A Big, Right-Wing Bird?

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded two new right-leaning shows - "one hosted by Tucker Carlson, who speaks for conservatives on CNN's 'Crossfire'" and "one moderated by Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal" - while cutting "NOW with Bill Moyers" from an hour to 30 minutes. Moyers responded, "CPB has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons." Common Cause president Chellie Pingree writes, "CPB board members tend to be big political donors who often come with specific ideological agendas." Regarding Lynne Cheney's suggestion "to the head of PBS that ... TV programs starring herself might be a jolly good idea," Laura Flanders suggests an adaptation of Sisters, a 1981 novel Cheney wrote, "full of sex and romance and condoms and lesbian lust in the 19th Century American West."