In One Eye

Monday, August 08, 2005
Yesterday the Courant started a series on Connecticut Public Television. Today's article shows just how sordid the enterprise has become.

Like everything else, the notion of anything public has pretty much gone the way of the buggy whip. Case in point:
[CPTV CEO Jerry Franklin has mandated] that journalists subjugate journalistic decisions to the financial needs of a sponsor ... current and former producers at CPTV said. They [point to] a pattern in which the CPTV chief has ceded editorial control to sponsors, potentially undermining the credibility of the station's programming with viewers.
The whole idea of public broadcasting is really in dire straits right now. With the Bushies trying to emasculate anything that smells like criticism, PBS is now run by someone who is openly antagonistic to it. (Not surprising when Dear Leader chooses John Bolton to be the US's UN ambassador.)

The Courant's series certainly localizes PBS's problems. Let's put it this way: I don't anticipate contributing to CPTV any time soon.