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Monday, May 02, 2005

PBS

I wrote about the new conservative movement at PBS a few weeks ago...

And the NY Times has the latest:

"Republican Chairman Exerts Pressure on PBS, Alleging Biases"

Right. I've always assumed that Sesame Street is located somewhere in Manhattan (or Brooklyn): Glad to hear it's moving to Houston.
WASHINGTON, May 1 - The Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is aggressively pressing public television to CORRECT what he and other conservatives consider liberal bias, prompting some public broadcasting leaders - including the chief executive of PBS - to object that his actions pose a threat to editorial independence.
The chariman's first move? Dude hired somewhere to check up on Bill Moyers.
Without the knowledge of his board, the chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, contracted last year with an outside consultant to keep track of the guests' POLITICAL LEANINGS on one program, "Now With Bill Moyers."
Alles klar, herr kommisar?
In December 2003, three months after he was elected chairman, Mr. Tomlinson sent Ms. (Pat) Mitchell of PBS a letter outlining his concerns. " 'Now With Bill Moyers' does not contain anything approaching the BALANCE the law requires for public broadcasting," he wrote.
He went on to say that Sean Hannity would be a better host for "Now," but that they'd never be able to pry Hannity from FOX.

Kidding.
Shortly after, Mr. Tomlinson HIRED A CONSULTANT TO REVIEW Mr. Moyers's program; one three-month contract cost $10,000. The reports Mr. Tomlinson saw placed the program's guests in categories like "ANTI-Bush," "ANTI-business" and "ANTI-Tom DeLay," referring to the House majority leader, corporation officials said.
Big f*cking babies.
The reports found the guests were overwhelmingly anti-Bush, a conclusion Mr. Moyers disputed.

Mr. Moyers said on Friday that he did not know a content review was undertaken but that he was not surprised. "Tomlinson has waged a surreptitious and relentless campaign against 'Now' and me," he said, dismissing complaints that he is biased.

Mr. Tomlinson said he conducted the content review on his own, without sending the results to the board or making them public, because he wanted to better understand complaints he was hearing without provoking a storm.
Complaints he was hearing from people who think like he does...

And from people who hate the truth...

And from people who hate Bert & Ernie for being gay...

And from people who believe that "Nova" corrupts our "children" by promoting lies about the planet.

"The producers of that show plant fake dinosaur bones in the ground to sell the whole evolution thing."

Where's Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? Pittsburgh?

"Colorado Springs."

Cool.

More later...

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