Reasons Why It's Good To Leave The Henhouse Unlocked, By The Wolf
If you saw, either recently or some time ago, a documentary on PBS purporting to explain the economic history of the twentieth century, Commanding Heights,
you may have been as appalled as I was about its very obvious bias, but what can you expect from a documentary glorifying the Friedman/Hayek view of free trade funded partly--yes--by Enron. That is, back before everyone knew about
Enron. I could go on about this but someone else already has
so have a look at their review.
I will mention that I've been noticing a slow and genteel conservatism seeping in at PBS. Not just in this documentary--which makes people look evil and savage for decrying Friedman's advising Pinochet(and the documentary leaves the impression that the installation of Pinochet was no more than a change of an economic system; this is the documentary the Ned Beatty character in NETWORK would make, and it largely makes the same argument he did)--but in others resembling it like THE PRIZE and THE ROCKEFELLERS, both involving one Daniel Yergin(author of THE PRIZE and COMMANDING HEIGHTS, surprising given his colorless contributions to the documentary interviews) and both a total whitewash job on the Rockefellers. Maybe the groups with a vested interest in propagandizing capitalists, and making them saintly patriotic builders and engineers of all that is good and decent in America, are the only ones that will contribute to PBS these days.
If it's not that it's another Suze Orman or Deepak Chopra infomercial disguised as a seminar, not coincidentally scheduled during pledge breaks and a great chance for the likes of the scary-eyed Orman--who looks like Brigitte Neilsen as a Tupperware Lady--to unload her extra merchandise as "incentives."
I suppose the conservatives found the best way to kill it. Starve it, then feed it poison.