PBS, Obama net top marks, but Americans say civility deteriorating

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 18, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    Civility isn’t helped by an Internet of make believe worlds to which sociopathic weaklings are drawn to act out their Charles Atlas fantasies. Those one interacts with can be too casually seen as names on a screen monitor instead of as real people with real feelings.

    Civility isn’t always easy, on or off the Internet. You have to want it enough to work at it.

  • man of few words Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Bob A. Bohey

    Your perception is pretty biased. BOTH sides are equally guilty. For example, when devout Christian and actor Kirk Cameron spoke his sincere opinions about homosexuality, he was verbally abused for weeks online and in the media by those in the left. "Tolerance" and "open-mindedness" may be favorite catch phrases of the left, but they really only apply to people who AGREE with THEIR points of view.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    June 16, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    American politics have never been "civil."

    During the election season of 1800, Thomas Jefferson campaigned that his longtime friend John Adams was a "blind, bald, crippled, toothless man who wants to start a war with France." He also called him a "hermaphroditical character" and stated that he was busy "importing mistresses from Europe."

    Adams responded that if Jefferson won, "murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and practiced."

    It doesn't stop with these two though. The best example of incivility happened in 1856 when Rep. Preston Brooks entered the Senate chamber and beat Sen. Charles Sumner with his heavy walking cane.

    So, those who think civility in declining simply need to read more history.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 16, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    It's about time the people are becoming aware that civility is not a word in our Constitution or our laws. Civility is for the weak and insecure submissive socialist and what dictators expect their subjects to be.

    Our country has never been designed to be civil is war, peace, or law and order. We praise and reward patriotism and those who believe in it. We praise those who are our hero's and give their lives to protect their friends and neighbors and country when the government or police are not around.

    An emotional and heated match is more profound to influence than a sermon on the mount decrying the frailty of man as the property of the state. Civil is what you are in a rest room or nursery, not leading a country or defending your rights.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Aggielove: Godwin.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    June 15, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    @ute alum

    the story was not written by PBS, PBS was one of the subjects of the study. sighted by the washington post writer.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    June 15, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    Are Wayne, TOO and Aggielove trying to demonstrate their own civility in these posts? They should try MUCH harder.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 15, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    Anything to do with education is now attacked by the right wing, really PBS is now, along with all other forms of media except the "fair and balanced" fox station propaganda. No wonder you guys feel so paranoid everybody (except fox) is out to get you? Turn off glenn for one moment and ask yourself, is the rest of the world mad? You folks treat fox like a religion only listening to them because they told you to, and everyone who doesn't follow your creed is "destroying America"

    Those who want there money back, PBS can be funded for a whole year for the price of 1 day in bagdad, I want MY money back for the rest of the year!

    Too: Mister rogers is dead, and wishbone and author are still on, change the channel and see "a whole new world."
    It's not as bad as the fearmongers would have you believe.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 15, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    63% of respondents blame politicians for the incivility but only 18% admit to experiencing cyber-bullying or incivility online. Some instinct or other tells me that this particular sample group is somewhat less than reliable.

    But I do give high marks to the Deseret News on this score despite my misgivings about its commitment to balanced reporting. DN does a far better job than many dailies in trying to keep its online discussion site from becoming a sewer.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    June 15, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    My perception is that those aligned politically to the right in this country appear to be driving the civility of public discourse in a negative direction. The more unpopular their views become with the majority of americans the more uncivil they become when they don't get their way. 5 0f the 1st 6 comments here seem to support my perception as they attach the messenger instead of the message.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    June 15, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Let's be honest, PBS has shades of Germany long ago.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    June 15, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    Ever since PBS stopped showing episodes of "Arthur", "Mr. Rogers", and "Wishbone" I stopped watching (years ago). Now I want my money back that goes toward that station. Stop using my money to brainwash and indoctrinate people. I'll keep it for college thank you.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    June 15, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    PBS is a full time propaganda machine supporting Obama and other socialist causes. The message is put together well so that they do deceive many, but our tax money should not be wasted on such a bloated and bias organization. Obama is not capable of being civil.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 15, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Voters say they don't like negative campaigning and attack ads, but as long as they continue to reward them on election day we can expect to see them continue.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    June 15, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Even if Obama is moderately civil, he is still inept. Please go back to being a nice community organizer Mr. Obama.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    June 15, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    leave it to unbiased pbs to report this. chicago and their henchmen have always been known for their civility