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Bill O'Reilly, Ken Tomlinson and Bill Moyers - Fireworks, Anyone?

Reported by Marie Therese - May 16, 2005

Last Thursday (5/12/05), Bill O'Reilly interviewed Ken Tomlinson, a long-time Bush crony, supporter of the GOP and now CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. True to the Republican credo that the airwaves are for private gain and not public interest, Tomlinson has begun to staff the organization with his own flunkies and is hiring people who feel the same way he does. In my opinion this is a concerted, calculated and (until now) covert campaign on the part of the Bush administration to put the final nail in the coffin of public broadcasting. Yesterday at the closing ceremony of the National Conference for Media Reform, former NOW host and perpetual O'Reilly nemesis, Bill Moyers, delivered a rousing call to arms to save Sesame Street, Barney and Buster the Bunny from the likes of Ken Tomlinson. The speech brought the audience to its feet!

Moyers said: "I simply never imagined that any CPB chairman, Democrat or Republican, would cross the line from resisting White House pressure to carrying it out for the White House and that's what Kenneth Tomlinson has been doing."

You can access online clips of Reilly and Tomlinson at Media Matters.

You can download video and/or audio clips of Bill Moyers' speech at Cambridge Community Television's website:http://www.cctvcambridge.org/freepress/.

The Cambridge clips must be downloaded before they can be run in Quicktime format. They will only be available for three weeks.

Free Press will provide transcripts of various speeches and discussions as soon as they can be made.

Statistics show that the American public, when asked, wants to keep Public Broadcasting as it is - a corporation working for the PUBLIC good, providing quality news, entertainment and special reports that are NOT subject to government censorship.

There are a lot of grass roots actions needed to stave off the planned privatization or demise of CPB. Sign up to help by going to Free Press Action site.

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