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Good From Bad For PBS

Filed under: Media,Politics — Dangerous Dan @ 1:53 pm

Last week, I mentioned how the head of PBS’s parent organization is trying to even out the station’s liberalism with some conservative programming. Now Congress is taking notice and a couple of representatives don’t like it:

In a letter released Wednesday evening, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., and Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., asked CPB Inspector General Kenneth A. Konz to investigate the contracting, hiring and policies of the corporation, which distributes federal funds to public television stations. Both congressmen are ranking Democrats on committees that have oversight of public television.

It seems to me that this issue can play well for both parties. The Dems will portray this as an attempt by conservatives to turn PBS into the propaganda arm of the GOP and that it’s only a matter of time before Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes are put in charge of programming. Republicans will portray the Dem defense as proof that they don’t want nor believe in diversity of opinion, and that, furthermore, it’s improper for publicly funded broadcasting to be ideologically monolithic when more than half the taxpayers don’t agree with it.

The real winner of this will be PBS itself. Except for maybe its children’s programming, PBS is largely irrelevant to the public discourse and nowhere on the cultural radar. Any sort of controversy that might get people watching out of curiosity will be good for it.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the review!

    Comment by mark — 4/14/2009 @ 5:32 pm

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