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Subtitles/picture descriptions

Connecticut
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I find the fairly recent addition of adding a voice description of the video during any brief silence in the audio of the program to be very distracting, confusing, and annoying. I question how much value this adds to a visually impaired person. I find it so distracting that I find myself turning off any program utilizing this, even if I have an overwhelming Interest in the subject matter. Please review its usefulness and consider repealing this practice. Thank you, Richard Hanusch

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Cable provider Comcast in Western Massachusetts is charging customers to view reruns of the PBS program NOVA

Massachusetts
Feedback:

The cable provider Comcast in Western Massachusetts is charging customers between $3 and $14 per episode to watch the Public Television Program called NOVA reruns. I always thought that Public Television shows like NOVA was supposed to be free to view. Thanks for your time! Donald

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Yamiche Alcindor

Oregon
Feedback:

Please stop her from fumbling through another broadcast. I commend her for being an intelligent educated woman. However, she has a difficult on screen delivery. I tense up at her message delivery as it is stumbles though sentences and imparts information with breathless speed. I do not mean any harm to her but some of us have gifts. Hers may be in other areas.

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Broadcast Schedule

March 10, 2020
Feedback:

Your on-air TV broadcast signal shows no information when you go to the contact line in the guide. There is no information for what channel is playing what on your lineup for the regular, on-air TV broadcast. 

 

 

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using taxpayer money

Illinois
Feedback:

do the patriotic thing and give the money to those that need it.

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting us with your concern about funding for CPB and the public media organizations it supports. We are grateful for the strong bipartisan support that public media receives from Congress, especially during these challenging times. The $75 million in emergency funds will quickly help public media -- especially our small and rural stations -- preserve their ability to provide essential information, including public safety alerts, and educational programming and services to the American people. Without the financial support from Congress and continued financial support from the public, many public broadcasting stations and the service they provide will be significantly at risk. Small and rural public media stations often serve as a vital resource during times of emergency, often operating as one of the only, and in some cases the single, source for news and information to unversed and underserved Americans. Further, with over 90 percent of Americans being told to stay at home, public media's services are a lifeline in every state to community resources, health and safety information, and the increased education needs of our nation's children whose schools are closed. Currently, Public media stations provide local reporting on how this pandemic affects local communities, relaying and rebroadcasting information from public health and emergency management officials and delivering innovative educational services to our nation's at-home students. We look forward to working with Congress in raising awareness of how the investment in public broadcasting pays vast dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

news hour 3/13/20

Colorado
Feedback:

Tell Mark Shields the selection of Biden as the nominee is a complete conspiracy by the establishment corporate Dems. Barack Obama is the person who got Buttigieg and Klobuchar to stop their campaigns and support Biden. Bernie isn't a socialist, he's an FDR Democrat. 70% of the American public supports Medicare 4 All. Why should the health insurance industry make huge profits off of someone's misfortune? If you think the insurance industry is going to compete to lower costs, I will tell you they are too busy taking care of their share holders. Take it from a retired critical care RN. 56% of the American public support the GND. I suppose you support the creep-in-thief's bailing out the fossil fuel industry leaving the people in an immense financial mess. I will NEVER vote for another corporate politician as long as I live! That includes Biden, Frackenlooper, Michael Bennet and Diana DeGette. It is time to get the obscene amount of money out of politics. Give the power back to the people instead of the corporations. We don't live in a Democracy we live in a fascist plutocracy / oligarchy and the damned media is a good portion of the problem!!!

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Honorable Charitable Action

California
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I believe the CPB could create more good will and set an excellent example for other large arts & publicly funded organizations by contributing the $75 million coming to you from the stimulus bill toward hospitals, supplies and medications related to the care for and curing the sick of the current corona virus here in the U.S.

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting us with your concern about funding for CPB and the public media organizations it supports. We are grateful for the strong bipartisan support that public media receives from Congress, especially during these challenging times. The $75 million in emergency funds will quickly help public media -- especially our small and rural stations -- preserve their ability to provide essential information, including public safety alerts, and educational programming and services to the American people. Without the financial support from Congress and continued financial support from the public, many public broadcasting stations and the service they provide will be significantly at risk. Small and rural public media stations often serve as a vital resource during times of emergency, often operating as one of the only, and in some cases the single, source for news and information to unversed and underserved Americans. Further, with over 90 percent of Americans being told to stay at home, public media's services are a lifeline in every state to community resources, health and safety information, and the increased education needs of our nation's children whose schools are closed. Currently, Public media stations provide local reporting on how this pandemic affects local communities, relaying and rebroadcasting information from public health and emergency management officials and delivering innovative educational services to our nation's at-home students. We look forward to working with Congress in raising awareness of how the investment in public broadcasting pays vast dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

pbs newshour

Feedback:

Distressing how rapidly this show has descended from objective reporting to editorial non-sense.

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Fiscal 2020 450 Million, Corona "Stimulis" 75 million

Colorado
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Over a half billion dollars, yes Virginia, that's with a "b." The amount the US taxpayer will subsidize CPB to demean, criticize, and discredit the Trump Administration and its supporters. Have you no shame? To add insult to injury, one of your Seattle NPR stations, will no longer broadcast the much needed and demanded, daily Corona updates from the White House. How ironic, one of the nation's plague -ridden hotspots, and the half-wits in charge will deny valuable and timely information to its paying members! How many more NPR stations will accept tax dollars while ignoring the vast majority of U.S. taxpayers?

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting us with your concern about funding for CPB and the public media organizations it supports. We are grateful for the strong bipartisan support that public media receives from Congress, especially during these challenging times. The $75 million in emergency funds will quickly help public media -- especially our small and rural stations -- preserve their ability to provide essential information, including public safety alerts, and educational programming and services to the American people. Without the financial support from Congress and continued financial support from the public, many public broadcasting stations and the service they provide will be significantly at risk. Small and rural public media stations often serve as a vital resource during times of emergency, often operating as one of the only, and in some cases the single, source for news and information to unversed and underserved Americans. Further, with over 90 percent of Americans being told to stay at home, public media's services are a lifeline in every state to community resources, health and safety information, and the increased education needs of our nation's children whose schools are closed. Currently, Public media stations provide local reporting on how this pandemic affects local communities, relaying and rebroadcasting information from public health and emergency management officials and delivering innovative educational services to our nation's at-home students. We look forward to working with Congress in raising awareness of how the investment in public broadcasting pays vast dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

PBS Newshour

Wisconsin
Feedback:

Friday, March 20

Just to be clear, I've had no symptoms of any illness. However, I'm just listening to the Newshour. And when Mr. Trump said "we inherited a terrible system"

I suddenly felt like throwing up.

I wisely responded by hitting the "mute" button until the source of my nausea was finished lying to the people, and my symptoms quickly improved.

Genevieve Beenen in Sheboygan Wisconsin

America’s Heartland

Washington
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Makes me sick! Watching AH program today airing a Colorado elk/bison commercial ranch for profit. Theses animals are not intended for commercial farming. They’re for wild environment ! Remember, it was commercial farming in Canada that started “Chronic Wasting Disease” by pure negligence maybe not intentional. But the risk is very high and therefore should not be allowed! CWD has now spread throughout about half of all states in the wild animal populations especially deer and elk with devastating effects. There’s no mention of in the AH programming. You might look further into “wolf” reintroduction and see the devastating results it’s having on the wild population in the lower 48 states. You’re condoning pure ignorance by man instead of eductucating the mass. I am not an “anti@ to any extreme measure but rather a concerned hunter and fisher and a pure naturalist raised in the way of respecting Mother Nature and what it has to offer. I suggest you do much research and allow time for both positive and negative sides of every subject aired. Put mores emphasis on saving the planet and mankind before we destroy ourselves. God help us . LOL.

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News Hour

Oregon
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Mark Shields is supposed to be the "liberal commentator" but he is so nice to the evil monster Trump. We need a commentator who will rip that rotten bastard to shreds not some mealy mouth sorry ass old encrusted "liberal" like Mark Shields

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Yamiche Alcindor

Arizona
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The quality of the reporters appearing on the Newshour is outstanding, with one exception. Yamiche Alcindor speaks so fast that her entire report is seemingly one very long sentence. Also, although I am no fan of this president, I object to her manner and tone when she asks the president questions. Frequently she interrupts and speaks over him while he is trying to answer. I find that rude and unprofessional.

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News Hour

Iowa
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I have on going questions you haven't answered and should continue to answer throughout. How long must we wait for enough test kits to be made? How many testing stations are available and where? How many test are made per day? How many positive? How many are quarantined and where?

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News

Pennsylvania
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Why don’t you get some real reporters. No wonder nobody watches. Federal funds should be removed.

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Yamiche Alcindor

Massachusetts
Feedback:

Much as I like the reporting of Yamiche Alcindor at PBS NEWSHOUR, she does the wrong thing when it comes to questioning tRUMP. Yamiche must: 1. Ask a very simple question, 2. Ask a very short question, and 3. Never ask a compound-SUBJECT question.

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Question for Patricia Harrison, President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

North Carolina
Feedback:

The CPB received $75 million as part of the Corona Virus "stimulus" bill.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/26/822215614/emergency-relief-package-provides-for-tens-of-millions-in-funds-to-help-the-arts

In view of the fact that the CPB is not impoverished, and the fact that there are starving Americans who ACTUALLY do need the money, does the CPB intend to return the $75 million to the American taxpayers as a gesture of good will?

Sincerely, Gary Roughton

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting us with your concern about funding for CPB and the public media organizations it supports. We are grateful for the strong bipartisan support that public media receives from Congress, especially during these challenging times. The $75 million in emergency funds will quickly help public media -- especially our small and rural stations -- preserve their ability to provide essential information, including public safety alerts, and educational programming and services to the American people. Without the financial support from Congress and continued financial support from the public, many public broadcasting stations and the service they provide will be significantly at risk. Small and rural public media stations often serve as a vital resource during times of emergency, often operating as one of the only, and in some cases the single, source for news and information to unversed and underserved Americans. Further, with over 90 percent of Americans being told to stay at home, public media's services are a lifeline in every state to community resources, health and safety information, and the increased education needs of our nation's children whose schools are closed. Currently, Public media stations provide local reporting on how this pandemic affects local communities, relaying and rebroadcasting information from public health and emergency management officials and delivering innovative educational services to our nation's at-home students. We look forward to working with Congress in raising awareness of how the investment in public broadcasting pays vast dividends in education, public safety and civic leadership to millions of Americans and their families.

Judy Woodward and Yamiche bias!

Vermont
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Time to fire Judy W. and Yamiche! They have a sickening bias. The News Hour certainly has degraded since previous times. The bias illustrated is equal to CBS,ABC and NBC. PBS is funded by the public and I would expect neutral reporting. I often change channels during Yamiche's reporting. She is a lousy presenter and much too bias.

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PBS News Hour

California
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Love the News Hour. All the correspondents are great; I just wish Yamiche Alcindor could talk a bit more slowly.

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ANNUAL Public Feedback Report

Louisiana
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As stated above this form: CPB produces an annual Public Feedback Report for the White House and Congress.

Instead of an "annual" report, I kindly request that you provide a "weekly" or "monthly" Public Feedback Report for the White House and Congress, so that our Legislators will be CURRENT on the opinions expressed by so many of their constituents on this platform. As I read through the dozens of letters here, I have come to the conclusion that MOST PBS NewsHour viewers who send feedback are complaining of the obvious BIAS (in political views) expressed by Judy Woodruff, Mark Shields and David Brooks when these journalists should be reporting on U.S. politics and interviewing guests in an "unbiased" manner. Judy Woodruff, Mark Shields and David Brooks are obviously not supporters of President Trump and his current administration and ,more often than not, let their personal feelings set the tone of the program, leading to PBS NewsHour being more of an editorial program than a news program.

Note from CPB: Thank you for contacting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Although CPB does not produce or distribute programming, we welcome all comments about public media’s content and services. Each local public broadcasting station makes its own programming choices, as CPB is prohibited from interfering with editorial decisions related to programming on local public television and radio stations. Your editorial comments will have more weight if you contact PBS or your local station.