Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Right vs. PBS

Among the recent developments:

Media Matters detailed a series of misleading claims Tomlinson made during an interview on National Public Radio (NPR).

The New York Times and The Washington Post have both falsely claimed that Tomlinson hired two ombudsmen, one liberal and one conservative. In fact, one is a fellow at a right-wing think tank and endorsed the Republican candidate for governor of Indiana last year. And he's the "liberal."

Bill Moyers gave a speech at the National Conference for Media Reform in which he offered a devastating critique of Tomlinson's efforts to hijack public broadcasting: "I was naïve, I guess. I simply never imagined that any CPB chairman, Democrat or Republican, would cross the line from resisting White House pressure to carrying it out for the White House. But that's what Kenneth Tomlinson has done."

Free Press and Common Cause have launched petitions targeting Tomlinson.

Check out www.MediaMatters.org for more about public broadcasting in the coming days.


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