DOES PBS CONSIDER WOMEN PART OF THE PUBLIC?A national coalition of over 30 feminist, progressive groups and individuals– including Barbara Ehrenreich, Gloria Steinem, the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and women and men from the labor, black, Latina and South Asian grassroots communities– has met with PBS to discuss why a recent anti-feminist series was presented by the network as impartial journalism. Of particular concern was that the series aired in the context of a PBS lineup that, overall, under-represents women and people of color. Organizations in the Feminist Coalition […]
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DOES PBS CONSIDER WOMEN PART OF THE PUBLIC?
“In their zeal to placate the Republican Congress and supplement their budget with money from right wing foundations like Olin, Scaife and Bradley, public television decision-makers haven’t just changed directions– they’ve lost the compass. “The ‘gender wars’ series (funded by these same three foundations, and featuring their grantees) was a procession of opinions masquerading as facts, lies presented as truth, and slander disguised as journalism. For PBS management to say that these foundations are not ‘ideological’ demonstrates either ignorance or a profound lack of judgment, or both.” –Kim Gandy, Executive Vice PresidentNational Organization for Women “I love controversy– I am […]