Time To Pull The Plug on PBS
by Chris Bowers, Tue May 03, 2005 at 01:57:00 PM EDT
I haven't donated to either NPR or PBS in over five years, and I stopped becoming a regular listener / viewer around two or three years ago when I discovered blogs. However, considering that the Republican Noise Machine is setting up shop over at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I'm now going a step further and urging MyDD readers to stop donating to PBS. If you can't stomach that, at least stop donating during their news programming:In the last 24 hours, more than 30,000 Americans have called upon the chairman for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB) to resign for failing to uphold CPB's nonpartisan mandate.
The Free Press action follows a May 2 report in the New York Times, which reveals Tomlinson's covert efforts to combat what he sees as "liberal bias" at PBS. Tomlinson and other Republican operatives claim that they are trying to make our Public Broadcasting System more "fair and balanced," despite an overwhelming majoirty of Americans who already believe PBS to be trustworthy and unbiased.
Tomlinson's CPB was put in place by Congress to shield PBS from political pressure. But since taking the reins he has secretly hired a White House staffer to help draft "guiding principles" for the future of CPB. He brought in a consultant to monitor the "anti-Bush" and "anti-Tom DeLay" content on Bill Moyers' NOW program, and set up and funded right-wing commenter Paul Gigot's new PBS program. Now Tomlinson is working behidn the scenes to stack CPB's board and executive offices with Republican Party cronies.Of course Tomlinson is going to complain about "liberal bias."Republicans see liberal bias literally everywhere on television. Democrats, unfortunately, trust every source of television news at least as much or more than Republicans trust Faux (I am not making this up). The way I figure it, however, if liberals can't have PBS, no one can. Just bag the whole damn thing. Like Republicans really deserve to control public airwaves anyway, when they would rather everything public (at least everything public that works) be sold off to uber-wealthy private interests anyway. Considering the impending changes, I say let it die.