Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More on PBS Islam and Islamists

It’s a classic writer-versus-editor dispute, with the creators’ passion greatly magnified by post-9/11 politics and CPB’s decision several years ago to commission vocal political figures to make some of the programs.

CPB, PBS and overseeing execs at Washington’s WETA say they want a version of the doc about militant Muslims to air someday. But Gaffney’s team—instead of making further changes suggested by WETA and PBS—went public with their beef and sent at least one copy of the program to Capitol Hill.

The rave review came from Rep. James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.) during the March 21 [2007] hearing on CPB funding held by a House appropriations subcommittee, on which Walsh is ranking minority member.

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