Friday, November 04, 2005

PBS Chairman Tomlinson Resigns

And it's not because the liberal PBS just didn't like his conservative ideology. Yep, it's because he misappropriated funds and violated procedure.
The CPB's inspector general has been investigating Tomlinson's practice of using agency money to hire consultants and lobbyists without notifying the agency's board.
The inspector, Kenneth Konz, also had been looking into whether Tomlinson violated agency procedures in his recruiting of former Republican National Committee co-chairman Patricia de Stacy Harrison to be CPB's chief executive, and into possible White House influence in the hiring of two in-house ombudsmen to critique news programs on NPR and PBS.

And do I detect a hint of covering one's own ass?

In announcing Tomlinson's departure yesterday, the CPB added a curious addendum: "The board does not believe that Mr. Tomlinson acted maliciously or with any intent to harm CPB or public broadcasting, and the board recognizes that Mr. Tomlinson strongly disputes the findings in the soon-to-be-released Inspector General's report. The board expresses its disappointment in the performance of former key staff whose responsibility it was to advise the board
and its members."

CPB officials declined to identify the "former key staff" mentioned and a spokesman, Michael Levy, declined to answer questions, citing "a legal agreement" between the board and Tomlinson. He could not be reached for comment.
Despite his departure, the CPB remains firmly controlled by conservatives.

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