Saturday, June 18, 2005

Bush's "ombudsman" at PBS is yet another Republican commissar 

Buried deep in the Arts pages of the The World's Greatest Newspaper (not!) we find the following:

It's easy to tell they're Republicans, because of the lying:

E-mail messages obtained by investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting show that its chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, extensively consulted a White House official shortly before she joined the corporation about creating an ombudsman's office to ["]monitor["] the [cough] balance and objectivity of public television and radio programs.

Mr. Tomlinson said in an interview three months ago that he did not think he had instructed a subordinate to send material on the ombudsman project to Mary C. Andrews at her White House office in her final days as director of global communications, a political appointment.
(via Times)

Of course, that was a lie:

But the e-mail messages show that a month before the interview, he directed Kathleen Cox, then president of the corporation, to send material to Ms. Andrews at her White House e-mail address. They show that Ms. Andrews worked on a variety of ombudsman issues before joining the corporation, while still on the White House payroll. And they show that the White House instructed the corporation on Ms. Andrews's job title in her new post.

And it's easy to tell they're Republicans, because of the looting:

Under investigation are $14,170 in contracts signed by Mr. Tomlinson with an Indiana man who monitored the political leanings of the guests on "Now" when Bill Moyers was its host. And the investigators are looking at $15,000 in payments to two Republican lobbyists last year at the direction of Mr. Tomlinson and his Republican predecessor, who remains a board member.

And it's easy to tell they're Republicans, they're delusional: "The facts and the intelligence are being fixed around the policy:"

In a little-noticed [Why, I wonder?] speech on the floor of the Senate this week, Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, said that in response to his request for the reports on the "Now" program, Mr. Tomlinson provided him with the raw data from reports.

Mr. Dorgan said that Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, was classified in the data as a "liberal" for an appearance on a segment of a show that questioned the Bush Administration's policies in Iraq. Mr. Hagel is considered a mainstream conservative with a maverick streak and a willingness to criticize the White House.

Wow... Classifying Chuck Hagel as a liberal. No, stop it! You're making my head explode!

Lying, looting, delusion—that's today's Republican!

NOTE Thanks to alert reader Bob for the correction.

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