Our liberal media
Posted by Charles II on August 20, 2010
Peter Hart, FAIR says:
Meanwhile, on Public TV…
08/19/2010 by Peter Hart
Two PBS-related items of interest.
-Last year when PBS announced the retirement of Bill Moyers and the inexplicable cancellation of the excellent Now program, word came that some public TV stations would be airing a program produced by (yes, this is a real thing) the George W. Bush Institute. The show, Ideas in Action, is host by James Glassman; as FAIR noted, he is
a longtime fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, is perhaps best known for his remarkably optimistic–and wrong–book Dow 36,000. He also regularly penned op-eds for major U.S. newspapers that pushed views and policies that would directly benefit sponsors of his online news site, TechCentralStation.com (Extra!, 3-4/05).
According to a report at the Politico (8/18/10), Glassman’s show will air Sunday mornings on WHUT and on Maryland Public Television (MPT).
–The PBS program Nightly Business Report, produced by a public station in Miami, has been sold to “a private company headed by Mykalai Kontilai, a former manager of mixed martial artists,” according to a report in the New York Times. The Times notes that the show “has struggled recently to find enough corporate underwriting sponsors,” so presumably the new owners think they can do that. The show will continue to be produced at the Miami public station WPBT.
The arrangement is somewhat puzzling: a private company now takes ownership of a public TV program, and will apparently solicit private corporate sponsors for an important “public television” show. Then again, the PBS flagship NewsHour newscast is a project of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and the majority owner is Liberty Media, the company run by conservative media mogul John Malone.
This is why I no longer contribute to PBS and, as far as I am concerned, the NewsHour–even though some of their correspondents are straight journalists– amounts to propaganda.
One Response to “Our liberal media”
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.