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Wednesday, June 02, 2004
 
ARMS LENGTH AUNTIE

The Public Broadcasting Service in the US is more like a coalition of community broadcasters than our dear old Stalinist Auntie.

But PBS gets heaps of public funds, much through the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Presidents appoint their hacks to the Corporation's Board, what else.

When the President is George W Bush, left-wing sentiment finds that a worry, as we see from Ken Auletta's piece, Big Bird flies right, in the latest New Yorker (which doesn't provide it on-line).

You can imagine the NGO screeching that has elicited.

"Public broadcasting should not find itself in the crosshairs of a partisan firing squad. It is deeply troubling to learn that public broadcasting has been subject to intense ideological pressure" protests Common Cause's Chellie Pingree.

"Ideological pressure" only comes from one direction, it seems. Lousy physics, normal politics on the left.