Allow me to respond to Mr. Flaxman's recent letter bemoaning the proposed legislation in Congress to delete funding for public broadcasting, and urging folks to contribute to WCQS and UNC-TV [“Don’t Let Public Media Go to Static,” March 23 Xpress].
I contribute to UNC-TV because the News Hour with Jim Lehrer is "fair and balanced," with all sides of an issue represented. Not so with National Public Radio. Not only [is the coverage selective], but those speaking on a particular issue also [demonstrate] a liberal bias.
What is truly bothersome are the so-called "comedy" shows whose hosts and guests continually make wisecracks of a deprecating nature about conservatives (both collectively and individually) and Republicans (collectively and individually), all the time giving a free pass to liberals and Democrats. As an unaffiliated voter with a conservative bent, I resent it, and find it in poor taste that tax dollars are being used to make fun of what often is my point of view. I refer specifically to Peter Sagal's Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me; Michael Feldman's Whad’Ya Know; and Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion.
Why should I be expected to contribute to a station broadcasting such programs? I complained to the general manager of WCQS about these programs, and his only reply was that he had no control over them, and that I should complain directly to the originating station. Not very supportive, I must say. However, if enough managers of local stations complain about the uneven nature of the "comedy" being broadcasted, I'll bet some changes would occur.
— Bob Youngerman