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Massachusetts Democrat calls for Tomlinson to quit (PBS Chairman)
http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/062205/tomlinson.html ^ | June 22, 2005 | Jonathan Singer

Posted on 06/21/2005 9:04:44 PM PDT by Tom_Busch

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), ranking member of a House panel on telecommunications, called at a rally yesterday in support of public broadcasting for the resignation of Kenneth Tomlinson.

“In his zeal to impose his own view of ‘political balance,’” said Markey, “Ken Tomlinson has lost sight of his core mission — to protect the children’s-television network of the Public Broadcasting System of America. And he should resign from his position as the head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting” (CPB).

Tomlinson has come under fire recently for hiring an ombudsman to gauge perceived biases in PBS shows such as “Now,” previously hosted by Bill Moyers. Liberals say such an action is tantamount to government censorship.

Markey also called on Tomlinson to resign as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the Voice of America, Alhurra and other government-sponsored international broadcasting operations.

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) echoed Markey’s sentiment, calling Tomlinson “a propagandist.”

At the rally in front of the Cannon House Office Building, House and Senate Democrats presented Congress with more than 1 million signatures calling for the restoration of full funding for public broadcasting. The fiscal year 2006 labor-HHS-education appropriations bill sent to the House floor for debate this week mandates cuts in excess of $100 million for public television and radio, including a 25 percent cut for the CPB.

Joined by stars of PBS children’s programming, including “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Maya & Miguel” and “Between the Lions,” Democrats hailed the educational nature of public broadcasting, especially in contrast to the content of commercial broadcasts.

Markey said that, while PBS stations “offer up to 12 hours per day of nutritious, beneficial children’s programming,” commercial broadcast networks program shows like “Jerry Springer,” “Montel” “Maury,” “Judge Hatchett” and “Divorce Court.”

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) agreed that commercial networks are not providing sufficient educational programming, noting that, according to the National Television Violence Study, “children are exposed to six acts of violence and hour, and violence on the so-called commercial ‘children’s shows’ is on the rise.”

“The idea of taking away the money for children is particularly offensive,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), founder of the Bipartisan Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus, emphasized that the cuts would hurt what he sees as a unifying force in the country.

“Today, because of the multiplicity of choices, we really don’t have that national voice that once united us,” Blumenauer said. “NPR, PBS are as close to a national voice as America has any more.”

Blumenauer added, “The areas that will be denied public broadcasting services if this scheme is allowed to go forward will be areas of rural America, small-town America, where it’s more expensive to broadcast and where there isn’t the population base to make up the difference.”

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, said, “We have a message today for the Republicans: don’t mess with public broadcasting.”

Tomlinson and a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee could not be reached for comment by press time.


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To: BigSkyFreeper
If kids weren't watching Howdy Doodee back then, they were getting their arms scraped in the dirt or climbing trees, or throwing rocks at one another outside.

You bet! We spent hours outside playing unPC things like cowboys and Indians with realistic-looking six-shooter cap guns that made loud noises. Man, that was fun!

21 posted on 06/21/2005 9:32:45 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: Tom_Busch

This is actually an endorsment of Ken Tomlinson. He's obviously very effective.

:-)


22 posted on 06/21/2005 9:33:45 PM PDT by kb2614 ("Speaking Truth to Power" - What idiots say when they want to sound profound!!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

My dad and his friends used to play cowboys and indians back in the days. There was a girl who had a crush on my dad and always wanted to play with them, so they gave her a broken pistol.


23 posted on 06/21/2005 9:35:38 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: BuckeyeNan

Yes.


24 posted on 06/21/2005 10:02:49 PM PDT by roylene
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To: BuckeyeNan
Isn't Kenneth Tomlinson a Clinton appointee?

Yes. But he was also a Reagan appointee (Voice of America). He is a diehard conservative.

25 posted on 06/21/2005 10:07:24 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: Lancey Howard

"The children! Think about the children!"

Bullpuckey!

This censorship squad is twiddlin their dee for a good old fashioned book burning. "Throw Coulter and Hannity on fire." But if we dare say a mean word about their fata$$ darling Micheal Moore, why that's CENSORSHIP. These people are either true believers or useful idiots for 'the cause'

You want real fire and brimstone, bring back HUAC. Let's see how many of these Rosenberg-lovers are actual card carriers.


26 posted on 06/21/2005 11:00:20 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 (are you threatening me? I am the great cornholio!)
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To: Tom_Busch

Fast Eddie Markey, whose efforts to help bring DOWN our cable bills wound up making them go UP.


27 posted on 06/21/2005 11:04:02 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: LibFreeOrDie

My friends and I played army in my friends backyard during the day and snuck out late at night for 'commando missions' which would consist of either egg throwing at neighborhouses or a little dingdong ditch. My mom (a useful idiot) would cringe when she saw me shooting my imaginary gun. I have had my share cuts, scrapes, bruises and a near fractured skull. I turned out to be pretty well adjusted. These commiecrats want nothing less than pu$$ified men. not this pig.


28 posted on 06/21/2005 11:06:20 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 (are you threatening me? I am the great cornholio!)
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To: Tom_Busch
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), founder of the Bipartisan Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus, emphasized that the cuts would hurt what he sees as a unifying force in the country.

“Today, because of the multiplicity of choices, we really don’t have that national voice that once united us,” Blumenauer said. “NPR, PBS are as close to a national voice as America has any more.”

Typical Portland lawyer: thinks that PBS is America's "national voice".

Earl, you are an uber-wonk and really need to get out of both DC and Puddle City more often. Spend some time with farmers in Hood River or Baker. They'd laugh out loud at your notion that PBS has anything resembling a major role in their lives.

29 posted on 06/21/2005 11:12:33 PM PDT by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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