The Rove-Tomlinson connection

News & Politics

Is there any conservative operation that doesn't have Karl Rove's fingerprints all over it?

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.
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. [LINK via Wonkette]
There is, however, no evidence that Tomlinson's subsequent illegal acts were directly ordered by the White House, and Rove refused grant an interview to Konz: "White House spokeswoman Erin Healy defended the decision to block Konz's interview attempts. 'IGs have jurisdiction within their agencies, and the White House is not an agency,' she said. 'Courts have ruled that on many occasions.'"

Not even a token protestation of innocence? Guess now we're just cutting straight to the "you can't catch me" defense.

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