December 5, 2012 By Jack Jodell
So many of us complain about the state of American television today, and with good reason. After all, American mass media is almost totally owned and controlled by 6 huge corporations, and we all can see what that means: a steady and growing number of commercials each hour, and lots of horribly inferior, mind-dulling programming which does very little to raise the bar for the country’s social or political consciousness. For every C-Span or educational channel, there are literally hundreds of others on cable or satellite dealing with unneeded celebrity gossip, ridiculous “reality” shows, “he said-she said” political “debates” which go nowhere and are interrupted constantly by the need to go to yet another string of unending advertisements, or downright stupid sitcoms which appeal to the lowest common denominator. We all know it, and we are all guilty of merely channel surfing in disgust while doing very little to help solve the problem. But there is something each of us can do to help relieve ourselves of this unrelenting stream of less-than-desirable mass media programming. The solution is a mere phone call or internet search away. It is once again time for end of the year fundraising for the only non-corporate, totally viewer-supported television network we have today: LINK TV. This amazing network features news, international coverage, documentaries, and provocative discussions you will NEVER see on mainstream media TV channels. Lucky viewrs can find it either on DIRECTV channel 375, Dish Network channel 9410, and numerous other cable channels. It is the only source where you can consistently see great American journalists like Amy Goodman and Chris Hedges. It regularly features such profound thinkers as economist Richard D. Wolff, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, and even Noam Chomsky, to name but a few. It is the single best source for diverse world programming, like Al Jazeera English, the popular Danish political drama Borgen, and World Music videos unavailable elsewhere here in the U.S. But most of all, I value the great knowledge I have gained through watching its tremendous stockpile of informative documentaries and pieces of true investigative journalism, such as Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?, Koch Brothers Exposed, Inside Job, and The World According to Monsanto, among many, many other fine examples.
By going to LINK TV’s website at http://www.linktv.org/, you will see how incredibly valuable a resource this network really is. For example, where else on TV will you find Amy Goodman’s phenomenal Democracy Now!, or Explore: Detroit – the Renaissance of America, or Chris Hedges’ Days of Revolt, or Richard Wolff’s brilliant Democracy at Work – A Cure for Capitalism, or even Glenn Greenwald’s Our Civil Liberties At Risk? Only LINK TV provides all these treasures and even more. Since LINK TV is completely viewer supported and receives no corporate funding whatsoever, to stay alive – to continue broadcasting its speaking truth to power programming, it is vitally important that WE PROGRESSIVES contribute our monetary support to it! While funds are tight for many of us (especially at this time of year), it is crucially important that we at least do SOMETHING to keep this network on the air and enable it to keep bringing us its fabulously intelligent programming! Every $5 to $10 to $100 to $250 + contribution we can make will help tremendously! Many levels of contribution will also net you a valuable prize, ranging from LINK TV baseball caps to recorded speeches to program DVDs and more. If a big outlay at this moment isn’t good for you, consider making a small monthly pledge of $10, $25, or more. You can either donate directly on their website, call their toll-free number of 1-866-485-8848, or mail in your pledge to:
P.O. Box 2008
San Francisco, CA 94126
It is time for all of us to stop our bellyaching about the atrocious state of American commercial television and actually DO something to make it better! This isn’t mindless talk radio we are speaking of here, folks. This is BRAIN TV! NOW is the time to put our money where our mouths are, and contribute generously to the very worthy cause of LINK TV! I strongly urge you to join me in support of intelligent, truly newsworthy programming. This year, give to yourself (and the world) the unique fift of LINK TV! Thank you very much!