PBS — Corporately Funded

JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER:

Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.The Public Broadcasting Service, PBS, has come under scrutiny recently for its corporate funding and how it affects its broadcasts.

How PBS sold its soul to a billionaire donor

How PBS sold its soul to a billionaire donor


JEFF COHEN, FOUNDER, FAIRNESS & ACCURACY IN REPORTING:

They’ve had a many-parts series on the oil industry, where the main on-air person was a major consultant to the big oil companies, and it was sponsored in part by Paine Webber, a company with major oil interests. They do this all the time.

Jeff’s depressing analysis goes on with this:

In fact, there was once a documentary, a great one, called Out at Work. It was about discrimination on the job against gay employees. And public TV explicitly rejected it because it was partly funded by a couple of labor unions and a lesbian rights group. So they wouldn’t accept a program on discrimination in the workplace, because labor unions were involved.

And then of course this:

There was one mention during that six months of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on public television’s News Hour, and that was a very positive reference, which, again, doesn’t surprise me.

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