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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

PBS veers right: Bill Moyers gets squeezed

Our old friend Ken Auletta has another piece in the New Yorker: it's not online (yet?) so detailed discussion is impossible.

He's on radio last week plugging the piece: it seems that the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, which is the conduit for the $60m of public money [1] going into US public broadcasting, is bending with the right-blowing wind. Apparently
CPB is backing the creation of programs with a right wing tilt like that of conservative Crossfire co-host Tucker Carlson and Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot. CPB will support those programs, but it says it has no intention of supporting Bill Moyers' Now.

Moyers has turned up here a couple of times recently: he was one of LBJ's little helpers, and his show is - shock horror! - a tad liberal in slant.

The idea of making all this fuss over chump change baffles me - it must be the annual Federal budget line for paper-clips. If the CPB had any gumption, surely they'd tell USG hacks to shove it: public broadcasting could much more easily afford the bucks than the kow-tow.

(Are Kerry's media strong-arm men taking notes? Answers on a postcard...)

  1. A small proportion of PB revenues, of course.

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