Does this statement by Moyers on his Nov. 8, 2002, "NOW" program sound like it comes down on the side of the public? "The entire federal government - the Congress, the Executive, the Judiciary - is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That mandate includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to give up control over their own lives. It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich. It includes giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment and control the regulatory agencies meant to hold them accountable. And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine. . And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture."
Moyers is entitled to his views. What he is not entitled to is taxpayer money to promote them. If Moyers thinks he represents the public, let PBS and NPR be 100 percent privately funded by people who want to hear and see his ideas and those of his like-minded colleagues.
Tomlinson is addressing the bias that inhabits the minds of those who believe liberalism is truth. If PBS is to continue receiving public money, it should be required to do a better job of presenting diverse viewpoints on a more than token basis.
Moyers and company would not subscribe to tokenism when it comes to race and gender, but they appear to think ideological and political tokenism is fine when it comes to ideas that are counter to their own.
PBS can't hide, or even run, from the clear evidence of liberal bias. Neither should Congress, which is considering cutting its funding, nor Tomlinson, who is attempting to balance its ideological scales.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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