WASHINGTON -- President Bush used a recess appointment last week to thwart those in Congress who were holding up the nomination of outspoken conservative television sitcom producer Warren Bell to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The nomination was stalled by several members of the Senate Commerce Committee who fear Bell will inject more politics in the private nonprofit that distributes federal funds to public television and radio stations.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Bush believes Bell's 17 years of experience in network television give him the right credentials for the post.
Bell, executive producer of ABC's "According to Jim," said he hopes to strengthen public broadcasting during his time on the board.
Is the executive producer of According to Jim really the person to strengthen...well, anything?
I'm surprised anyone puts their association with that show in the public record. I'm not familiar with this appointment, so I can't really comment on Bell other than a hope that According to Jim wasn't the best show he was involved with.
Back about 1996, Congress eliminated all but a token amount of the CPB's funding. Did that change at some point? If not, I'm not clear why an appointment to this position even matters.
Well, when the Bush Administration wants to appoint someone who is familiar with broadcasting, and isn't an extreme leftie, That narrows it down to about 4 people.
I guess Charlton Heston wasn't available.
I'd like to see something that backs this statement up, please.
I'm actually pretty curious, because they seem like such unrelated phenomena. Being involved in television/movies vs. political liberalism. There's no readily apparent connection, but it does seem to be the case that Hollywood is largely liberal. I'm wondering why.