Something more your speed, Golbez...May 20 2005 at 12:44 PM
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Antonia Z., my favorite Canadian moonbat, is now blogging her little sclerotic heart out! Wonderful reading, for America-haters. She calls us
all "Bushies," but I'll bet she's got a beaver on her capable of hiding a Mini Cooper...
Republican Remote Control
There's a left-v-right war being waged south of the border over the future of PBS.
(Memo to American right-whingers who think this is none of my business: The ''local'' Buffalo affiliate is the recipient of many a Canadian dollar, thank you very much, and has a loyal following here.)
Long story short:
The Bushies appoint the conservative Kenneth Tomlinson to chair the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which oversees both PBS and National Public Radio (NPR). He complains that PBS has a ''liberal bias." He secretly - although it's not a secret anymore - brings in a White House staffer to help write "guiding principles'' while paying a consultant $10,000 to monitor ''anti-Bush'' and ''anti-business" on the hard-hitting Now with Bill Moyers.
(Now is currently hosted by David Brancanccio who succeeded Moyers when he retired last year.)
The whole thing blew up two weeks ago when the New York Times reported that Tomlinson recommended that a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee become CPB's president and chief executive officer.
Liberal media watchers had this, this and this to say.
If you prefer to see the movie, tune in here.
Here's Moyers eloquent take on the state of PBS, from his closing address last weekend at the National Conference on Media Reform in St. Louis, Mo.
We’re seeing unfold a contemporary example of the age-old ambition of power and ideology to squelch and punish journalists who tell the stories that make princes and priests uncomfortable ...
It's worth reading the whole thing.
Tuesday night on Fox News, Brit Hume hosted a panel trashing Moyers and his speech. As one right-wing pundit said, after claiming that Tomlinson had appointed a ''left-wing ombudsman,"
I mean, that will give you a kind of a flavor of where Bill Moyers is coming from, which was embodied in his show Now, which he's now left. He's been gone for a while. But that's the show that Ken Tomlinson was trying to balance off, not, as you say, try to get rid of the show, Now, but rather, balance it off.
And he got PBS to run a "Wall Street Journal" program, which most of the stations on the PBS system run at terrible hours. I mean, they run Now in primetime and they run the Wall Street Journal show mostly at like 4 o'clock in the morning.
Odd because WNED, Toronto's ''local'' PBS station, didn't run Now at all for years. It does this season but not in primetime.
As for that "Wall Street Journal" program, well, it's called The Journal Editorial Report, is hosted by a Wall Street Journal columnist, is produced in association on with Dow-Jones, and is stacked with conservative opinionators. True, it also airs off-prime but then, PBS does offer the Nightly Business Report every evening. They have to leave some airtime for Nova and Masterpiece Theater.
But I digress.
Looks like the liberal supporters of PBS may have won a battle in the war for PBS. It turns out that Tomlinson may have broken the law with some of his actions.
Not that the Bushies will dump their boy but this is one show that promises some interesting twists and turns.
May 19, 2005 at 12:20 AM in It's War! | Permalink | TrackBack (0)