No Affirmative Action for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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Public broadcasting ex-head targeted in report
Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:20 PM ET

By Deborah Zabarenko
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who drew fire for his conservative views, used "political tests" to recruit a new board president, inspectors reported on Tuesday.

Their report into the activities of Kenneth Tomlinson said "cryptic" e-mails between Tomlinson and the White House indicated by their timing and subject matter that Tomlinson "was strongly motivated by political considerations in filling the president/CEO position."...

"The CPB is a revered institution," Rep. Henry Waxman, a Californian who is the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee. "(Presidential adviser) Karl Rove and the Bush administration may not like the objective reporting heard on public television and radio but that's no justification for Mr. Tomlinson's crude attempt at political interference disclosed by the IG."

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