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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 01:35 PM
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GOP Chair of PBS hired White House staff to search out "liberal bias"
Edited on Mon May-02-05 01:36 PM by KrazyKat
Not content to control the Congress, the judiciary, the executive branch and most of the mainstream media, the right wing is now hot on the heels of PBS.

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a Republican, actually hired the director of the White House Office of Global Communications to investigate "liberal biases" at PBS.

In fact, "liberal bias" translates to any ideas that run counter to the right-wing's agenda. This rooting out of opposing viewpoints is a travesty. I read this story late last night, and had trouble sleeping -- it is utterly clear that right-wing radicals want to completely dominate any and all information emanating from the airwaves.

This issue is seriously worth your letters and e-mails to PBS and other entities.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/02/arts/television/02pub ...
New York Times
May 2, 2005
Republican Chairman Exerts Pressure on PBS, Alleging Biases
By STEPHEN LABATON, LORNE MANLY and ELIZABETH JENSEN

WASHINGTON, May 1 - The Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is aggressively pressing public television to correct what he and other conservatives consider liberal bias, prompting some public broadcasting leaders - including the chief executive of PBS - to object that his actions pose a threat to editorial independence.

Without the knowledge of his board, the chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, contracted last year with an outside consultant to keep track of the guests' political leanings on one program, "Now With Bill Moyers."

In late March, on the recommendation of administration officials, Mr. Tomlinson hired the director of the White House Office of Global Communications as a senior staff member, corporation officials said. While she was still on the White House staff, she helped draft guidelines governing the work of two ombudsmen whom the corporation recently appointed to review the content of public radio and television broadcasts.


Mr. Tomlinson also encouraged corporation and public broadcasting officials to broadcast "The Journal Editorial Report," whose host, Paul Gigot, is editor of the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. And while a search firm has been retained to find a successor for Kathleen A. Cox, the corporation's president and chief executive, whose contract was not renewed last month, Mr. Tomlinson has made clear to the board that his choice is Patricia Harrison, a former co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee who is now an assistant secretary of state.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 01:38 PM
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1. There is only one word for this......... Propaganda
And we all know fully well who used it with great success in the past. He fooled a whole nation...
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 01:39 PM
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2. This is fucked up
Oh God. So anybody who has the truth about something if it goes against a rightwinger they'll seak out? What can we do about this? I can't stand this country anymore sometimes. *sigh* Everything is so hopeless.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 01:40 PM
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3. This is worse than the McCarthy witchhunts and blacklistings.
Edited on Mon May-02-05 01:45 PM by bobthedrummer
THIS IS FASCISM.
eom
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antigone382 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 01:40 PM
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4. Paging the thought police!
Jesus Christ...
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 01:43 PM
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5. that link isn't working
Has the story been scrubbed?

This is hot stuff. I believe the "director of the White House Office of Global Communications" was Karen Hughes. Or was she replaced?

NOTICE THERE IS NO NAME IN THE EXCERPT ABOVE.

We need more info. Can someone pull up the story?
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 02:40 PM
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6. try this link
Edited on Mon May-02-05 02:42 PM by cosmicdot
Note that the story is in the Arts/TV section when it's front page imo

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/02/arts/television/02pub...


Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, says his goal is to satisfy "a broad constituency" of viewers.

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 03:54 PM
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8. there it is, at the bottom of the article -- ROVE
Mr. Tomlinson said that it was his concerns about "objectivity and balance" that led to the creation of a new office of the ombudsman at the corporation to issue reports about public television and radio broadcasts. But the role of a White House official in setting up the office has raised questions among some public broadcasting executives about its independence. In March, after she had been hired by the corporation but was still at the White House as director of the Office of Global Communications, Mary Catherine Andrews helped draft the office's guiding principles, set up a Web page and prepare a news release about the appointment of the new ombudsmen, officials said.

Ms. Andrews said she undertook the work at the instruction of top officials at the corporation. "I was careful not to work on this project during office hours during my last days at the White House," she said.

Mr. Tomlinson has also occasionally worked with other White House officials on public broadcasting issues. Last year he enlisted the presidential adviser Karl Rove to help kill a legislative proposal that would change the composition of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's board by requiring the president to fill about half the seats with people who had experience in local radio and television. The proposal was dropped after Mr. Rove and the White House criticized it.

Mr. Tomlinson said he understood the need to reassure liberals that the traditions of public broadcasting, including public affairs programs, were not changing, "that we're not trying to put a wet blanket on this type of programming."

But his efforts to sow goodwill have shown that what he says he tries to project is sometimes read in a different way. Last November, members of the Association of Public Television Stations met in Baltimore along with officials from the corporation and PBS. Mr. Tomlinson told them they should make sure their programming better reflected the Republican mandate.

Mr. Tomlinson said that his comment was in jest and that he couldn't imagine how remarks at "a fun occasion" were taken the wrong way. Others, though, were not amused.
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 03:20 PM
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7. so, we can contract with the White House?
Edited on Mon May-02-05 03:23 PM by cosmicdot
... purchase its services?

I know the Federal gov't contracts 'out' ...
I guess I've never thought about the reverse occurring.

"Without the knowledge of his board" ... "on the recommendation of administration officials"


http://eagle1.american.edu/~am3428a/information_war/whi...

Executive Order

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 21, 2003

Section 1. Establishment of the Office of Global Communications.

There is hereby established within the White House Office an Office of Global Communications (the "Office") to be headed by a Deputy Assistant to the President for Global Communications.

~snip~

The mission of the Office shall be to ensure consistency in messages that will promote the interests of the United States abroad, prevent misunderstanding, build support for and among coalition partners of the United States, and inform international audiences.
-- Executive Order launching the Office of Global Communications
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/2003012...

President Bush understands the importance of conveying America's message to the world. The Office of Global Communications (OGC) was formed in 2002 to coordinate strategic communications overseas that integrate the President's themes and truthfully depict America and Administration policies. Since better coordination of our international communications helps convey the truth about America and the goals we share with people everywhere, the President authorized OGC by Executive Order to communicate American policies and values -- with greater clarity and through dialogue with emerging voices around the globe.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/ogc/aboutogc.html

wonder if Tucker has any government contracts since leaving
the OGC director post? I imagine there would be more money in it ...


Tucker A. Eskew, Director, White House Office of Global Communications - until December 2003
Foreign Press Center Briefing
Washington, DC - January 24, 2003


is the founder of Eskew Strategy Group, LLC

Eskew Strategy Group creates and executes strategic communications for high-stakes public policy battles.

Weve developed messages and tactics to lead opinion during the most intense public debates of the new century.

Our proven leadership helps businesses and coalitions face critical challenges in the global economy and across grassroots America.



His 'blog' http://tuckereskew.typepad.com/about.html
his website http://www.eskewstrategy.com /

now, Mary Catherine Andrews, is the OGC Director



Director

Office of Global Communications, White House

Joined President Bush's administration in February 2001 as Director for Democracy at the National Security Council. Named to her current position in January 2004. Also Special Assistant to the President.


Before joining the administration, held several non-governmental positions in the 1990s:
- ran the Aspen Strategy Group, a foreign policy program of the Aspen Institute
- Program Officer for Eastern Europe and the Balkans, International Republican Institute
- Director of the Open Society Institute Macedonia
- Senior Consultant to the International Foundation for Election Systems
- Advisor to the Central Europe Director at the World Bank
- Elections Director for the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe


Worked for Congressman Cass Ballenger from 1986 to 1990. Served as foreign policy and press aide.

Bachelor of Arts, Hollins College. Master of Public Administration, Harvard University.
http://eagle1.american.edu/~am3428a/information_war/bio...


Greg Lagana is the OGC
Associate Director



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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 03:58 PM
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9. Tomlinson needs to resign now. This is outrageous.
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Abelman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 04:00 PM
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10. 100% F-ed up
I am so sick of this shit. I need to start my own country.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 04:33 PM
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11. I'm sure there was absolutely no Conservative Bias at all..
If it isn't conservative it must be Liberal. That is the Black and White thinkinbg of Conservatism. There is no such thing as "Unbiased"......Either Black or White......
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 04:55 PM
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12. He should hire Howard Dean to search out conservative bias too
This is bad folks. We need to put the pressure on the media and let them know that we will not stand for their conservative slant on things.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:00 PM
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13. PBS went "bye-bye" years ago.
NOW ...and the occasional Frontline.. That's it.

and NOW is cut to 1/2 hr..

Bah!!
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:04 PM
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14. Without the donations of liberals, PBS will tank....
Do they think the Neocons will fund Educational TV? Opera? Nature programs?

This seems like shooting themselves in the foot.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:14 PM
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16. The evil plan is just that.. Make it unpalatable to the people who
even watched it..they drop their support, and congress says.. "see we told you no one's watching that "elite crap"..Lets KILL it"..

Yet, as they drop federal funding and infiltrate the top spots with their own kind, the programming shifts to stuff the loyal viewers don't like, so they DO quit supporting it..

To a republican , it;'s a win-win... either they get total control over yet another propaganda vehicle, or they kill it so it cannot talk out against their plan..

:sigh:
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:20 PM
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19. yeah, I had that thought too....
that they may just be trying to kill it off. Worse yet, trying to get public
money to pay for right-wing propaganda.
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Snotcicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:11 PM
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15. They allways go after the truth tellers. Then persecute them.
Then change history.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:15 PM
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17. That is really the scariest thing about these reich wingers
They don't just want control. They want complete control. And they don't just want complete control of the goverment. They want total control of every aspect of public life.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 06:31 PM
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20. And private life
abortions, feeding tubes, gay marriage, etc.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-05 05:18 PM
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18. how about an organized effort to cut citizen funding? n/t
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