Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Grampa was wrong

My grandfather once told me that "being stupid ain't illegal." Turns out, it can be.
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.

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.
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.

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.


Blogger Rocky Smith said...

So you are claiming that NPR and PBS are politically neutral and do not lean heavily to the left? My tax dollars are at work broadcasting "fair" and level non-partisan programming? Are you that dishonest? The left's media monopoly is crumbling. Get used to it because there is little you can do to stop it.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Funny that the "left's media monopoly" is crumbling and yet Bush's poll numbers and American approval for the war continue to fall, fall, fall.

Yes I do believe that NPR and PBS come down, in the end, as unbiased if not right-leaning. Where you and I differ is that I base my beliefs on a little thing called facts, my silly little friend, and, as the saying goes, you're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

"Despite the commonness of such claims, little evidence has ever been presented for a left bias at NPR , and FAIR’s latest study gives it no support. Looking at partisan sources—including government officials, party officials, campaign workers and consultants—Republicans outnumbered Democrats by more than 3 to 2 (61 percent to 38 percent). A majority of Republican sources when the GOP controls the White House and Congress may not be surprising, but Republicans held a similar though slightly smaller edge (57 percent to 42 percent) in 1993, when Clinton was president and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. And a lively race for the Democratic presidential nomination was beginning to heat up at the time of the 2003 study...

"Republicans not only had a substantial partisan edge, individual Republicans were NPR ’s most popular sources overall, taking the top seven spots in frequency of appearance. George Bush led all sources for the month with 36 appearances, followed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (8) and Sen. Pat Roberts (6). Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Secretary of State Colin Powell, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Iraq proconsul Paul Bremer all tied with five appearances each."

10:18 AM  
Blogger Rocky Smith said...

Whom they have as guests does not affect my view of their liberal leanings. You'll have to do better than that . Bill Moyers is no right winger. He isn't even near the center. That is a fact. Nice try though.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

All right. I of course concede Bill Moyers is a liberal. You, then, should have the honesty to concede that these are conservative programs aired on PBS (and all aired before Tomlinson ever climbed onboard).

William F. Buckley's Firing Line

The McLaughlin Group

Nightly Business Report

Adam Smith's Money World

Wall $treet Week

Nicaragua Was Our Home

Television's Vietnam: The Real Story

Tony Brown's Journal

American Interests

Adventures From the Book of Virtues

McLaughlin's One on One

Think Tank

Values Matter Most

On Values

Free to Choose

Tyranny of the Status Quo

Reverse Angle


The New Militant Center
(Hosted by noted "centrist" Tony Snow, FYI)

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...


11:11 AM  
Blogger Rocky Smith said...

I didn't ever say there were never conservative guests, programs supporting center-right positions or any conservatives at all on NPR or PBS. I don't have a list of all their programs or I'm sure I could enumerate at least as many left leaning programs. I refer to the majority of political opinion coming from the commentators working there. I'm not the first or the only one to make this observation. You are intellectually dishonest if you deny it. It makes you feel better to resort to name calling though, I see. Very reasonable of you. Is it that you can't stand someone coming in here to challenge your view of the world? I see that you get most of your comments from those who will only pat you on the back and give you "Attaboys". If you link to me and call me "Some idiot" you invite return fire. Note that I haven't called you an "ass" or an "Idiot". I don't find name calling useful in winning a debate. Surely you can do better than that.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

As for your larger "point," I don't deny that other people have made the "observation" that the majority of political opinion on PBS or NPR is "left leaning," but I do deny that anyone has actually backe up that "observation" with, you know, observations.

As for name calling, you're right. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have called you "some idiot." I should have said you were a "spectacular idiot." I apologize.

I don't expect "attaboys," but I'd prefer people come argue with some ammunition instead of just covering their ears and screaming "You're wrong! You're wrong! PBS is liberal because I and other people say so!"

12:05 PM  
Blogger Rocky Smith said...

I guess you're right. If some left leaning organisation says PBS & NPR are politically balanced, then it must be true. (snark) Just because they validate what you think, that doesn't make them centrist. PBS and NPR are no more fair and balanced than Fox news is. At least I am honest enough to say that Fox is conservative in it's political leanings. They have liberals on all the time. I could research and list thousands of liberal appearances on that network if I wished to waste the time on you. They also have some liberal reporters (Alan Colmes & Geraldo Rivera as examples). That won't make them centrists, will it? I say again- get over yourself. Note that I still have not resorted to name calling. I am sorely tested to do so since I find you to be intellectually dishonest. Being called names by the likes of you is an honor.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

I like you, Rocky. You're funny.

And, for future reference, sarcasm works best when you don't write "(snark)" after you say something clearly wiseass. Just a little tip there for you.

Also, you can keep yelling "You're wrong!" but you're just solidifying my opinion (and, probably, the opinions of others reading these comments) that you are intellectually incapable of understanding that you have to provide evidence for your arguments.

I'm sure that you could, for example, list thousands of appearances of liberals on Fox News, but the fact that those liberals are A) vastly outnumbered by the number of conservatives who host and are guests probably means something, right? It probably also says something when a liberal voice is balanced with a conservative voice and, say, Bill O'Reilly chastises the liberal and agrees with the conservative. It also means something that, often, moderates are passed off as liberals and forced to debate against far right conservatives.

As for calling you names, I'd love to look back through your blog and read all the times where you tsk tsked over namecalling by Ann Coulter of Michael Savage or Rush Limbaugh. I'm sure that would prove your intellectually honesty. Feel free to call me whatever you want, little man. I've been through boot camp. I've been cussed at by people who could call you names for 20 minutes and never use the same phrase twice. Once you've been called the "son of a three-titted wharf whore," you're probably not very likely to get concerned when called a "big, stupid poopyhead" by an intellectually lazy neofruitcake.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...


I deleted the B) but forgot to take out the A).

2:14 PM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Hey Rocky-

Hunter at DailyKos made one of the points I was trying to make just minutes after I wrote this.

We are entering a time when conservatives, after having repeatedly shoved the discourse of the country into a series of ever-deeper ravines via the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Michelle Malkin and an unending stream of similar though lesser clones, are now professing outrage that they are being attacked according to the same crude, boorish standards that they have made part and parcel of their movement.

So don't give me the "Tewwy's such a mean owd man he made me go wee-wee in my underwew and I din't do nuffin' to him" bullshit.

2:38 PM  

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