Liberate the Tribune

Posted by Mitchell - May 9, 2005 (entry 307)

Another symptom of the foot-in-mouth disease plaguing the Tribune: Today, the Tribune is calling for abolishing the public funding of PBS.

To be sure, there are plenty of problems with PBS, some stemming from the lack of a nonpartisan funding mechanism like they have in Britain, and endemic to the corrupt setup of broadcasting in the United States. CMA has pointed out plenty of structural problems at the local level. But the Tribune, as usual, is smoking ideological crack, thinking that markets can cure everything from cancer to bad breath.

Turnabout is fair play. Let's liberate the Tribune from the neoliberal fundamentalists and their medieval market dogma who consistently break the law, stupidly repress genuine viable alternatives, and side with perennial losers.

Update: Now this is weird. Articles echoing the Tribune's stance are popping up in the Los Angeles Times (which is owned by the Trib, so not that weird) and the Denver Post. Smacks of a coordinated PR campaign?

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