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April 22, 2005

Strict "Objectivity and Balance"? « Politics As Usual »

Who decides? Who enforces?

If this report is accurate, I have to say I think it is a bad idea.

Let PBS be PBS. Let the public use market forces to punish broadcast/cable news media for manipulating news items for partisan gain, but leave PBS alone. Republicans have functioned fine with PBS doing its thing for decades. Let them continue to do their thing.

...on the other hand, the reactions of the people on the left are also ridiculous: idea that PBS's general counsel described in an internal memo as amounting to "government encroachment on and supervision of program content, potentially in violation of the First Amendment."
"We don't want to be alarmist, but I would be less than honest if I said there wasn't concern here," said one senior executive at PBS, who insisted on anonymity because CPB provides about 10 percent of its annual budget. "When you put it all together, a pattern starts to emerge."

A senior FCC official, who would not speak for attribution because he must rule on issues affecting public broadcasting, went further, saying CPB "is engaged in a systematic effort not just to sanitize the truth, but to impose a right-wing agenda on PBS. It's almost like a right-wing coup. It appears to be orchestrated."

They are apparently assuming that "Liberal Truth" is the only Truth, and conservatives are automatically wrong, evil, and dishonest. I'm growing quite tired of that characterization.

Then again, I'm also growing quite tired of the recent open season on religion and religious beliefs and religious believers.

Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. All you've seen thus far is "mildly irritated." Nothing that would cause my eyes to go white or my skin to assume any shade of green hue...Yet.

Posted by Nathan at 01:11 PM | Comments (0)
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