Current, a newspaper that focuses on public broadcasting, is reporting that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s independent Inspector General has agreed to investigate the actions of CPB chair Kenneth Tomlinson. House Democrats John Dingell and David Obey had requested the investigation.
The Dems allege that Tomlinson broke the law when he hired a consultant to track the political leanings of guests on Bill Moyers’ Now — for the sole purpose of proving the show too liberal. Tomlinson also hired a White House staffer to draft guidelines for CPB’s ombudsman, before hiring that staffer to work for CPB. According the Current, Tomlinson is also considering the hire of Patricia Harrison as the CPB president. Harrison is a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee and was once a staffer for Newt Gingrich.
Long, informative article on the whole mess at Current.org. (via Benton’s Communication Headlines.)