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PBS hit by claims it has liberal agenda
AP ^ | 6/26/5 | JENNIFER C. KERR

Posted on 06/25/2005 10:35:31 PM PDT by SmithL

WASHINGTON - It's home to Big Bird, Arthur, Bill Moyers and Jim Lehrer - and not normally a source of great controversy. But these days, PBS finds itself at the center of a political uproar over whether public television promotes a liberal agenda.

The man alleging the bias is Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, a Republican who heads the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB provides federal funding to public broadcasters including the Public Broadcasting Service, which receives about 15 percent of its operating budget, or $48.5 million, from the corporation.

PBS has denied the charges of a liberal slant. But following the criticism, it moved this month to hire an ombudsman to review its programs and announced a revision of its editorial practices. Among them: a requirement that commentary and opinion be labeled as such.

Democratic lawmakers worry that Tomlinson is angling to turn public TV into a spokesman for the GOP - contrary to the mission of the corporation, which Congress set up in 1967 to shield public broadcasting from political influence.

As CPB chairman, Tomlinson has failed miserably, says Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., a longtime supporter of public broadcasting.

"What Mr. Tomlinson has been doing is very destructive to the interests of public broadcasting," Dorgan said. "The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be better off with a fresh start with somebody who is not spending their time claiming that the public broadcasting system is unfair."

Adding to the Democrats' unease: the new president of the corporation, Patricia S. Harrison. She was co-chair of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2001.

Harrison was named to the post Thursday, the same day that the House voted to rescind proposed cuts of $100 million to the corporation's budget for next year.

PBS says the proposed cuts would have severely impacted "Sesame Street," "Clifford," "Between the Lions" and other popular children's shows.

"That federal funding really acts as a spark plug that causes all of this other money to be attracted," said John F. Wilson, senior vice president of programming at PBS.

Even with Thursday's action, PBS still might end up with less money than in its current budget. The legislation would eliminate $23 million for the Ready-to-Learn program, which subsidizes children's educational programming.

Public broadcasting advocates say $82 million is set to be cut from satellite upgrades and a program to help public TV stations switch to digital technology.

Critics scoff at the notion that public broadcasting can't survive without the federal help.

"These stations are fat and happy. They're sitting on millions, if not billions of dollars, in property and equipment and very large salaries. These people are not going anywhere," said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

Graham says broadcasters could make up the money with alternative sources of revenue. Donations could also make up some of the difference, says Graham.

More than a dozen senators sent a letter to President Bush this week and urged him to fire CPB's Tomlinson because he "seriously undermines the credibility" of public broadcasting.

The chairman said he had no intention of stepping down. The White House also expressed support for him.

Tomlinson has specifically targeted Bill Moyers, complaining that his work is not balanced. After protests from Congress, the corporation's inspector general launched an investigation into Tomlinson's hiring of a consultant to keep track of the political leanings of the guests on "Now with Bill Moyers."


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Pull the plug on PBS/NPR NOW!
1 posted on 06/25/2005 10:35:35 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Oooh, more than a dozen senators! I guess that makes it pretty much unanimous, huh?


2 posted on 06/25/2005 10:38:24 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: SmithL

This claim (FACT) has been around for years! The headline leaves the impression that this is something new


3 posted on 06/25/2005 10:38:29 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: SmithL

The truth hurts.


4 posted on 06/25/2005 10:39:25 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: MJY1288

I have a really dumb question: why can't Big Bird and Clifford, etc., PAY THE BILLS?


5 posted on 06/25/2005 10:40:17 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SmithL

What!!!!!

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you...

Defund the left---- PBS and NPR shouldn't receive a dime of taxpayer money...

Let them survive on the listener's dime...

Semper Fi


6 posted on 06/25/2005 10:42:04 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Howlin

Because, on the open market, they would have to change format or die. They do not have enough viewership to sustain them in the real world of market economics; they can only exist in the fairytale land of socialism.


7 posted on 06/25/2005 10:42:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SmithL

Actually, I have seen a few conservative programs on PBS...during pledge week! When they need to raise money, then they show what people want to see. The announcer will come on halfway through the show and say, "If you want to see more good programming like this, send in your contributions." Of course, next week they're back to showing the same old garbage.


8 posted on 06/25/2005 10:42:55 PM PDT by graycamel
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To: Howlin

I wondered that myself. $50 million is chump-change to Elmo and his posse at Socialist Street.


9 posted on 06/25/2005 10:43:18 PM PDT by Now_is_The_Time
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To: SmithL
The difference between a Stalinist and a PBS liberal is that the PBSer demands that we give him the rope to hang us.
10 posted on 06/25/2005 10:45:39 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SmithL
PBS and NPR are liberals?! NO WAY! Who dare to come up with such ridiculous accusations?!

/extreme sarcasm.

11 posted on 06/25/2005 10:46:25 PM PDT by jveritas (The Left cannot win a national election ever again.)
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I don't give rat*** about PBS I think they are bia in lib agenda only good thing about PBS is animal shows Masterpiece theatre and Brit comedies

THEY ROCK


12 posted on 06/25/2005 10:47:14 PM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Army Air Corps; Now_is_The_Time

But what about all that MERCHANDISE? Heck, I only have grandchildren and I have a closet full of that stuff!


13 posted on 06/25/2005 10:48:25 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: river rat

"Let them survive on the listener's dime..."

They can't. Especially NPR. I do know people who enjoy some of the programming on PBS, but I don't know anyone who listens to NPR. The very few times I tried, all I heard about was gay rights - it didn't matter what the program was supposed to be about, that's what it turned into.


14 posted on 06/25/2005 10:49:17 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: SmithL
"These stations are fat and happy. They're sitting on millions, if not billions of dollars, in property and equipment and very large salaries. These people are not going anywhere," said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

I have to laugh when I see heavy-lidded Marin County types soulfully pleading for dollar$ on KQED, on what seems to be every two weeks.

Dudes: Like, sell your overpriced dachas, fork over the proceeds and chunks of your opulent salaries to the station and go live among "The People". That way, you wouldn't have to shill every other week.

15 posted on 06/25/2005 10:49:40 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Howlin
I have a really dumb question: why can't Big Bird and Clifford, etc., PAY THE BILLS?

With what they make from toy merchandising, especially? Half the toys in Toys R Us have a PBS character on them.

16 posted on 06/25/2005 10:50:26 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Now_is_The_Time

BTW, LOL @ "Socialist Street"


17 posted on 06/25/2005 10:50:50 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Yaelle

Exactly!


18 posted on 06/25/2005 10:51:14 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SmithL
PBS hit by claims it has liberal agenda

In related news, scientists are shocked to find that bears use the woods as their private restrooms!

19 posted on 06/25/2005 10:52:04 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Howlin

That has been a bone of contention for several years. On the one hand, PBS points to its merchanising as proof of its popularity, and yet has its hand out. However, the kiddie shows are just part of their programming; not many plush toys of the cast of the McNeil-Leherer show. I understand that they have a top-heavy administration that siphons a lot of cash out of the budget - kinda like most government departments.


20 posted on 06/25/2005 10:52:10 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SevenofNine

"I don't give rat*** about PBS I think they are bia in lib agenda only good thing about PBS is animal shows Masterpiece theatre and Brit comedies"

And a lot of that programming (especially the BritComs) are available on DVD and you do not have to endure pledge drive pleas.


21 posted on 06/25/2005 10:54:57 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

I just happen to flip by Aaron Brown's show last night and caught Bill Moyers on with him.

That man is E V I L.

All I could think of was there are no two people on earth that love to hear their own voices more than those two.


22 posted on 06/25/2005 10:55:39 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Yaelle

The toys at Toys R Us, etc. are licensed from the shows. They get a royalty for each toy sold, but it's not huge money compared to say, Pokemon, where the show supports the licensed product and brings in advertising revenues.


23 posted on 06/25/2005 10:56:28 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Howlin

Bill Moyers is a self-aggrandising, pompous a$$hat. He has been living on the Welfare Broadcasting Network (he is getting a handout from our taxes) and couldn't hack it in the real world. He is typical of the hard left: arrogant jackass who wants socialism for eveyone BUT him and his elite pals.


24 posted on 06/25/2005 10:58:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

I thought he retired....


25 posted on 06/25/2005 10:59:23 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Army Air Corps

I worked with a guy from Scotland for a while and his sister was with "Lionheart TV" which is the source for BBC programming in America. I remember he told me that she used to fly back and forth from the UK via the Concord. She wasn't even all that high on the pecking order. At 8K per ticket one way, it was a waste.
I'm willing to contribute to any candidate that wants to eliminate funding.


26 posted on 06/25/2005 11:00:14 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (NASCAR - Because it's the way Americans drive.)
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To: Army Air Corps

BROWN: Is there a moment, when you became two organized conservative groups? Because I'm not sure it's true of people who are conservative politically necessarily, but organized conservative groups essentially journalistic Satan?

BILL MOYERS, JOURNALIST: There must be. Because suddenly I did sprout horn. They saw it. I didn't see it. I think it's because they didn't -- they weren't hearing what they wanted to hear from somebody who knows them very well. I tracked the conservatives for 40 years. I was in the Johnson campaign against Goldwater. I watched them grow. I did many documentaries about them when they emerged into power. I was the -- I offered Ronald Reagan the first hour on public broadcasting before he was a presidential candidate. I know these guys, and I don't buy their party line, and I don't spout their party line. And so there was a point at which they didn't like -- they weren't hearing what they wanted to hear, and I became their bad boy.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0506/24/asb.01.html


27 posted on 06/25/2005 11:00:26 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: durasell

That has nor prevented him from pontificating and making "guest appearances" on NPR and PBS programmes.


28 posted on 06/25/2005 11:00:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps; All

OH WOW they are OH MAn that is cool


29 posted on 06/25/2005 11:01:18 PM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Army Air Corps

Oh, sorry. I don't watch much TV. Only PBS show I liked, aside from some of the movies, was Charlie Rose.


30 posted on 06/25/2005 11:02:14 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: SmithL
...the mission of the corporation, which Congress set up in 1967 to shield public broadcasting from political influence.

If the mission of the CPB was to stop political influence in public television for the last 40 years...they were miserable failures.
31 posted on 06/25/2005 11:03:18 PM PDT by sawoody
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To: Howlin
Adding to the Democrats' unease: the new president of the corporation, Patricia S. Harrison. She was co-chair of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2001.

Harrison was named to the post Thursday, the same day that the House voted to rescind proposed cuts of $100 million to the corporation's budget for next year.

Now maybe it's the cynic in me, but could these two actions be tied together? And if that's true does the Republican party now just differentiate itself by offering a more conservative version of socialism?

32 posted on 06/25/2005 11:03:45 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: SevenofNine

The BBC website has a store where you can purchase danged near every show they have aired. I am considering starting a collection of "Are You Being Served?" and "Allo, Allo." Of course, I will have to make room in the budget for the beginnings of a "Dr. Who" collection. Circuit City and Best Buy also offer many BritComs online or in the stores.


33 posted on 06/25/2005 11:05:11 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Howlin
"I have a really dumb question: why can't Big Bird and Clifford, etc., PAY THE BILLS?"

Because they don't have the ratings to do so. Plus no one with a brain gives a shit about them anyway.

34 posted on 06/25/2005 11:05:46 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: billbears

There was a day when I would argue with you about that.......but now I know better, bill. :-)


35 posted on 06/25/2005 11:06:19 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SmithL
PBS has denied the charges of a liberal slant.

Yeah, yeah, yeah....so did Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and all those other leftists. They're convinced that we're too stupid to notice it. Brokaw used to get all annoyed and defensive when he was faced with that question.

We're on to you, lefties. Drop the arrogance and look at the reality.

36 posted on 06/25/2005 11:07:56 PM PDT by Allegra (But It's A Dry Heat...)
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To: SmithL
The name says it all: PBS
37 posted on 06/25/2005 11:08:14 PM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: blackbart.223

So you all are basically saying that if the Bird and the Dog didn't have PBS, they wouldn't be popular?

Well, then, if that's the case, why doesn't PBS own the toys and pay that $46 million from that?


38 posted on 06/25/2005 11:08:24 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SmithL

An important thing to remember is the CPB is not the only government funds going to PBS. There are the money from National Science Foundate, Endowment for the Arts, Department of Education, Department of Energy, the US Army. That is why at the end they mention the CPB, but then list other sources.
Without the government money, they would belly up in week.


39 posted on 06/25/2005 11:10:04 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (NASCAR - Because it's the way Americans drive.)
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To: Army Air Corps; All

OH MAN thanks for the info I wonder if A&E has it too I do get Biography channel some of A&E programming came that channel I would'nt mind scoring Old school Masterpiece theatre like Upstair downstair and I Claudis that when Masterpiece theatre had Alstair Cooke back in da day LOL!


40 posted on 06/25/2005 11:11:24 PM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Howlin
Because they don't sell advertising like the other legitimate Broadcast Media outlets do.

I think they should be told by Congress to drop all their NEWS shows and stick to children's shows and educational shows or we quit financing them. Tell Bill Moyers that if he wants to spew his Liberal tripe, we should not be forced to subsidize him or his show with our tax money, Moyers should compete in the arena of ideals if he's gonna express his views on the airwaves, just like Rush Limbaugh does. Moyers wouldn't last a month

41 posted on 06/25/2005 11:11:29 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: Howlin

It's a get what you pay for world. What's really being discussed is whether you'll pay for Big Bird and Clifford via taxes or at the local Circuit City in DVD format. Either way, there's really no free ride.


42 posted on 06/25/2005 11:11:57 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: SmithL
As CPB chairman, Tomlinson has failed miserably, says Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., a longtime supporter of public broadcasting leftist organizations that influence PBS programming.
43 posted on 06/25/2005 11:12:27 PM PDT by sawoody
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To: Howlin
"So you all are basically saying that if the Bird and the Dog didn't have PBS, they wouldn't be popular?"

They probably wouldn't exist without extortion money extracted from tax payers.

44 posted on 06/25/2005 11:13:05 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: ProudVet77

"Without the government money, they would belly up in week."

And all those gummint jobs would vanish. I am sure that AFSCME would go nuts. I am sold, where to I sign the death warrant for PBS/NPR?


45 posted on 06/25/2005 11:13:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: MJY1288

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1430821/posts?page=27#27


46 posted on 06/25/2005 11:14:03 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SmithL
The mods need to correct the title of this thread...

PBS hit by claims it has liberal agenda

47 posted on 06/25/2005 11:14:17 PM PDT by mysto ("I am ZOT proof" --- famous last words of a troll.)
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To: SevenofNine

A&E, Discovery, and History channel all sell VHs and DVD editions of a lot of their programmes. Lot at their webstores on their websites.


48 posted on 06/25/2005 11:15:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SmithL

I like PBS and I even listen to a little NPR now and then. In Cincinnati I have cable, and cable is subsidized for the poor for educational purposes. I think we have access to 4 public television stations (Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Oxford). I think that we have access to at least 3 public radio stations (UC, XU, NKU).

I think that the federal funding that these stations receive is around 10% or less of their budget. I am not really sure on those figures, but these stations are largely self supporting without federal funds.

I don't like the thought of either party hijacking public television on a federal level. The threat that conservatives could do that should make democrats more receptive to killing federal funding. These stations can and will survive without federal funding. I would like our politicians in Washington to concentrate on bigger and better things.

Like I said, I like PBS. I have two young boys and they love the programs. I enjoy some of the news and documentaries. PBS does lean left, I wouldn't claim otherwise, but cut the funds and let it take care of itself.


49 posted on 06/25/2005 11:16:10 PM PDT by Milton Friedman (Free The People!)
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To: durasell

I thought he retired....

And hoping he was dead!


50 posted on 06/25/2005 11:17:20 PM PDT by TGOGary (I would blow my brains out before ever wearing a blue beret!)
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