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5/1/2005

Reforming PBS

Filed under: Media,Politics — Dangerous Dan @ 11:11 pm

It appears the Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (the entity in charge of PBS) wants to reform PBS so as to lessen its liberal bias. Personally, I think it should be left well enough alone. PBS has slowly sunk into public irrelevance so I don't know that revamping it and confronting its status quo matters that much. It will, however, surely energize liberals as they rally around a battle cry of keeping conservative meddling out of taxpayer funded broadcasting. That liberal views have a de facto hold on PBS can't seriously be questioned. Taking a de jure approach to challenging that situation isn't helpful.

One fun point, though, is this:

But Mr. Tomlinson's tenure has brought criticism that his chairmanship has been the most polarizing in a generation. Christy Carpenter, a Democratic appointee to the board from 1998 to 2002, said partisanship was "essentially nonexistent" in her first years. But once Mr. Tomlinson, a former editor in chief of Reader's Digest, joined in September 2000 and President Bush's election changed the board's political composition, the tenor changed, she said.

Hmmm. Shocking how there could possibly be a lack of partisanship in a group of like-minded individuals sharing the same ideology. In most boardrooms, this would be considered a bad thing as you wind up with groupthink and nobody to question what you're doing. Having somebody with a fresh perspective is good. At PBS, though, it's polarizing. Go figure.

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