Friday, November 04, 2005

Good Riddance

With the power of the Bushies seeming to be on the wane, action can now start to begin removing Bushite appointees from the various posts they have been put into. A welcome butt-kicking is that of the egregious Kenneth Tomlinson from the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His crusade to "balance" NPR and PBS - i.e. turn them into imitations of Faux News - is over.

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the former head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was forced to step down as a member of its board on Thursday evening.

The move came after the board began reviewing a confidential report by the inspector general of the corporation into accusations about Mr. Tomlinson's use of corporation money to promote more conservative programming.

They included Mr. Tomlinson's decision to hire a researcher to monitor the political leanings of guests on the public policy program "Now" with Bill Moyers; his use of a White House official to set up an ombudsman's office to scrutinize programs for political balance; and secret payments approved by Mr. Tomlinson to two Republican lobbyists.

The move - and a statement by the corporation - strongly suggested that the inspector general discovered significant problems under Mr. Tomlinson, but officials at the corporation declined to discuss those findings. Board members who had copies of the report declined to discuss it, citing confidentiality agreements.

The statement said the board did not believe that Mr. Tomlinson "acted maliciously or with any intent to harm C.P.B. or public broadcasting." The statement also said Mr. Tomlinson "strongly disputes the findings" in the report.

Note that the statement was written with Tomlinson still on the board and able to influence its wording.

The cleansing must continue; this is only the tip of a very dirty iceberg.

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