The Ballad of 9-11 Truth on North Carolina Public Television continues.
Today I responded to the above e-mail from UNC-TV's Bryan Sodemann.
However, rather than engaging Mr. Sodemann directly, which I realized was a waste of energy, I addressed my response back to D. Turner, Head of Customer Care. . .
. . . and copied Mr. Tom Howe (Director and General Manager), Mr. Robert D. Teer, Jr. (Chair of Board Of Governors), and Mrs. Sabrina Bengel (Vice Chair of Board of Governors).
My strategy was to address the policy of a single individual having the authority to dismiss this documentary rather than trying to argue the merits of the film itself.
Here is my e-mail to D. Turner:
Subject: UNC-TV Policy In Regards to Airing PBS/Non PBS Productions In Serving North Carolina
Fri 9/28/12 11:33 AM
Dear D. Turner,
Thank you for referring my questions and concerns to Mr. Bryan Sodemann,
Assistant Program Director UNCTV, about my request for UNC-TV to follow
the lead of PBS affiliate Station 12 in Colorado and broadcast the excellent
documentary, "9-11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out" from the
over 1700+ Licensed "Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth"
I see from the PBS website that this documentary has now reach the #1 Slot
for "Most Shared" videos on PBS.
"9/11: Experts Speak Out Reached #1 on PBS-TV"http://www2.ae911truth.org/actionalerts ... _PBS_2.php
However, I was quite concerned when I read Mr. Bryan Sodemann's
response from Thu 9/27/12 12:02 PM:
"Now, after being made aware of the program and doing some investigating,
I have been able to screen this program in its entirety, and this is what I have
. . . No matter how many views this program gets and no matter how much
money it makes, we simply don't see how it could be worth the integrity we
would be giving away. Therefore, we will not be offering this program on UNC-TV."
As a Native of North Carolina and a life long supporter of and frequent volunteer for
Public Television and National Public Radio, especially UNC-TV, I was shocked
to read that one individual alone has the authority to dismiss such an important
documentary and prevent it from being aired in North Carolina.
If I understand Mr. Bryan Sodemann's response correctly, he states that he had
never heard of this documentary until my request. I find it odd that a Programming
Director would be uniformed about any program that had become the #1 Most
Shared program on the PBS Network.
Mr. Bryan Sodemann states he viewed the program, "9-11: Explosive Evidence - Experts
Speak Out" in its entirety and then he alone made the decision . . .
. . . not to present it for any type of panel peer review or to refer it to the UNC-TV
Board of Governors for discussion . . .
. . . but to prevent it from being offered to the People of North Carolina over
their UNC-TV Public Television Network.
I find this procedure highly questionable to say the least.
I ask that this lone "final" decision by Mr. Bryan Sodemann be put up for discussion
Given the importance and gravity of this topic, this North Carolina Native feels this
is far too an important decision to be left up to one individual.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
- Frederick C. Blackburn
Blowing Rock, NC
cc: Mr. Tom Howe, Mr. Robert D. Teer, Jr, and Mrs. Sabrina Bengel
These are the two terse replies I received back from UNC-TV:
Fri 9/28/12 3:58 PM
As the UNC-TV executive in charge of programming, I have asked our director of programming and educational services, Diane Lucas, to respond to your email.
Followed by this one:
Fri 9/28/12 4:07 PM
Today I watched the program "9/11: Explosive Evidence," and I agree with the decision made by Mr. Bryan Sodemann.
Director of Programming and Educational Services
So, Sodemann, Zimmerman, and Lucas . . . don't want the Public of North Carolina to see "9-11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out" . . .
. . . even though this documentary has been the #1 Most Shared video on the main PBS website for weeks.
Sodemann and Lucas both claim to have watched "9-11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out" in its entirety . . and then claim to have made an informed decision not to air it. . .
. . for "patriotic reasons".
So, two individuals are responsible for killing this documentary from being broadcast in North Carolina.
Anyone see a case for a possible "Conflict Of Interest", here? . . .