Thursday, June 16, 2005

Lobbyists' Role for Public TV Is Investigated - New York Times

One blogger's voice in the wilderness commented on this story, and made me think about it before posting -- Pat Mitchell, were you railroaded O U T ? Mr. McCain, you may have stretched too far with this one.

"Isn't the story of this guy sitting in front of his TV and watching Bill Moyers OLD NEWS??? Didn't we hear about this on the blog and from Moyers weeks ago???

"NEW is Bill Clinton's tapping into Readers' Digest for key personnel, and McCain's and Martinez's complicity in the trashing of PBS."

Lobbyists' Role for Public TV Is Investigated

Published: June 16, 2005

WASHINGTON, June 15 - Investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are examining $15,000 in payments to two Republican lobbyists last year that were not disclosed to the corporation's board, people involved in the inquiry said on Wednesday....The investigators, in the corporation's inspector general's office, are also examining $14,170 in payments made under contracts - which Mr. Tomlinson took the unusual step of signing personally, also without the knowledge of board members - with a man in Indiana who provided him with reports about the political leanings of guests on the "Now" program when its host was Bill Moyers....Mr. Tomlinson, a former editor of Reader's Digest appointed to the board by President Bill Clinton in 2000, said on Wednesday that he would not comment on details of the investigation but was certain that he had done nothing improper.... One of the lobbyists, Brian Darling...briefly served as a top aide to Senator Mel Martinez, Republican of Florida, but resigned after the disclosure that he had written a memorandum describing how to exploit politically the life-support case of Terri Schiavo....The other lobbyist, Mark Buse, a former top aide to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.


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