Monday, June 20, 2005

Molly Ivins: Destroying PBS

Here's a follow up on the PBS thread. Molly Ivins, one of my all-time favorite op-ed writes, gives us this: Destroying PBS

I have listened patiently to years of right-wing bull about liberal bias in the media, but let us be perfectly clear about what is happening at PBS. Big Bird is not in favor of affirmative action. Bert and Ernie are not gay. Miss Piggy is not a feminist. 'The Three Tenors,' 'Antiques Roadshow,' 'Masterpiece Theater,' 'Wall Street Week' and nature programs do not have a political agenda. 'The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer' is biased in favor of boring, old, white guys who appear on painfully well-balanced panels. 'Washington Week in Review' is a showcase for 'Inside the Beltway,' conventional wisdom, power-parroting, political-geekhead, Establishment journalism -- there is nothing liberal about it.

But there is a plot to politicize public broadcasting. It is plain as a pikestaff, and it is coming from the Right. It is obvious, undeniable and happening right now. The Bush administration is introducing a political agenda to public broadcasting. They are using the lame pretext that PBS is somehow liberal to justify it into a propaganda organ for the government.

Read the whole article. She's right.

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