Roll Call executive editor Morton M. Kondracke claimed that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), appointed a "liberal ombudsman and a conservative ombudsman" to monitor response to public television and radio broadcasts. Kondracke was referring to recent appointees Ken Bode and William Schulz, respectively. But while Schulz is clearly a conservative, Media Matters for America has previously noted that Bode is hardly a liberal. A former NBC national political correspondent and former CNN senior political analyst, Bode is an adjunct fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute and endorsed Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitch Daniels in an October 15, 2004, Indianapolis Star commentary.
From the May 17 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume:
KONDRACKE: And in the case of National Public Radio, for example -- actually, with both of them [NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)] -- he [Tomlinson] appointed a left-wing liberal ombudsman and a conservative ombudsman to take complaints about both of them and report. Now, that doesn't seem to me to be out of line.