Sunday, August 28, 2005

it's not just PBS they're after


The story of Kenneth Tomlinson’s efforts to impose his right-tilting version of “balance” on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has incited national controversy. But while that tale is well-known, Tomlinson’s malign influence on another respected media institution, the Voice of America (VOA), has received far less attention.

What’s happened at the VOA -- which the longtime Karl Rove ally Tomlinson oversees as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) -- has done considerable damage to the value and credibility of international broadcasting. According to interviews with current and former VOA staffers and e-mails obtained by The American Prospect, under Tomlinson’s watch, VOA administrators have pressed the agency’s journalists to report pro–White House spin and too often directed them to downplay hard-hitting news in favor of puffery.

Read the whole article. It's all good, and very informative.


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