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Mikulski Is the Focus of MPT Show Tonight

Senator Barbara Mikulski is described as a champion of Maryland's working class who has worked to improve life for average people in a profile scheduled to air on Maryland Public Television tonight.

The state's senior senator, elected in 1976, planned a career as a social worker. but turned to political activism in the mid-1960s as she fought a highway that threatened to run through the ethnic neighborhoods of her hometown of Baltimore; the road proposal eventually went down to defeat.

The 30-minute piece airs at 8:30 p.m. Look for outtakes on this site...

By Lisa Rein  |  May 14, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
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This reads like a puff piece for a puff piece.

Posted by: spikemilligan | May 16, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Too bad some Montgomery County Comcast subscribers cannot see their Senator and specific broadcasts meant for Maryland residents. As of mid-April, Comcast moved MPT (Maryland Public Television) to its digital tier, with MPT's agreement. Subscribers with basic or premiere cable service (without the digital box) cannot receive MPT.
It is my understanding that cable providers are required to carry the local over-the-air stations on their basic tier. However, since WETA is considered the primary PBS TV station for Montgomery County, MPT need not be included.
Since MPT receives state funding, it should be available to all residents, including those who live closer to D.C. than Baltimore. Does this move disenfranchise some Montgomery County residents who subscribe to only the lower tiers of Comcast?

Posted by: rozspring | May 16, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree with rozspring. Removing MPT from the basic Comcast tier is a tremendous slap in the face to Maryland residents. I love WETA, but why can't we have both stations we all pay for through public funds and donations? What about those who cannot afford the digital service?

Posted by: shadowshopper1981 | May 18, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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