CONSERVATIVE VOICES ON PBS MAY BE ILLEGAL
Two congressional Democrats called Wednesday for an investigation into recent activities by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, suggesting that efforts by the Republican chairman of the private nonprofit to add more conservative programs onto PBS may violate federal law.
In a letter released Wednesday evening, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., and Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., asked CPB Inspector General Kenneth A. Konz to investigate the contracting, hiring and policies of the corporation, which distributes federal funds to public television stations. Both congressmen are ranking Democrats on committees that have oversight of public television.
They called recent actions taken by CPB Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson “disturbing” and “extremely troubling.”
A CPB spokesman could not be reached for comment. But in a recent interview with the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Tomlinson defended his efforts to expand conservative perspectives on PBS, saying he merely wants to increase the network’s audience.
All the Democrats know is obstruction. They will lose in 2006. They’ll lose the presidency in 2008…someone over there has to wake up and understand that Americans don’t elect people who complain, who point fingers, and don’t have solutions. They want problem solvers. They want leaders. They want confidence.
There isn’t one Democrat anyone can point to who exhibits these traits. That’s bad news for the DNC.