This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
The NY Times reports that enormous budget gutting (“cutting” is too benign a word here) is in the works for public broadcasting in the USA. A House Appropriations panel approved a bill that would cut the budget in half.
At the same time, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the organization that directs taxpayer dollars to public television and radio, is tussling with local stations over the issue of “editorial balance” (This sounds a little like what Fox means when they say, (kaff, kaff, ahem) “fair and balanced”):
The head of the Republican-controlled corporation, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, has pressed public broadcasting to correct what he and other conservatives consider liberal bias. That has prompted public broadcasting leaders – including the chief executive of PBS – to object that his actions pose a threat to editorial independence.