Right wing activist on Corp for Public Broadcasting steps down

In 2000 Clinton appointed a right wing activist Kenneth Y. Tomlinson to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Tomlinson has been a good friend of senior Bush administration officials, including Karl Rove. Directors for PBS are picked by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Tomlinson has worked with the Republican-controlled board to make public programming more right wing. However, some of his actions to erase liberal perspectives apparently forced him to step down after an investigation. The forced departure of Tomlinson from the board, as well as a regretful statement by PBS, strongly suggest that the inspector general discovered significant problems under Mr. Tomlinson, but officials at PBS declined to discuss those.

Reported in the New York Times, November 4, 2005.


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