Friday, December 22, 2006

Bush Appoints Another Ringer ... or ... PBS is going to Bell!

posted by The Vidiot @ 5:37 PM Permalink

A Feud over Bush's Pick
Warren Bell draws criticism as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting appointee.
by Matea Gold

President Bush quietly appointed television sitcom producer Warren Bell to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting this week, overriding opposition from public broadcasting advocates who fear the outspoken conservative will politicize the post.

Bell's nomination had been stalled since September because of concerns about his qualifications among several members of the Senate Commerce Committee, which must approve nominees to the board of the CPB, the private nonprofit that distributes federal funds to public television and radio stations.

But Bush was able to circumvent the need for Senate approval by naming Bell to the board Wednesday evening as a recess appointee.
"There had not been action in the Senate on his nomination," said White House spokesman Tony Fratto.
Gee Fratto, you think maybe there wasn't any action because they didn't want to approve him! Why would Bush appoint him!? Survey says!
I have met President Bush twice. I have no powerful political connections — both times were the result of sizable checks written by me to support his campaign.

Anyway, I turned 30, started making some serious coin, had some kids, read some Dennis Prager (for starters), and got my head screwed on straight. [...] I am thoroughly conservative in ways that strike horror into the hearts of my Hollywood colleagues. I support a woman’s right to choose what movie we should see, but not that other one. I am on the Right, in every way.
The incredibly partisan tone should be enough to bar any idealogue from the board.

The fact that he got his head screwed by Dennis Prager should bar him from civilization.

From the CPB's mission statement:
The fundamental purpose of public telecommunications is to provide programs and services which inform, enlighten and enrich the public. While these programs and services are provided to enhance the knowledge, and citizenship, and inspire the imagination of all Americans, the Corporation has particular responsibility to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.
So how does a person who writes this Sorry, poor people, your kids are going to be asking you awkward questions about condoms — it could be worse end up on the board of a network devoted to addressing the needs of poor people and minorities?

3 words: Bush appointed him. 6 more words: Contrary to the advice and consent of the Senate.


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