July 21, 2013 By Jack Jodell.
As those who have followed this blog for some time are well aware, I have justifiably berated our pathetic and childish mainstream media for many years. Their shallowness, repetitiveness, and propensity for featuring sensationalism and spectacle over fact and accuracy are indefensible. So is their corporatist right-of-center bias. So is the way they are literally flooding us with a record level of nonstop, misleading, and nauseating commercials. (I don’t know about you, but I am sick to death of being swamped with health insurance ads, Geico or Progressive home and auto insurance ads, lying BP ads, Viagra, Cialis, and “Super Beta Prostate” ads, Ford, Chevy, and Dodge Ram truck ads, deceittful bank ads, lying BP and other oil company ads, Budweiser and Coors beer ads, and constant and very annoying Nutri Systems weight reduction ads, ad nauseum)!
With utterly ridiculous offerings like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on – of all places – The Learning Channel (sorry, TLC, but this fat, stupid little girl and her equally stupid redneck family have absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with LEARNING); Swamp People or Ice Road Truckers on the once intelligent and vital, but now patently idiotic History Channel (sorry, network programmers, but these abominations contain very little, if any, useful historical fact and thus serve no useful purpose); Bizarre Foods and Man vs. Food Nation on The Travel Channel (whatever became of useful, informative programming dealing with specific countries or geographical regions around the world?) – it is a miracle Americans can think straight at all anymore! With perpetual dumbing – down like this, it is no wonder that corporatism has made such tremendous headway in recent years or that such an ignorant and destructive force as the Tea Party has come into being! American television has regretfully devolved from intelligent programming to an overabundance of White Trash ignorance and utter garbage. By continually pandering to the lowest common denominator, American television has successfully lowered itself into the realm of sheer idiocy. This devolution has forced me to search for suitable alternatives. First, I was enchanted by LINK TV, a fully non-commercial. entirely viewer-supported network based in San Francisco. It helped turn me on to fantastic shows like Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now and fabulous documentaries like The Corporation. It gave viewers access to important and relevant speakers on the left like Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, and Noam Chomsky as well as to learn about the late, great Howard Zinn. Now, an equally fully independent, non-commercial. and completely viewer-supported network has begun broadcasting in my area: Free Speech TV! (I thank S. W. Anderson of the brilliant blog Oh!pinion for originally drawing my attention to this network back at a time when I couldn’t get it here. I hope he returns to blogging again soon)!
This amazing network features a lot of great programming, like the Thom Hartmann Show, Democracy Now, The David Pakman Show, plus tremendously informative programs like Who Rules America (which examines our greedy Power Elite) and outstanding documentaries like Genetic Roulette, which gives reasons for the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among kids, plus The War You Don’t See, which shows he personal affects that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have had on the soldiers that fought them. as well as Plastic Planet, which demonstrates the global threat both to the environment and to human health this common, everyday substance now poses.
Readers, just like with LINK TV, this FREE SPEECH TV is commercial-free (what a relief!) and dis eservubg of our support and viewersjip. Because they both feature intelligent, factual ptogramming, they are a very soothing and refreshing alternative to their horrible corporatist “mainstream” media counterparts. You will be glad to see some faces and discussions here that you will NEVER see on corporate-owned television!As far as news goes, you won’t find yourself exposed to any Fox “News”- style far-right reactionary propaganda, nor will you encounter any sae, middle-of-the-road bland CNN swill, nor will you see any corporate Democratic fare like some of the MSNBC staff puts forth. Instead, you will be treated to some truly independent free-thinkers who provide much thought-provoking information. It will definitely be a breath of fresh air!
For your convenience, here are the channel numbers for both networks:
LINK TV can be found at DIRECTV ch. 375 and DISH Network ch. 9410
FREE SPEECH TV is on DIRECTV ch. 348, DISH ch. 9415, Burlington Telecom ch. 122, and Ashland Home Net ch. 96.
You can also view some of their stuff on Facebook or by going to YouTube. Should your carrier not be offering these channels, call them up and demand that they start doing so immediately! Leave the insanity of corporate-owned commercial TV and get a healthy dose of sanity in the commercial-free variety. Let’s make it Free Speech TV for you and me, shall we? ENJOY! 🙂