May 4, 2005

In the Washington Post, Bob Edwards cites NPR's "pettiness" in refusing to let Scott Simon promote his new book on Edwards' XM Radio show. NPR responds that the policy applies to all "competitive" talk shows.
Media Matters for America accuses the New York Times of glossing over the political affiliations of CPB's new ombudsmen.
"The best remedy for this week's public broadcasting crisis isn't the dismantling of the 'objectivity and balance' firewall but the abolishment of the CPB itself," argues Slate's Jack Shafer, who says public broadcasters should fund their independence from goverment dollars with a massive spectrum sell-off.
Just when you thought public broadcasting was already plenty politically-charged, here comes Tom Magliozzi to add his own two cents. The Car Talk loose cannon took time out of a trip to D.C. this week to tell the Washington Post that "George Bush is a [unprintable vulgarity]."