Public Broadcasting and Partisan Politics

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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, nonprofit created in 1967 to dispense federal money to public TV and radio stations. Some people call it a "heat shield" designed to protect public broadcasters from political interference by Congress. Now, a Republican appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton to head the CPB says public broadcasting is too liberal. So, Kenneth Tomlinson hired consultants to review programs for political slant and pushed for shows with conservative hosts. Does public broadcasting need a push to the right to achieve fairness and balance? Will Tomlinson's efforts have a "chilling effect" on criticism of the Republican White House and Congress? We get perspective from media analysts, experts in television and radio journalism, and veteran officials from the CPB and NPR.
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UK Electoral Commission on 2005 General Election

Craig Murray, Independent candidate for Blackburn

Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary and former Blackburn Parliamentary representative

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Public Broadcasting Act of 1967

Public Broadcasting System (PBS)

National Public Radio (NPR)

Current on bias by Now host Bill Moyers

Criticism of Nina Totenberg coverage of Clarence Thomas hearing

New York Times editorial on politicizing public broadcasting



Warren Olney