In an effort to document cases of liberal bias at PBS, a consultant was secretly
hired by republican CPB Chairman Ken Tomlinson. Guess what he found? Liberals,
The content investigation was more of a scorecard, rating guests on PBS programs as either “pro-Bush” or “anti-Bush” (after much debate, this dichotomy was found to weed out pinkos faster than a “pro-mayonnaise” vs. “anti-mayonnaise” analysis). Unfortunately, this seemingly failsafe lefty sniping method had an alarming loophole for false positives: conservatives who do not support the President on all of his policies. Poor old republican Senator Chuck Hagel (NE) was incorrectly painted red by the consultant, thrown into the liberal pile based on his views concerning the Iraq war, which do not precisely line up with W’s. If that doesn’t discredit the findings of this investigation, surely the consultant’s conservative ties will squelch any doubt concerning his true motives.
Just today, 16 senators have called for Tomlinson to step down from his position, while media watchdogs have issued separate statements in protest of Tomlinson's cursory selection process for the hiring of a new Chief Executive of the CPB (a decision is expected tomorrow, the leading candidate is former Republican National Committee Co-Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison).
UPDATE (6/23): Indeed, Patricia de Stacy Harrison was just named the new President of the CPB. Read the announcement here.