Stop Futzing with PBS

I love how Drudge spins everything...

from (a real news source) the AP

In their letter to Konz on Wednesday, Obey, D-Wis., and Dingell, D-Mich., said Tomlinson's actions may have violated the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which bans interference by federal officials over public programming. The CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation funded by Congress, provides funds for PBS.

"Congress intended that the CPB serve as a shield rather than a source of political interference into public broadcasting," they wrote.

The lawmakers also questioned Tomlinson's decision to secure corporate money to fund the "Journal Editorial Report," hosted by the editor of The Wall Street Journal editorial page, and pressing PBS into distributing it.

The actions have attracted criticism not only from Democratic lawmakers but from PBS' president and chief executive, Pat Mitchell.

In a statement issued Thursday, Tomlinson said, "I welcome the call by Congressmen Dingell and Obey for the inspector general to examine issues related to my efforts to encourage public broadcasters to take more seriously the need that our current affairs lineup reflect objectivity and balance.

In other words, not only are the republican's attempts to turn PBS into another FOX News channel disgusting, but they're illegal.

...and it's as simple as that.


Darius said...

Come on, everyone knows it's illegal!

The original Corporation for Public Broadcasting Charter holds that should a conservative ever attempt to voice an idea contrary to the mission statement of CPB, they are to be hung on a raised dais on the National Mall.

And we all know the mission statement of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

"It is the responsibility of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to progressively maintain quality public broadcasting to exceed the expectations of the ComIntern leadership, in allignment with the principles of Karl Marx, in the tradition of Leon Trotsky."

Good Lord, the mission statement has been good as gold since Stalin was still smoking dissidents! How Dare Bushchimphitler try to inject a voice of dissent in our beloved video media!

I'm surprised that Republinazis don't just burst into flame when the public lens focuses on them.

Hoodlumman said...

How quick would PBS go under if it didn't have government funding? It's the Air America of TV.

It'd bleed cash and be off the air in months... the results of no one watching it.