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A plea for support for FSTV

fstvFrom Paul Cienfuegos:


Our local cable access channel 12 is looking for 8 more folks willing to fill out and mail in a simple two-page form, requesting more of the great programming that Free Speech TV offers to us 24/7. You become a “sponsor” for the show, but you don’t have to pay any money for it at all – just fill out and sign a simple form, which is good for a whole year.

Channel 12 is OUR channel. They’ll happily play almost anything we want them to play for our community to watch. They already play Democracy Now every weekday at 5am, 9am and 4pm. They already have enough local folks who are sponsoring this amazing show. BUT they need 3 more folks to sponsor INN World Report, which plays daily at 3:30pm. And they’re needing another 4 folks to sponsor the quite extraordinary new hour-long public affairs show, Grit TV, hosted by Laura Flanders, which plays weeknights at 10pm.

Surely there must be 7 people receiving this email who would be willing to sponsor (for free!) one of these shows for the next year, so that they will continue to be broadcast. If you’re ready to be one of the 7, please click here: http://accesshumboldt.net/site/request-playback.
And if you want to simply learn more about what Channel 12 (and 10 and 11) offer to our community, please click here: http://www.accesshumboldt.net.

And finally, if you have a specific question about sponsoring a program, contact Julie Ryan, Programming Coordinator, at julie@accesshumboldt.net or 476-1651. You can also ask Julie to add your email address to the weekly schedule updates she sends out, so you’re better informed about the great programming on channels 10, 11, and 12!

Thanks so much,
Paul Cienfuegos
(a big fan of grassroots democratic local TV!)

  1. Humboldt Infowar
    January 22, 2009 at 5:29 am

    FSTV is crap programing. It is VERY liberaly bias and all its shows have an emphasis on internationalization and world government. I know heraldie really enjoys GAY USA. Or any of the other crap shows the FSTV people put out. Occasionaly i will find myself liking some of there programs but there is still too much bias in the information. Any democracy now, i think you mean “disinformation now!” Is a very good source of news I will commend them for going more into detail on most issues than other shows but it is very liberaly bias and they refuse to talk about the truth of 9/11 or other hard issues such as the federal reserve and instead tend to stick to more liberal topics such as humanitarian issues, equality, racism, immigration, gay rights, enviormentalism, femenism and such. Just as michale moore was a liberal puppet trying to cover up bushs real crimes and spin it off as if he was just some draft dodging dummy. The truth is both the right and left are controled by the big banks and freemasonry etc. They work with each other to get a common agenda thru and they use each side as a tool. They just used bush to get through tons of new laws and now under left cover they have obama finishing the job only this time were so blind as to think he is our savior! Stop drinking the obama cool-aid, he voted for the bank bailout bill “bank takeover bill”. This basicaly allowed the Federal reserve who is a private bank, for profit of its shareholder who include most of the major banks out there, BOA, wells fargo, Rothchilds, Rocafellers, etc. To borrow billions of dollars from themselves under americas credit card. So the smaller banks that fail are asking the bigger bank of whome they are apart of for money to bail them out and we the tax payers are the ones paying for it, not only are we paying for it but with how much debt our country is in will be paying the intrest on that loan for god knows how long! Learn how Fractional Reserve Banking works. You give the bank 1$ they will lend out 10$ That means the bank just made 9$ out of thin air! This is why our economy has inflation and when we create billions of more dollars hot off the printing press we inflate our money even more and devalue its purchasing power. The banks engineered this crisis so they can bring in a new international banking order that will most likely include a new north american currency called the Amero, much like the Euro.

    People wake up! The time is now!
    – Infowars Humboldt

  2. dreadful anonymous
    January 22, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I want my full acre crisis garden and more FSTV, too.

  3. January 22, 2009 at 7:58 am

    If AccessHumboldts head wasnt so far in the sand and they actually played well with the rest of the community, they would not need to plead for 7 people…jesus, isnt there an exec. director that gets 6 figure salary…cant he walk outside and get 7 people to sign a piece of paper, maybe give them 10 bucks?

    This cant be a serious plea… for 7 people… come on.

  4. dreadful anonymous
    January 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

    FSTV is supported by individual donations so its programing isn’t controlled by corporate interests. Asking for seven or eight people to sponsor programs by filling out a simple two page form doesn’t seem outrageous. Having my news coverage controlled by what corporations are willing to pay for does.

  5. Scott
    January 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Paul- Perhaps you could provide some information needed on the playback request for the two shows you mention. For example, the “legally responsible party”, total run time, etc. I support FSTV, although don’t watch much tv in general but would be happy to send in a request. I’m sorry your request generated such hatred towards free speech. Yes FSTV is liberal, but the conservative voice already has FOX corporate dollars behind it.

  6. January 22, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I know heraldie really enjoys GAY USA. Or any of the other crap shows the FSTV people put out. Occasionaly i will find myself liking some of there programs but there is still too much bias in the information.

    Wow Humboldt Infowar. It seems that YOU are BIASED against the gay community. What else would you expect from the Right-Wing’s paranoia and disinformation station. Alex Jones is a creep. Instead of trying to unite people, Hum Infowar, it seems you’d prefer to preach hatred and prejudice.

    If you are the Humboldt representative for Infowars, I’d rather watch FSTV any day.

    Support FSTV!

    By the way, it is “Michael” Moore, not “Michale”. Use a spell check, buddy.

  7. January 22, 2009 at 9:37 am

    What a rant from Humboldt Infowar.

    Someone must have gotten out of the wrong side of their crib!

    Free speech is American. We’re all entitled to listen to liberals or conservatives and make decisions ourselves. Just because someone doesn’t like that much freedom doesn’t mean we should censor (or get rid of) information that comes from FSTV.

  8. January 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks to “your Government” that sold everybody in southern Humboldt a digital converter before they found ou that they don’t work down here, some of us are without TV completely.

  9. January 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Read a book, Ernie!

  10. HumboldtBlue
    January 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm


    They’re from Boca Raton, dontcha know.

    On another tack, in So. California cable companies are rapidly cutting public cable access channels as well as the training and equipment provided so that the community can engineer and produce its own shows.

    I believe 12 access channels and their attendant office space have been closed as of this writing.

  11. Humboldt INfowars
    January 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    [quote] Wow Humboldt Infowar. It seems that YOU are BIASED against the gay community. What else would you expect from the Right-Wing’s paranoia and disinformation station. Alex Jones is a creep. Instead of trying to unite people, Hum Infowar, it seems you’d prefer to preach hatred and prejudice.[/quote]

    Actualy im not bias against the gay community. all i said was the show Gay usa was crap, and it is if you have ever watched the show! And i am not right wing. i hate the republican party and george bush! And you are wrong! I am trying to unite people, im trying to break down your programming! Funny how outta all the good things i just wrote all you seem to focus on is my comment about gay usa! What about the federal reserve! What about anything else i said!

    Also i haven’t preached any hate? only dislike for bad tv shows!

    Sorry the truth will not go away that easily!

    Racism is wrong!

    Now wake up humboldt!

    Ask yourself why obama will not re-investigate 9/11?

    Why will he allow the government to spy on americans?
    Why will he not get rid of the patriot act or the military commisions act?

    Why will he not prosecute george bush for war crimes?

    Sorry folks but obama is not the real deal hes just like bush another puppet. George bush wasn’t even a true conservative! but under right wing cover he got through his agenda. now under left cover the big corporate/banking elite will push through the rest of there agenda and you people who were so mad at bush suddenly have given up on being mad at government when you should still be pissed of untill all the wrong doing of the bush adminastation have been undone!

    Parinoid am i? well thats an easy way for folks who aren’t as educated about the fact and reality of american politics to disregard what one would say. Cmon now if you reall dont belive what i have to say our would really like to make me look stupid let hear some REAL responses to what i have to say not just name calling!

  12. January 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    grassroots democratic local TV

    Meaning can’t support itself TV, mooch off the ratepayers TV. PBS isn’t good enough for us TV. Subversive TV

    Hey, you don’t need it anymore, Obama’s in, no President to bash, all govt. from here on is good.

  13. Humboldt INfowars
    January 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Rose is right no more basing on government, its not good! its our savior!

  14. Ed
    January 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Part of the contract enabling cable companies to use county and city property to distribute their service is to provide the public with access channels to educate and display the creative endeavors of the community. If you could compile a coherent presentation Rose. you would be welcome on our local cablecast. All one needs to do is adhere to FCC regulations. A warning though, the TV audience tires quickly of tantrums. Something about putting away childish things…

  15. January 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    PBS isn’t good enough for us TV. Subversive TV

    Stop trying to take away our choice! Why the need to meddle in everybody else’s living rooms?

  16. Eurekaman
    January 23, 2009 at 10:49 am

    “Stop drinking the obama cool-aid.”

    Hummm…..sounds like somebody is following Rush Limbaugh’s blubbery half-deaf from drug use perspective.

  17. Anonymous
    January 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

    “I know heraldie really enjoys GAY USA. Or any of the other crap shows the FSTV people put out.”

    Maybe you stated it wrong, I’m guilty of the same thing sometimes. But to me it sounds like you are downing “Heraldie”, Gay USA, and FSTV all in the same statement.

    I feel most TV is bad. And most of what is on IS crap. But picking on Heraldo for supporting FSTV, Gay USA, etc.,(whether he does or not), makes you sound like a bigot. ANY assault directed towards the gay community sounds like fascism.

    FSTV is what it is, and I happen to enjoy it if I catch it on someone else’s tube. Depress Me Now(Democracy Now) may not be perfect in your eyes, huminfowar, but is much better than watching Fox news.

    I’m not always the most positive or friendly person when it comes to blogging, but you do catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

  18. Anonymous
    January 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Opps. That’s my post above, you know how much I hate anon posts.

    Jeff Muskrat

  19. January 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    PBS isn’t good enough for us TV. Subversive TV

    Stop trying to take away our choice! Why the need to meddle in everybody else’s living rooms?

    Nope, heraldo, just saying that Public Access Channels are not there to serve as propaganda tools for activist groups. You have something subversive to say, pay for it, just like everyone else has to. Stop using things like this that were set up to allow airing of public concerts and recitals and school plays, parades and the like.

    At the very least, once a show has outgrown its publicly funded incubator, it is time for it to stand on its own. Period. Once Democracy Now started buying ads in Time magazine, it was big enough to stand on its own, in theory. Unless, like Air America, the truth is, it cold never survive in the competitive marketplace because its audience is too shallow.

    That all. Pay your own way. Stand on your own. Sink or swim. Quit leeching.

  20. January 24, 2009 at 9:53 am

    …coUld never survive in the competitive marketplace…

  21. January 24, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Those are funny comments in this era of massive corporate welfare.

  22. January 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Well, the mission of public television and radio is, technically, to provide a voice to those who don’t typically have one: i.e., the non-wealthy, non-poor, non-white segments of the population. In a society that values equality, those voices are considered worthy, even if they don’t have the funds to buy time in the competitive marketplace.

    Which is why we, as a society, theoretically provide equality of opportunity for being heard through such outlets as public radio and television. The idea isn’t that the programming will be popular (though it certainly helps if it is), but that it will exist in a place where it otherwise wouldn’t.

  23. Anonymous
    January 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    If you people were really interested in supporting wider distribution of FSTV, you wouldn’t be pestering the folks at LOCAL PUBLIC ACCESS TV to put on NON-LOCAL PROGRAMS. These channels 10, 11, 12 are intended for US to talk to EACH OTHER here in THIS COMMUNITY.

    If you really want FSTV programming, quit using it as a wedge to crowd out local programs which have NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. FSTV isn’t going to post our local debates and forums on their channel, that much is for damn sure!

    Instead, target your petitions at our scummy Suddenlink company and tell them you’ll quit their service unless they ADD FREE SPEECH TV as its OWN, SEPARATE station completely apart from the local public access channels.

    Of course that would require more than 7 people to get their corporate attentions, and Paul Cienfuegos can’t organize his way out of a wet paper bag, so if the rest of you who supposedly care so much for FSTV programming really want to get this channel on the cable listings, ORGANIZE YOURSELVES and pressure the cable company.

    Or you could just ditch cable and add Dish Network (which presents both Link TV, which is more informative and less conspiracist, as well as FSTV), or add DirecTV (which also offers Link TV, which has Democracy Now on for multiple showings too) and leave these greedy, heedless Suddenlink hacks with less of our money.

    Of course, satellite doesn’t give you local public access, but if ignorant control freaks like Cienfuegos want to crowd out the real local programs for FSTV anyway, what’s the difference?

  24. January 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Access Humboldt doesn’t appear crowded. In fact it appears there is a lack of local programming.

  25. Anonymous
    January 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    So you disagree with my point that FSTV should have its own channel on the cable line-up, and local public access tv time should be for local public access tv programs?

    Even MSNBC, CNN, FSTV itself re-run their own programming, why can’t local public access tv re-run local public access tv programs?

  26. Anonymous
    January 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    P.S. None of this is to be taken as criticism of INN or Laura Flanders, both shows I find to be interesting as well (probably the only time Paul and I agree about anything), but they don’t belong on our local access channels, they belong on their own FSTV channel.

  27. Anonymous
    January 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I guess I have my answer. Heraldo can’t gain any political traction for these DUHCs like Paul if he can’t make this about those poor struggling Access Humboldt folks, instead of about the need for our greater community to confront a callous and callow cable company.

  28. January 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    It’s just an observation, my touchy little anonymous. Access Humboldt runs long segments of AH ads (or station identification, or whatever they’re called). It’s not a big secret. It would be great to see more local programming.

    Is Access Humboldt struggling? Do tell.

  29. Anonymous
    January 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I think Access Humboldt needs more local programming, they’ve been suffering a lot of foot-dragging on getting their production studio for community members up and running, thanks in no small part to red tape at the High School and the interminable interference of Jan Krapelien in all things public access, but it will supposedly come on line this summer. We should see quite an uptick in local programs after that, since most of us can’t afford good production equipment.

    My concern is that we keep the space open on the public access channels for these programs yet to come, instead of cluttering it up with FSTV programs that belong on a dedicated FSTV channel space apart from 10, 11 and 12.

  30. Anonymous
    January 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I forgot to respond to your “Struggling?” point. I’d say it’s more like they’re under-utilized by the locals.

    Crowding out this potential for local shows to stick FSTV in there forever isn’t a solution to this under-utilization. And people who really love FSTV, Amy, Laura, INN, etc. would best serve them by getting FSTV a permanent spot on the Suddenlink lineup.

  31. Anonymous
    January 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Well, guess we have to start our own petition then, no use waiting for “Cienfuegos” to lead us in a sensible direction.

  32. Anonymous
    July 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, came across this page randomly. All of these political debates (if that’s what you want to call them) sound more like kids in the school yard (“my politics are better than your politics!”). No one is really listening (especially after 3 paragraphs, on a comment section?! Get a website already! And put your self-indulgent ramblings there). More importantly though, FSTV ROCKS! Thank you for renewing my interest in television…finally, something real and interesting to watch.

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