Apr
01
1995

Sen. Pressler's PBS Inquest

Action Alert

The lawmakers who launched the public television system in 1967 were concerned that government-funded TV would become government-controlled TV. To protect against this, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was created, a non-governmental, non-profit entity set up to disburse federal funds to public broadcasters. The idea was that CPB would be a "heat-shield," protecting public TV and radio from the control of elected officials and government bureaucrats. In the language of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, CPB is legally obligated to "assure the maximum freedom of the public telecommunications entities and systems from interference with, or control of, program content […]

Apr
01
1995

Media to Smithsonian:

History Is Bunk

Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past. --George Orwell, 1984 In media commentary on the Smithsonian Institute's proposed display of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, words were often turned on their heads: Because the proposed exhibit contained more than one viewpoint on the bombing, it was called "one-sided"; because it relied on contemporary documents rather than later apologetics, it was called "revisionist"; because it didn't strictly adhere to the official version of history, it was called "politically correct." The planned exhibit showed how "elite American museums, […]