The clearly unbalanced Tomlinson

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We always knew that former CPB chief Ken Tomlinson wouldn't run himself out of town without a good reason. Here's the good reason:

In his zeal to force conservative views onto the public airwaves, the former head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting interfered with PBS programming decisions and may have required the corporation's new president to pass ``political tests,'' an internal investigation revealed.
Kenneth Tomlinson, a Republican, also sought to withhold funding from PBS unless the taxpayer-supported network ''balanced their programming'' with more conservative voices, according to the report released Tuesday by CPB inspector general Kenneth Konz. [LINK]
But let's be nice and spread the blame, especially when it's so richly deserved. The report also points out that Tomlinson would not have been able to wreak such havoc without the acquiescence of the CPB board. As John Dingell, D-Mich., the House Commerce Committee's senior Democrat told the Times, "A runaway chairman apparently took advantage of a lackadaisical board of directors and a curious absence of basic management and was allowed to inject politics into the work of the corporation."

This would explain why the board issued a statement commending "Mr. Tomlinson for his legitimate efforts to achieve balance and objectivity in public broadcasting" when he 'resigned' in early November. They were just protecting their pretty little backsides.

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