Grampa was wrong
Investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting concluded today that its former chairman repeatedly broke federal law and its own regulations in a campaign to combat what he saw as liberal bias.Remember, Tomlinson paid $14,000 for Frederick Mann, a guy who worked for a long time at the National Journalism Center. The Center is an ultra-conservative agency designed to train rightwingers to write. Alumni include Ann Coulter, Cliff Kincaid and John Fund. Mann's report was sloppy, error-filled and skewed--in other words, everything we've come to expect from people connected to the NJC.
A scathing report by the corporation's inspector general described a dysfunctional organization that violated the Public Broadcasting Act, which created the corporation and was written to insulate programming decisions from politics.
While we're at it, everyone say hi to Karl "Official A" Rove, who is most probably the Presidential staffer mentioned in the report. (PDF Link.)
Because recent news reports suggested that CPB was making personnel decisions based on political ideology, we were asked to review personnel actions to determine whether, contrary to PBA Section 396(e)(2), “political tests” or qualifications were being used to fill senior executive positions. While our review found no evidence that personnel decisions were based solely on “political tests,” we did find evidence that politics may have influenced some decisions. Specifically, we identified e-mails between the former Chairman and staff in the Executive Office of the President that, while cryptic in nature, their timing and subject matter gives the appearance that the former Chairman was strongly motivated by political considerations in filling the President/CEO position.If I were involved in any way in this administration, I'd stay as far away from Rove as possible. He might be some sort of political genius, but he's also highly skilled at being involved in crooked shit and covering his own as just enough that others take the fall and he gets away.