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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tomlinson acted "Illegally" at CPB

Yes, the Inspector General has spoken. "Scathing!" says the Times.

Money quote:

...the report said that in the process, Mr. Tomlinson repeatedly crossed statutory boundaries that set up the corporation as a "heat shield" to protect public radio and television from political interference.
The report said he violated federal law by being heavily involved in getting more than $4 million for a program featuring the conservative editorial writers of the Wall Street Journal. It said he imposed a "political test" to recruit a new president. And it said his decision to hire Republican consultants to defeat legislation violated contracting rules.

The full report is here. Hopefully this will subside for a while the GOP's plans for takeover or demolition of PBS.

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