Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 38563
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2019/01/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2005/7/12-14 [Politics/Domestic/HateGroups, Politics/Domestic/Election, Politics/Domestic/President] UID:38563 Activity:nil
7/12    CPB ombudsmen report back on NPR bias: thumbs-up (wash post)
2019/01/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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com Two Big Thumbs-Up For Public Radio, TV New Ombudsmen Praise Programming By Paul Farhi Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 12, 2005; Ken Tomlinson of the C orporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and ra dio, was so concerned about the alleged leftward drift of programs on Na tional Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service that the CPB cha irman persuaded his agency to hire not one but two ombudsmen to review a nd critique NPR and PBS news segments. So what kind of slanted reporting have Ken Bode and William Schulz uncove red since they began work three months ago? Instead, Bode and Schulz have been positively glowing in their assessment s of the journalism heard on NPR and seen on news shows distributed by P BS. CPB's Web site could easily be excerpted in the shorthand style of a movie ad quoting favorable reviews. These two reports gave a nuanced and balanced view of the situation. "High praise to Mississippi Public Television for an important job well d one, and for ably fulfilling its mission of public service to the state. " -- Bode on coverage of the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, the former Ku Kl ux Klan member accused and convicted in the death of three civil rights workers. Indeed, neither comments one way or the other about the political leanings of the few programs that were re viewed. Tomlinson was so exercised by the supposed liberal leanings of the PBS sh ow "Now With Bill Moyers" that he pushed PBS to create two conservative- oriented programs, "The Journal Editorial Report" (featuring Wall Street Journal editorial writers) and "Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered" as counterw eights. He also advocated creating the two ombudsmen's positions, largel y over the objections of NPR, which has its own ombudsman, and PBS, whic h said last month it would add its own. That makes four ombudsmen overse eing public broadcasting. they worked together for yea rs as editors at Reader's Digest. Bode is a former CNN and NBC News repo rter who hosted the PBS program "Washington Week in Review" for five yea rs. The two men are paid $50,000 a year each for working 25 hours a mont h Bode said yesterday that the two ombudsmen were never intended to be libe ral and conservative halves. "When I took the job," he said, "I took it as a job of journalism, not one of politics. I've never had a conversati on with Ken Tomlinson" about his political leanings. Some have questioned whether Bode fits a "liberal" role, in any case. He endorsed Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitch Daniels last y ear, and he is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington t hink tank that often advocates conservative policies. When he took the part-time job earlier this year, Bode said he didn't bel ieve there were major balance issues at PBS or NPR. "There's no 'O'Reill y Factor' on PBS, and no 'Crossfire,' " he said. But since Tomlinson's c omments on the matter fueled controversy about fairness, Bode is taking another look at the issue. He said he intends to weigh in during the nex t few weeks. Said Schulz: "It's far too early for me, at least, to come to a conclusio n about overall balance, or in individual programs. That will become mor e apparent as we listen more and watch more." Moyers, who had publicly f euded with Tomlinson, left "Now" for unrelated reasons at the end of las t year, but is returning tonight as host of "Wide Angle," a series featu ring international documentaries. He said the ombudsman positions were created so that members of Congress or "John Q Public" would have "a serious place to turn" in the event of controversy. Tomlinson himself came in for some criticism yesterday during a Senate su bcommittee hearing about public broadcasting. A bipartisan panel that is considering CPB's funding request for next fiscal year took Tomlinson t o task for his hiring of an Indiana consultant, Frederick W Mann, who w as paid about $14,000 last year to study the political leanings of guest s on various NPR and PBS public affairs show. Democrats and people who p roduced the programs have attacked the study as flawed. Some have sugges ted it was part of a political witch hunt. But Tomlinson defended it as means to document the need for diverse viewpoints. Tomlinson also was criticized by Democratic lawmakers for spending about $10,000 to hire two GOP consultants last year to gauge congressional opi nions about legislation to change the way the agency's board was compris ed. Tomlinson replied that the hiring was a fairly routine practice at CPB an d was done with the knowledge of the agency's then-chief executive, Robe rt Coonrod, who acknowledged this yesterday. Both Tomlinson and the CPB's new president, former Republican National Co mmittee co-chairwoman Patricia Harrison, advocated that the Senate resto re funding cuts made by the House in its budget bill. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who said at the hearing that he would work for full funding.