September 27, 2005


CPB Taps Two GOP Conservatives for Top Posts (Paul Farhi, September 27, 2005, Washington Post)

A leading Republican donor and fundraiser was elected chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting yesterday, tightening conservative control over the agency that oversees National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.

Cheryl F. Halpern, a New Jersey lawyer and real estate developer, won approval from the CPB's board. She succeeds a close board ally, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, who stirred controversy earlier this year by contending that public broadcasting favors liberal views. Tomlinson's term as chairman had expired, but he will remain a member of the board.

The board also elected another conservative, Gay Hart Gaines, as its vice chairman. Gaines, an interior decorator by training, was a charter member and a chairman of GOPAC, a Republican fundraising group that then-Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) used to engineer the GOP takeover of the House in 1994.

With the changes, conservatives with close ties to the Bush administration have assumed control of every important position at the agency, which distributes about $400 million in federal funds to noncommercial radio and TV stations and is supposed to act as a buffer against outside political influence.

Now can they get rid of the Folk revivals and Motown reunions?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2005 8:18 AM

But then what would the P guy, the pedophile, and Mary do for their retirement?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 27, 2005 12:10 PM

An interior decorator named Gay Hart Gaines?

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at September 27, 2005 12:24 PM

OJ, your comment has a distinctly 'cranky conservative' ring to it.

Posted by: Melissa at September 27, 2005 12:42 PM


PBS has too many great shows to waste air time on that dreck.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 12:46 PM

Like what OJ? Most of it is liberals gone wild. I say defund the whole operation.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 27, 2005 2:43 PM

Robert, second the motion. Lots of lefties made millions out of PBS, let them fund it.

Posted by: erp at September 27, 2005 2:59 PM

Yan Can Cook, a conservatively slanted cooking show? Whew.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 27, 2005 5:12 PM


You buy it I'll hammer it.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 6:13 PM

It'll fund itself if you just retain the marketing rights and do DVD sales better. But keep it a public institution.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 6:37 PM

I've never seen anything liberal on PBS. Does anyone have an example? I mean, Bill Moyers used to be good, but he's not the least bit liberal. Any examples? Just one?KB

Posted by: KB at September 27, 2005 7:54 PM

Moyers not the least bit liberal?!? kb, sign your name WITH your middle initial from now on - you know, the g!

Posted by: obc at September 27, 2005 9:01 PM

obc said:

"Moyers not the least bit liberal?!?"

Yes, that's what I said. Moyers not the least bit liberal. I didn't stutter, did your ears flap?KB

"kb, sign your name WITH your middle initial from now on - you know, the g!"

Wow! That was a good one. The simple recognition of Moyers not being liberal and one is accused of being a KGB agent. Well, oj, you wanted another sign that the country is moving towards a fascist state. Here's another sign. Anyway, obc, were you going to make some sort of argument to prove just how "liberal" you believe Moyers to be? Or is it just so obvious that none is necessary, kind of like the liberal media which doesn't exist? Have you guys from the right EVER read a book?KB

Posted by: kb at September 27, 2005 9:13 PM


"Have you guys from the right EVER read a book?"
Uh.... try clicking on "Reviews" at the top of the page.

Posted by: Jason Johnson at September 27, 2005 10:27 PM

Here is Tom Shales writing a very complimentary piece on Moyers in which he describes him as being "one of the few liberal voices left in broadcasting" and "on the political left"

Is Shales a right-wing nut-job, or can we accept that the label fits? Why do liberals always want to pretend that they are conservatives?

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at September 27, 2005 10:51 PM

. . . or "progressives".

Posted by: obc at September 27, 2005 11:55 PM

"Now can they get rid of the Folk revivals and Motown reunions?"

No kidding.

Posted by: gman at September 28, 2005 12:45 AM


“The entire federal government – the Congress, the executive, the courts – is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives. It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich. It includes giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment and control the regulatory agencies meant to hold them accountable. And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine.
“Above all, it means judges with a political agenda appointed for life. If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will swoon over what’s coming. And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture....
“So it’s a heady time in Washington, a heady time for piety, profits and military power, all joined at the hip by ideology and money. Don’t forget the money....Republicans out-raised Democrats by $184 million and they came up with the big prize: monopoly control of the American government and the power of the state to turn their radical ideology into the law of the land. Quite a bargain at any price.”
– Bill Moyers’ commentary at the end of his PBS show Now on November 8, the Friday after Republicans won control of the Senate in midterm elections.

Is he copying you or vice-versa? Then again, you, probably don't consider yourself a liberal.

And from no less a source than liberal battle-axe Helen Thomas:

Bill Moyers was the last liberal voice on national television. Now he's gone into retirement.

I cite the sources since I'm sure you would do the same in my position. Right?

Posted by: Patrick H at September 28, 2005 11:26 AM