Elections 2012 - A Letter from AETN Director Allen Weatherly
Posted on 15 Oct 2012
Each election season, AETN and PBS are dedicated to bringing
you trusted, fair political coverage for local and national races and this
year we promise to do the same.
In August and September, we brought you PBS NewsHour
gavel-to-gavel national convention coverage. In October, we have the full slate
of presidential, vice presidential and Arkansass only statewide congressional
debates, as well as ballot initiatives and insightful news analysis.
On Oct. 9, and repeating on Oct. 26, FRONTLINE presents
The Choice 2012, the award-winning quadrennial special that presents a
multifaceted examination of the two primary candidates for president as you
prepare to cast your votes.
Beginning Oct. 23, AETN will host Election 2012: The
Debates for Arkansass congressional races, followed by ballot initiatives
Oct. 26. Weve also provided additional information at aetn.org/elections about
Arkansas candidates and issues to help voters make educated decisions at the
On Nov. 6, the PBS NewsHour team will anchor election
AETN and PBS are committed to civic participation and hope
our involvement will assist you and your family with your choices. Indeed, PBS
was the only broadcaster who carried gavel-to-gavel coverage of the party
conventions (along with cable station C-Span) not because we expected huge
ratings, but rather because it was the right thing to do.
AETN is careful and has always been to try to provide
useful information for you to digest and to think about. The great poet Robert
Frost said, Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting. It is our
hope that we all think about our responsibilities as citizens and make our
voices heard in the collective act of entering the voting booth. As the old
saying goes, In the voting booth, everyone is equal.
Personally, I would never be so presumptuous as to suggest
who or what you vote for. That is not, I believe, our role in public service
media. My sincere desire and responsibility is to work with decision makers
from all sides of the spectrum because that is what democracy requires to be
But, we do have a role in encouraging civic participation
and civil dialogue, and we will continue to do all we try to fulfill that
responsibility the best we can with limited resources and an unlimited desire
to be of service not to any party or particular politician, but to you the
voter, the citizen.
Ultimately, it still comes down to you and me personally to
take responsibility to help direct our democracy. As FDR wrote Nobody will
ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American
people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
See you in line on Nov. 6.