In the wake of Juan Williams' latest outburst on Fox News, NPR has asked him to stop identifying himself as an NPR contributor when he appears on Fox. NPR's Ombudsman concludes her assessment of the situation:
[I]n the end, NPR must decide -- as it apparently already has -- whether giving its listeners the benefit of Williams' voice is worth the cost of annoying some listeners for his work on Fox.
As a result of this latest flap, NPR's Vice President of News, Ellen Weiss, has asked Williams to ask that Fox remove his NPR identification whenever he is on O'Reilly.
Referencing an interview former President Bill Clinton gave on PBS' The Charlie Rose Show, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter wrote, "During a December taping with PBS's Charlie Rose, a frustrated Clinton called [Sen. Barack] Obama 'a roll of the dice,' as aides tried to end the interview." However, Alter omitted Rose's on-air comments in which he indicated why Clinton's aides wanted to "end the interview."
Discussing Graeme Frost and his family on Hannity & Colmes, Rush Limbaugh claimed, "I never once attacked this family. I attacked the Democrats for exploiting them. I attacked the Democrats for putting lies into the head of a 12-year-old -- a 12-year-old they send out before microphones and cameras to sit there and say," and mimicking Graeme's voice, continued, " 'I only want health care for the rest of American children like I got, and George Bush is against it.' The 12-year-old can't write that garbage!"
Warren Bell, a TV producer and National Review Online contributor named to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board of directors via recess appointment, is an avowed conservative and Bush contributor with a record of inflammatory remarks regarding Democrats, women, minorities, and underprivileged people.
On Fox News' Special Report, Jim Angle misleadingly reported that Broadcasting Board of Governors chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson would not face any charges in relation to a report that found that Tomlinson had hired a personal friend as a contractor without the knowledge of the rest of the BBG board because "it turns out the friend he hired as a consultant had 35 years of experience with Voice of America." In fact, a civil investigation into Tomlinson's actions regarding the contractor is still pending.
On PBS' Journal Editorial Report, host Paul A. Gigot thanked former CPB chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson "for defending the importance of balance and diversity on public television." Tomlinson stepped down from the CPB board after an investigation alleged that he committed legal and ethical violations while chairman.
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