Dis-Cover-Up Channel

David Kurtz of TPM:

The Discovery Channel has co-produced with the BBC a new David Attenborough-hosted 7-part nature series on the earth’s polar regions called Frozen Planet. It’s already begun airing on BBC. It’s set to air on the Discovery Channel in the near future.

But apparently Discovery has decided to air only the first six episodes, skipping the seventh and final installment, “On Thin Ice,” which is all about the effect of climate change on the poles. Discovery is taking a pass because of a “scheduling issue,” according to a British paper.

Give me a fuckin’ break, network flacks. Who’s your sponsor… Chevron? Exxon-Mobil? Y’know, we’re not stupid, and if you treat us as stupid, we may just change the channel… it’s not as if there’s any shortage of channels these days, even for broadcast-only folks.

AFTERTHOUGHT: There’s an old tale that an ostrich sticks its head in the sand and believes it’s hidden from predators. There’s a new tale that if people are exposed less frequently to information about global climate change, they won’t notice it when it is underway. The old tale is definitely fiction. What about the new one?

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  • jams o donnell  On Thursday November 17, 2011 at 7:58 am

    It is an amazing series, especially in HD! But I feel and gray that it will be bowdlerised by US networks… Are they scred that mention of climate change is too controversial?

    Are Americans surprised why we Europeans feel smug when we gaze across the Atlantic at the USA (but not Canada which is full of jolly good eggs!)

    • Steve  On Thursday November 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

      jams, this country has changed radically in the past 30 years or so, beginning with Saint Ronald’s presidency, but reaching ever greater extremes with each successive administration, Democratic or Republican. By now, there is effectively no place for a liberal here.

      A side consequence of all of this (including some Supreme Court rulings) is that nothing prevents the broadcast networks from being wholly owned by people whose political leanings are slightly to the right of Genghis Khan. Every network… even the supposedly public NPR and PBS… every one is impacted by this shift of ownership.

      Lefties or even centrists have given up trying to find the real news on broadcast or cable channels; we now spend all our time on the web. Frankly, the transition sucks… and that’s not even mentioning that I expect to spend my old age eating catfood and curing all my ills with aspirin. U-S-A! U-S-A! …

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