Republicans attempt to turn Public TV into Bush TV
Presidential adviser Karl Rove and Kenneth Tomlinson, then chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, discussed creating a "conservative" talk show and adding it to the public television lineup, the organization's top investigator said.Tomlinson is the guy who waged a war to get Bill Moyers and his show NOW off the air. Moyers left, but NOW is still one of the best, most informative long-form news shows on television.
Kenneth Konz, inspector general of the nonprofit company that oversees government funding of public TV, said in an interview yesterday that Tomlinson and Rove exchanged e-mails on programming and that Tomlinson also wrote to Rove about "shaking up" the agency and recruiting Republican staff.
In a report two days ago, Konz said Tomlinson broke federal laws and internal rules by hiring corporation President Patricia Harrison, a former Republican National Committee co-chairwoman, based on her Republican ties. The report discussed the e-mails but didn't identify Rove as one of the people involved.
Tomlinson paid a buddy with no experience in the area $10,000 to watch NOW and report any instances of the dreaded "liberal bias". Hell, I watch it every week. I would have done it for half that.