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skippy the bush kangaroo



Monday, May 16, 2005

can we monitor judge appointees for "biases" then?

next item on rove's "things to destroy" checklist - npr
executives at national public radio are increasingly at odds with the bush appointees who lead the corporation for public broadcasting.

in one of several points of conflict in recent months, the chairman of the corporation for public broadcasting, which allocates federal funds for public radio and television, is considering a plan to monitor middle east coverage on npr news programs for evidence of bias, a corporation spokesman said on friday.

the corporation's board has told its staff that it should consider redirecting money away from national newscasts and toward music programs produced by npr stations.

top officials at npr and member stations are upset as well about the corporation's decision to appoint two ombudsmen to judge the content of programs for balance. and managers of public radio stations criticized the corporation in a resolution offered at their annual meeting two weeks ago urging it not to interfere in npr editorial decisions. - nytimes
an opinion piece at the oregon daily emerald puts it succinctly...
most important is the precedent that will be set if tomlinson is allowed to get away with influencing npr programming. if public broadcasting is not allowed a journalistic integrity sans government influence, what hope is there for the rest of the media? radio listeners have come to depend on public broadcasting as a non-biased news source. letting the head of a corporation determine what is newsworthy will create just another media outlet ruled by a business head rather than an outlet that gives the american public what it actually needs to know.
time to contact your local npr station and let them know your thoughts...and give them your support.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:54 AM |

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