I'm sitting here listening to KBOO, trying to call a radio show for the first time in my life. The line is busy. I'm very upset. Maybe not so articulate at the moment.
Theresa Mitchell's show re NPR two weeks ago was great. Though that kind of opinion broadcast is rare. I've heard OPB called KBOO's "sister station" on a KBOO show several times; which is something I'm sure wouldn't be reciprocated on opb. In fact, I think we'd be pressed to even hear the existence of KBOO acknowledged on opb.
OPB is incredibly dangerous. Yes, it's true they do have some interesting programming, but the damage done is in their general informational tone. What they leave out, and what they assume for the listeners to be the only "true information" they do this very casually, which sets up a tone of validity without assumption of opposing fact.
Their invasion coverage is a perfect example, which consistently assumed WMD and Iraqi freedom to be the actual reason for the slaughter, they also focused on military and political logistics as opposed to the civilian effects [except for a few references, which I believe is another tactic; to make a very small provision to alternative information, but not to mention it consistently so it gets buried, while also allowing them to say they do provide an alternate opinion].
Another example was the presidential selection where they also assumed for the listeners a valid election took place. I know it's over the edge, but I fault them for using the term President Bush, or even the new term they seem to be using; Mr bush, which also lends an untouchable validity, but it is a problem.
Some time in october of 2001 I called their station to voice my opinion of the constant coverage of the war on terrorism and how they have a one sided and racist slant to this coverage, the response I got was that they ran a show on islamic religion that same week. As if the one show on religion offset the damage. Even this response, while not being their intent, indicated they draw a parallel between islam and terrorism.
I hear Barbara Bernstien now talking about how the forbes [?] program blasting bush on opb as an example of their validity, while if you turn on opb at just about any time of day you'll hear some sort of 911 reference, or positive statement re bush and war.
Case in point, I turned on the tv a few days ago to one of the homogenous talking head shows on opb, they were issuing an "analysis" of the bush show with him riding passenger in a jet to land on an aircraft carrier. All opinion positive, no mention of the fact he was awol for 1 year of his natl guard career, that he skated vietnam by getting into the texas air guard. Certainly nothing about the fact he basically announced the plan to continue to invade other countries.
I've never heard anything on the patriot act 1 or 2 on opb, other than it mentioned as a given installment, I've never heard the 911 / bush connection indicated, or anything really beyond mainstream politic and general interest shows.
Personally, I don't think it would be such a bad thing for opb to loose their ability to disseminate, I sense that would have a huge impact on the size of the KBOO listening audience. OPB is a destructive force, they should be dissolved.
Maybe someone can have a show giving the other side of the opb debate, as opposed to announcers just assuming a positive link with OPB, and failing to mention the incredible damage the propaganda pump does to shape otherwise curious listeners.
I'd like to initiate a campaign to give your OPB membership money to KBOO [I am not a member of the board or in any way connected to the station other than as a member] KBOO has certainly stepped up to fill in the gaping hole left by oregon propaganda broadcasting.