Oh the Irony! Goldman Sachs Ad leads Malcolm X interview on 13 WNET

On October 17, 2012 by Colin

As well documented in yesterday’s “Big Bird” post,public television is one of the most risk-averse and bureaucratic cultures I’d found in the media landscape. Nature, history and British drama shows have proved safe and comfortable for PBS programmers for decades. Innovative and challenging programs (including POV, Independent Lens and Frontline) have been pushed to marginal time slots or off the air entirely as evidenced by Bill Moyer’s struggles to remain on PBS.

This month Thirteen (WNET New York) is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary by dusting off some of it’s “greatest” early programs. Below is an interview with Malcolm X, Wyatt Tee Walker, Alan Morrison and James Farmer. Ironic first because the station hasn’t taken a programming risk in decades, it is doubly mind-blowing that the program’s internet feed opens with a Goldman Sachs ad.

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