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.