Instead, the article is about Tavis Smiley‘s decision to end his 10-year-old State of the Black Union conference, which some would argue is inherently race-related (though how it may be “racist” is a different matter entirely, based mostly on Smiley’s previous criticism of Barack Obama). This news comes barely a week after PBS ombudsman Michael Getler addressed readers and explained that there’s a difference between something being on public television, and it being distributed by PBS, as viewers emailed to complain about the station being in bed with a George W. Bush institution in producing a series called “Ideas For Action.”
In fact, it is EPS (Executive Program Services, run by several ex-PBS staffers) which is distributing and co-producing the series, though the shows will be shown on public television.
Though it may seem like a splitting of hairs in both of these cases, the anti-PBS rhetoric of late seems bent towards liberal blogs (The Huffington Post, Gawker), ironically reinforcing the idea that only left-wing writers pay attention to public television in the first place.
Read More: APNewsBreak: Smiley Ends State of the Black Union –AP/The New York Times
Another Case of ‘It’s on PBS, but It’s Not PBS’ –PBS Ombudsman
Tavis Smiley Ends Racism –Gawker