To the Editor,
Senator Joe Manchin loves to see his name in the paper and face on TV. This is why he couldn't wait to attack MTV for it's upcoming reality show,"Buckwild."
After reading this article in last Sunday's edition of The Weirton Daily Times, I felt necessary to respond and bring some light to this issue.
I can remember when MTV began in the early 80's. The channel has always had a target audience of adolescents and young adults. Since this time, MTV has grown to include numerous sister channels in the U.S. and affiliated channels internationally.
MTV is constantly updating it's concepts and formats to keep it's target audience entertained and it's company thriving and moving forward. The success and growth of MTV speaks for itself.
In last Sunday's article, Senator Manchin used terms regarding the "Buckwild" program and MTV in general, such as, "Makes me sick," "It's just so much crap," This is a travesty."
Let's talk about some things that make me sick, Mr. Manchin, and are "real" travesties:
When Joe Manchin was elected governor in 2004, he immediately bought 17 flat screen TV's on taxpayer money for the governor's mansion.
During his tenure as governor from 2005 to 2010 West Virginia ranked 49th out of 50 states in median household income.
From 2007- 2011 WV had a poverty rate of 17.5 percent. The national average was 14.3 percent during this time. All while, we continued to see Governor Manchin on tv at WVU sporting events in places like New York City spending our hard earned tax dollars.
Senator Manchin could not cut it as an executive at MTV that is for sure. MTV demands accountability, results and forward thinking leaders to run it's business. You can see the success that has followed them.
Maybe I can convince MTV president Stephen Friedman to run for Governor or Senate next time around. You think he might be interested? Watching Joe Manchin and his cronies is simply like watching reruns of the same old episode.
I could say more, however, I have to go out and purchase my 17 flat screen TV's to begin watching the first episode of "Buckwild" on MTV January 3, 2013!
John Wells Jr.