Sunday, March 25, 2012

The face of 'authority' on PBS

The 2008 convention coverage made clear that PBS feels only men can be invited on to offer opinions and judgments.

7 men

1 man

2 man

3 men

4 men

5 men

6 men


In real time, Ava and C.I. critiqued the coverage "TV: The endless non-news" and "TV: More sexism, more self-promotion." Will 2012 again find the 'experts' PBS offers the country to all be male? Will Ava and C.I. remain the only ones who called out that 2008 coverage?

We're not letting this issue go and when the convention coverage rolls around, we'll be paying attention to not only PBS's coverage but also who bothers to hold them accountable if they're again refusing to allow women to speak while allowing the boys to yammer away about them. From Ava and C.I.'s critique of the RNC coverage:

That point was driven home best on Thursday when the boys decided to again explore women. It was interesting to see so many speaking about women and notice that not one person speaking was, in fact, a woman. You had the three male 'historians' (will get back to them), you had Jim Lehrer, David Brooks and Mark Shields as 'analysts' and you had a man from PEW research plus Ray Suarez. Eight voices discussing women -- eight voices and all of the male. Don't count on the increasingly inept watchdogs to call it out. They didn't do a damn thing when women were sidelined by PBS in Denver and they're not going to do a damn thing now.
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