I watched your report on Mr. Limbaugh and thought it was somewhat a fair report except for one thing. The representitive from BIAS, excuse me I mean FAIR. This group is far from fair or even accuracy. Having this person on severly damaged Frontline's credibility as an unbiased program. I am sorry to say that I am not going to be supporting PBS anymore after this, and am going to encourage my associates to do the same. Possibly a retraction of the segments that included the FAIR (ha ha) representitive may be acceptable. The public is very much aware of the fact that FAIR is a very leftist socialist group, and I believe you guys were well aware of this too.
Unfortunately, Frontline did not present Rush Limbaugh's philosophy on downsizing government. He connects with the average American who sees 5.4 trillion dollars spent over thirty years on programs that have made matters worse.
The December 22, 1995 Wall Street Journal reported that the US government receipts last month (November) totaled $90.01 billion and we spent $128.46 billion. If we continue to spend at this rate, the dollar, which already is down dramatically, will go the way of the Mexican Peso and we too will be facing 65% interest rates and a great depression. There is no country to bail us out!
I like Rush because he is for balancing the budget. The 73 freshman Republicans are standing firm to their election pledges.
I hope Frontline will do a program on what will happen if we do not balance the budget and there is a run on the dollar.
Thank you for the reasonably fair presentation of Rush. Your bias slipped and showed on a few occassions. My largest complaint is that you portrayed Rush's show as having no balancing or opposing viewpoint being presented as a counter to his arguments. That is patently wrong. You can't look at a morning, noon, or nighttime newscast without seeing the overwhelmingly liberal viewpoint presented to . . . no . . . crammed down the throat of the american people. Very few of the major newspapers are editorially aligned with anything other than the whitehouse press corp and the liberal voice . . . trying to tell us how to think . . . not reporting the news but walking in lockstep behind the liberal mantra. And PBS's "All Things Considered" is one of the most insulting pieces of patronage I have ever heard aired.
As he so eloquently states . . . Rush is the equal time to all the biased reporting across the nation. Actually you can't call it reporting when the lazy "reporter" just regurgitates what comes across some wire service or from some whitehouse release and they never question the "facts" or substantiate their story. Lazy reprehensible journalism that doesn't need a college degree . . . any high school freshman can do that well.
I would ask one small favor and I'm probably too late (you've probably already produced the show). Please be fair to Newt. He is being butchered . . . not because of his behavior or any thing illegal he has done. He is being butchered because he is dismantling the failed icons of liberalism and the only way the left can combat him is with an assasination of his character. And, if you contribute to that assasination or support it you are just as desparate and deceitful as the rest.
Thank you for this platform where I may exercise my first amendment right to freedom of expression and opinion.
Thank you for this most informative program, which -- I'm sorry to say -- will probably be viciously maligned on Limbaugh's show tomorrow. I just wish that the people most likely to be influenced by this rabble-rouser would also have been likely to see this show.
Frankly, I think you were too lenient on him, much more generous in spirit than he has ever shown himself to be towards anyone who doesn't exactly agree with him.
You did a very good job on this one and we look forward to your planned program on Newt. You deserve a medal on the balance over all.
Thank You for showing Rush Limbaugh to the nation in a light other than his. Education about the issues he chooses to distort will bring an end to this dangerous figure.
Nice hatchet job on Rush Limbaugh tonight. Your program had the same fatal flaw as others I have seen in a similar vein. You start with the premise that Limbaugh is a far-right radical and then choose the appropriate sound bites to prove your point. Wake up. Your greatest fear is true. Rush Limbaugh IS the mainstream. Until you understand (and accept) that, you're never going to be able to figure out his popularity.
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I watched Limbaugh's America last nite and was quite pleased with the unbiased production. Thank you for this work. At the beginning it said in a hurry that this show was orginally shown in I think April. This confused me some, although it appeared to be up to date.
Keep up the good work.
Just a note to let you know that I thought your piece on Rush Limbaugh on 12/26 was very good. I appreciate hearing stories on conservative people once in a while. I look forward to the piece on Gingerich in the future, and I hope that you will again be fair in your presentation.
Unfortnately, I only caught the last half of "Rush Limbaugh's America" this evening on Denver's KRMA, Channel 6. I do have a couple of comments on what I saw, however.
First, I fit squarely into the demographics described as a "Ditto Head". I'm white, upper middle class w/a college degree, and I work in a high tech job. I don't agree with all of Rush's opinions, but he articulates my beliefs far better than any broadcaster or journalist I've ever experienced. He expounds the virtures of hard work, fairness for all (no preferential treatments), and an emphasis on self reliance. He denounces socialistic government programs and oppression of personal freedoms. This viewpoint has been completely absent from the media and government for decades.
Second, the program frequently refered to "Rush's audience", "the Rush precinct", "right wing Republicans" or even (by the title) "Rush's America". I think the 1994 election should have proven that this seemingly splinter group of people _IS_ America. If you don't think so (which seemed to be the spin on "Rush Limbaugh's America"), maybe the 1996 election will convince you.
Third, I do appreciate the effort given into producing a program that is a dissenting view of Rush. I think dissention and controversy is the backbone of a representative form of government, and only helps sharpen and refine ones views. Incidentally, this is another viewpoint I share with Rush. I'm sure he'll have some commentary on your show in the next couple days.
Last, I am a recent member of the PBS network. In December, I pledged $40 for a membership with Denver's KBDI Channel 12, which carries the Rush Limbaugh TV show. You might take a guess at my reason for joining.
Ft. Collins, CO