not watch NewsHour anymore, after 35+ years. (You have no email for comments?)

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Local Stations

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Hi this is … in Los Angeles. 555-555-5555. A couple of comments about your comments line, such. The public broadcasting stations are becoming more like Pacifica Foundations, which has KPFK, and so forth. They’re always selling merchandise. They’re as much a merchandising operation as they are a broadcast operation. It’s not good. And the public broadcasting stations in Los Angeles have not lived up to the promises that they made when they were organized 40-50 years ago. KCET, they answer Community Educational Television, has failed to do that. Also, it has, around fundraising time, endless doctors telling you how to live better, longer, healthier, all of that: diet, exercise, psychology, all kinds of stuff. It’s really embarrassing. The whole concept of giving grants to these people seems questionable to me when they’re not really serving the public interest the way they could. Admittedly, they’re better than commercial television, but not what they could be. They just have not lived up to the standards that we expect. We have a problem in this country with the educational system, and public broadcasting stations could ameliorate that problem, but they don’t. A great many of their programs are nothing but high-class soap operas. Anyway, if someone wants to talk to me more, that’s okay, I’d love to hear from you, if you’ve got other things to do, that’s okay too. I appreciate the work you’re doing, your intentions are great. I think sometimes you fall short, maybe it’s because you don’t have any other alternatives. Anyway, enough from me, goodbye, thanks again.

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NPR, March 9, 2019, Scott Simons, host

Maine
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Hello, I am writing in regards to Scott Simon's discussion with Susan Davis. The title of the article is "Democrats Face Internal Tensions".

Mr. Simon's words were: "While there is a lot in the Green New Deal that they can make fun of or make issues of when there was talks about getting rid of air travel or things like that...". There is an obvious bias here and because of his position, his voice is influential at a time when our environment is in crisis. This has bothered me strongly enough that I have written to President Trump to suggest that federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting should be discontinued.

I strongly request that this statement be revisited and corrected publicly.

Sincerely, Debra Yates, Brunswick Maine

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Confusion on Ombudsman page

District Of Columbia
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You have a confusing page about the ombudsman, https://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/about

You have a photo of Jan Schaffer but no caption (who IS this lady?), and a link to "Ms. Schaffer's bio," but nothing about her full name. These omissions could be fixed simply by changing the headline to "About CPB's ombudsman, Jan Schaffer."

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casting question

Colorado
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Hi! I LOVE all the CPB's kids programs, and wonder how people go about getting connected to your shows as characters, voices, and readers. I live in Colorado Springs, CO.

Thanks for your help, and all the great programs!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Rebecca Potter

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PBS Newshour

Connecticut
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Hi. I love the newshour and your excellent hosts. I have a simple request: would you be able to have Yamiche Alsindor (sp?) slow down her speaking and attempt to enunciate more. She's very good and smart but I miss some of what she says, and I don't wear hearing aids! This is not to be negatively critical as I think she has a very excellent future in commentary on television and I value what she has to say. (Please do not post this online. This is for PBS personal interoffice use only.)

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News Programing

Georgia
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I have enjoyed your Sunday evening shows like Call the Midwife, Victoria, and Downtonn Abbey for years.Unfortunately, whenever I try to watch ANY of your NEWs Programing, I never make it past a minute before I must turn the channel due to your obvious liberal bias and always ant- Trump. A 10 year old child could see it ,if watching. Have you no journalistic standards anymore? I guess not. April Reed Atlanta, Ga

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Request for Donations!

New York
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First, Why is it?? that Newman's Own, or The Syms Foundation or others ever talk about Supporting Diversity?!? nor more importantly offering a Matching challenge of at least $ 1,000,000.00 all year long!! they can afford it! but More Importantly how does your board of directors expect viewers to want to contribute? when our voices and unique perspectives are TOTALLY IGNORED!! and Dismissed?!? for example,

MEDIA DIVERSITY 2019

My Grandmother Always said, “ Everyone wants the Truth!! But is afraid to actually hear what is being told to them! and then analyses what they were told without getting side tracked by the words they were utilizing to express their thoughts! You can give a person powerful knowledge! But you can’t make them actually think!!! Some people are lazy and want to remain fools!! Only because the Truth requires a real effort to choose to change ….. “ So, is it just me?!? or do other independent-Thinking individuals also believe that ‘Power Truly corrupts’!! and the major decision makers in the media, in this day and age! are still behaving like a spoiled, intolerant, racists, Two-year old troglodyte, as they still willfully discriminate against the Over 200 known Superhero’s of color! When green-lighting movies, TV shows/series, actresses/actors, writers, directors, and/or producers! Who support the full inclusion of equal diversity in both Primary/Lead human characters, and Secondary/Side-kick cast members! Where at least both of these groups have 50% human people of color! Instead of this hostile, implicit-biased, absolute, reliance by these white major decision makers, or unimaginative white writers, directors, and producers, that easily green-light productions for the overwhelmingly abundant and totally Generic screen plays/scripts, of generally new and unknown white actor! That in reality could have equally been played by a just as qualified and talented minority and a person of color; in shows like FAM; FBI; Quantico; Blue Bloods; Chicago PD; Taken; Madam Secretary; The Division; Private Eyes; The Resident; etc., just to name a few Generic shows. So where are our unique voices and perspectives .

So Why do they always need to be blue-eyed and blond?!? or for example, with the PBS News Hour, Why do all the so-called ‘Experts’ on any subject need to be White-looking?!? Where are the Equally relevant voices and perspectives of Respected Journalists like, Mrs. Audie Corins, or Mrs. Zerlina Maxwell, to expand the daily PBS News Hour panel to TRULY Include Mrs. Judy Woodworth, Truly Sharing the spotlight!! with an African American, a Dark-skinned Hispanic, an Asian, and someone from the Muslim community!! to offer their Equally Qualified unique Life-experiences Perspective!!! on the News of the Day !! or on the Regular weekly PBS News Hour Political-panel of an African American, a Dark-skinned Hispanic, an Asian, someone from the Muslim community, and a White individual !! to dissect the current Political news and how it Daily AFFECTS our Diverse communities!!!

Why do the major decision makers, always need to be so disrespectful and rely on the ancient and truly outdated 7 to one formula of casting with one bleached token character of color! and basically whitewashing actors to be so white-looking!! In our reality of financially successful Diverse projects such as Black Panther, and Crazy Rich Asians?!? Why does there still need to be this weak-minded, mentally-challenged, behavior of a totally insecure white monopoly?!? Why is it so important for white decision makers to continue to perpetrate the fraud that a white character needs to be the ‘Protector character’; or the ‘Smart/Genius character’; or the ‘white male with the black woman character’; and the many other false stereotypes that they continue to be utilized in movies and TV Shows/Series?!? Please DON’T EVER Get me WRONG!! I have No problem with White people!! My Dissatisfaction is with the TV Networks and Movie studios!! Who keep perpetrating so many stereotype’s! and blatantly continue to ‘White-wash’ characters!! That are Not White-looking . That is what I was trying to express! Since its been well over Forty years!! That all we see are White characters in all these GENERIC stories and sitcoms . Where is all their So-called progressive Inclusive Diversity?!? Its 2019 for God’s sake! Or again, Am I the only person with a pulse?!? To notice. Why can’t these white decision makers just put-on their big girl panties and deal with the True Diversity of our Great nation . I’m sorry! I thought these major decision makers wanted to make a lot of money with high quality scripts staring people of color?? Besides, intelligent, independent-thinking individuals! Would really like to know why they are so hostile .

Where are the known human superhero’s and other human characters who actually look like us?!? Like the 100 known Authentic Carmel-complexioned Hispanic American Superhero’s like; Jessica Cruz and Kyle Rayner Green Lanterns; Living Lightning; Black Tarantula; Spider-Girl; Mike Morales; Firebird; Aquagirl; Hawkgirl; etc., or the 49 known Authentic Carmel-complexioned Asian American Superhero’s like; Jade; Dr. Light; Katana; Lady Shiva; Cassandra Cain; Jubilee; Mantis; Grace Choi etc., or the other 100 plus, known Authentic Black Superhero’s like Kid Quantum; Cyborg; John Steward Green Lantern; Ryder; Frenzy; Trent; Twilight; War Machine; Luke Cage; Deathlok; Patriot; Misty Knight; Blue Marvel; Vixen; Lightning; None of which are seriously being supported, considered, or seemingly being sought after by the majority of intolerant and hostile implicit-biased, unimaginative, myopic white decision makers, producers, writers, directors, who hold the positions responsible for greenlighting and actually producing High Quality works with people of color who actually look like us!!

Its hilarious how in 2019 the major decision makers at Walt Disney Studios; 2900 Alameda Ave; Burbank, California 91505; Mr. Alan F. Horn, President and CEO; or DC Entertainment HQ; NYC headquarters 1700 Broadway; New York, New York 10019; Phone, (212) 636-5400; or Marvel Entertainment, LLC; 135 W. 50th Street; New York, NY 10020; or the many other movie studios and TV Networks, that have come out with advertisements espousing their Greater desire to acknowledge a more inclusive mind-set!! Yet in such a hypercritical behavior!!! of exemplifications in Their new schedules of new shows and movies, which are still exclusively white!!! and absolutely lack any real and tangible inclusive diversity within their primary and secondary cast members!! for Black Americans, Carmel-complexioned Hispanic Americans, or Carmel-complexioned Asian Americans!! That they so steadfastly espouse!!! Wonder how many letters and E-mails they would get? If like-minded individuals took the time to also ask! Why we don’t see ourselves in any movies, tv series/shows, or reflect our unique perspectives?!? So is it just me? Who wants full inclusion and Fair Equality of Diversity in all the media for my family, and Future Generations of fellow citizens . I'm just saying, I wish the PBS News Hour was Three hours each day!! its the Most Trusted!! for REAL News!! even though they still Fail to IMMEDIATELY Correct anyone who Misstates or Flat-out LIES!! during the newscast .

Brooks and Shields

California
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Brooks is grand but Shields needs to retire. There must be some younger journalist, male or female, to effectively share the Friday time slot with Brooks. (I have no préjudice against older people. I am an older person myself.) I have long found Shields uninteresting, unconvincing, and boring. Please Explain why Mark Shields continues on this PBS program. Elizabeth

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roots

New Jersey
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No idea what has happened to PBS and your programming. Shows are cheaper looking and nothing more than reality shows. Regarding finding your roots... Why would I care about famous people relatives? To me, they receive another undeserved perk for doing NOTHING except being famous. One last question, how many productions are being done to show the war crimes and apartheid being practiced by Israel? Terri Gross, are you listening? I'm disgusted and my contributions are over.

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FINDING YOUR ROOTS

New York
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EXCELLENT SHOW...LOVE IT! HENRY LOUIS GATES IS WONDERFUL. WISH I WERE IN SHOW BUSINESS TO HAVE MY ANCESTORS RESEARCHED! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON THE SHOW!

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Elham Omar program

Virginia
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you really dissapointed me and your integrity in your two reports aired on elham omar the congresswomen from minnesota. i de mand National Public Radio that we want full, accurate news reports, not slanted, prejudicial programs.

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Your biased "reporting"

Ohio
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I find your obvious liberal bias absolutely repulsive. Why can't you just report the facts and let the people who pay for public broadcasting make up their own mind. Amanapour, Frontline, in fact all of your "news" reports make me want to barf! I will never send funds and will discourage anyone I speak with from sending funds. The sooner this disgrace is off the air the better.

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NOVA

Louisiana
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Evolution can be disproved. Please research the truth of life being created by our Creator. Genes are programmed which requires a intelligent Programmer! There are many sources to prove creation. An example of programming is the “master eye gene”.

About Your Shows

Oregon
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Dear The Corporation For The Public Broadcasting,

I like your shows and your web sites. Hope you're doing well.

Sincerely, Harrison

Lost faith in CPB

Hawaii
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I am a middle to left leaning professor of social science. In former years I enjoyed and supported public broadcasting, tuning to it almost exclusively wherever I was.

Those days are now over.

While I would like to enjoy mature, thoughtful broadcast journalism that is free from commercial control, the heavy-handed material being produced by today's CPB has become unendurable.

Even the most cursory sampling of current CPB broadcasting unmistakably demonstrates an unrelenting, ideologically-driven campaign of anti-religious, anti-rightwing sociopolitical diatribe bathed alternately in contrived outrage, strategic suspicion, character defamation and arrogant "good ol' boy" self-congratulation.

Such deeply biased "journalism" not only is offensive to reason, it's destructive to our social fabric, distortive to today's much needed social dialog and frankly, embarrassing to those of us who have in former times espoused support for public broadcasting as a balancing social agent.

With fond memories of past times together, I must wish you well and bid CPB adieu, -aa

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