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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:05 AM
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Update: PBS Ombud Says Show Made "Big Mistake" Keeping Quiet on Pundit...
'In a thoughtful article on the PBS Web site, network ombudsman Michael Getler says PBS and its show, "To the Contrary," made a mistake -- and may have violated the network's own ethics guidelines -- by failing to tell viewers that an occasional commentator to the show was also a Bush administration official.

"It seems to me that it is a big mistake for the program and PBS no matter what the Labor Department says not to make her other full-time association clear to viewers in some fashion," Getler wrote. (Earlier, we reported that show host Bonnie Erbe said the government told her Czarnecki could not be identified as an official.) "If they dont want to change the on-screen captions, then Erbe ought to at least describe the association verbally to viewers, and state that is not speaking for the department. Viewers can understand that.'

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001357.php
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:09 AM
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1. "Oh, sorry, we forgot to tell you that all the informative pieces we've
been touting as news were actually provided by the Bush administration, not related to any actual journalism in the slightest sense ..."
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:11 AM
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2. Can we say Oops?
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:51 AM
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7. Can we say, "I apologize for willfully and repeatedly misleading the
public, and I tender my resignation?"
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 10:22 AM
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13. Well, that would be terribly nice
however, personal responsibility seems to elude our dear Republican leadership.
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patricia92243 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:11 AM
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3. "No matter what the Labor Deprtment says"??? In other words it's o.k.
with them - wonder if it would still be ok if it were a Democratic prez.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:59 AM
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10. Hell no! That there would be grounds for Impeachment.
After all, we must hold our Democratic Representatives up to much higher standards than we ourselves can handle. :hi:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:21 AM
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4. Bullshit.
From the earlier story:

The reason the show has not disclosed Czarnecki's day job, Erbe said, was because the government asked her not to. "Those are the terms on which she could continue to appear," the host said, explaining that Czarnecki had appeared on her show for several years before she took the government position. "The only terms on which we could keep her was to not identify her as a Bush person."
http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001345.php

PBS was given these terms and fully complied. That's more than a "mistake".

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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 08:02 AM
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11. Yep!
Become complicit or find someone else to shill.

This is so wrong on so many levels.

-Hoot
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 04:23 PM
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14. doesn't some right-wing guy now work over @ PBS?
isn't this the very sort of thing that transpires from such 'folk' in such positions...gee, i think i may have answered my own question x(
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:23 AM
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5. How many more of these government officials
Edited on Thu Aug-17-06 07:24 AM by DoYouEverWonder
have infiltrated the media?



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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:47 AM
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6. I dunno, but personally I've come to suspect
that this Rush Limbaugh guy isn't always entirely neutral.
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:54 AM
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8. Some mistake
PBS didn't even own up to this shill till they were called on it. Then we get the standard R-party response: deny all knowledge.

Mistake. Right. :eyes:
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 07:58 AM
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9. "May have?" "May have?"
Funny how that happens all inadvertantly and all... :sarcasm:
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 05:51 PM
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15. i know huh...
x(
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 08:46 AM
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12. "The government told her not to." Land of the free, eh? n/t
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 08:02 PM
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16. I'd Like To Work For PBS & Bust Some Heads!
Anybody with me?
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 08:06 PM
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17. that's working...
:thumbsup:
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slaveplanet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 08:13 PM
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18. Public Broadcasting Service
Government Broadcasting Service.

Hmm, seems a first grader should be able to figure it out
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