Tuesday, May 17

Petition PBS

Free Press has submitted a petition to remove the Kenneth Tomlinson, the Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) who, in public comments, has been casting dirt upon journalist Bill Moyers, the former host of NOW, for that program's supposed "liberal bias."
Apparently, to Mr. Tomlinson's mind, having one hour per week of excellent investigative reporting on Public Television represents an intolerable use of public money. (He has already succeeded in chopping NOW down to thirty minutes.) I invite all who come to this page to sign the petition to express the opposite opinion. Know, too, that, in signing, you will not have your home or e-mail address revealed to others.

Incidentally, if you would like to know which journalist Tomlinson considers to be "a model for broadcast journalism," it's Jim Lehrer. (See this piece for Tomlinson's comments.) That should give pause to anyone who may have mistaken Lehrer's impassive facial expressions as a sign of "impartiality." As I see things, Lehrer has provided increasing disservice to the nation as the years have passed. The more acceptable he becomes to the right-wing media overlords, the more intolerable I find him.