Everyday I watch several programs on OPB but I was wondering if someone could clarify some things about OPB for me? First of all, how can it still be called "public" when a large portion of their funding comes from corporate sponsors such as Kellogg's and ADM? Every thirty minutes at the top and the bottom of the hour they have at least 5 minutes and sometimes upwards of 10 minutes of, for lack of a better word, advertisements. These consist of local and national companies and interests and in my mind it's gotten to the point where it isn't much different than regular TV, just presented in a different format.
Also, how could one expect OPB to do an unbiased news show about say for instance GMO corn when they get this money from Kellogg's and ADM? It seems to me they want their cake and eat it too. Now they have "begathons" that go on for days and days and it seems like the begging is going to become a permanent part of the programming so I'm thinking that they need to make a decision and choose to be only listener sponsored or corporate sponsored. Otherwise, they can't have it both ways and produce subjective shows that have any basis in truth. BTW, I had previously donated to OPB but after I started seeing all these ads I stopped because I already buy most of these products.