Ken Tomlinson resigns
The masked avenger of liberal bias in public broadcasting has resigned from the CPB board. The move is clearly an effort to stay ahead of the inspector general's report into his efforts to"restore balance" that is due out sometime this month. A report that is no doubt less than positive in its assessment. The shame is that the board has chosen to remain cowardly to the very end:
"The board expresses its disappointment in the performance of former key staff whose responsibility it was to advise the board and its members," the statement said. "Nonetheless, both the board and Mr. Tomlinson believe it is in the best interest of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that he no longer remain on the board. The board commends Mr. Tomlinson for his legitimate efforts to achieve balance and objectivity in public broadcasting." [LINK]Think that last line is especially egregious.
But this somewhat good news is more than tempered by this report sent in by Steve Kabarski of a possible rightwing plan to damage Knight Ridder, which is one of the few news companies that has done excellent reporting on the war. The parent company owns a number of major newspapers, including the Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, and the San Jose Mercury News. Private Capital Management, a huge GOP supporter that owns 19 percent of KR stock, is pushing to sell the company citing falling profits.
As Will Bunch points out in E&P, no good thing can come of this sale. The possibilities are: one, K-R will be bought by the penny-pinching Gannett that will immediately cut back on investigative reporting (always the most expensive type of journalism); two, it will be bought by private investors who will either sell a couple of newspapers or again cut back on reporting to pay of their debt.