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June 07, 2005
Save Public Broadcasting

Someone mentioned this in the comments a few days ago, so I thought it was worth posting a follow-up.

Changes cause internal dissent at public television

Company chief accused of illegal political meddling

WASHINGTON -- For many Americans, public television means "Sesame Street," "Masterpiece Theatre" and "Antiques Roadshow." But for Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, it came to mean liberal bias in the network's news and public affairs programming.

Two years ago, the Republican former head of Voice of America and Reader's Digest set out to restore what he called objectivity and balance to the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio.

Now Tomlinson's makeover attempts have made their own news: angry chiefs at PBS and NPR; an investigation of whether his actions amounted to illegal political interference, and questions about whether he may have overreached.

Kudos to those people working at CPB, PBS, and NPR who have declined to be bullied or frightened into silence.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:20 AM


Very heartening news, Anne, thanks for passing it along!

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at June 7, 2005 08:55 PM