Altman, along with actor Alec Baldwin, was the most vocal of the Hollywood left who “threatened” to renounce their American citizenship or permanently relocate to Europe if George W. Bush was elected. Altman, who resides for long stretches in England anyway, was particularly vocal in his anti-Bush and anti-American sentiments after the Supreme Court’s ruling that effectively gave Bush the presidency. “Baldwin and Altman haven’t moved, but they also haven’t kept their mouths shut either,” says another conservative writer and Oscar voter based in Los Angeles. “Given the quality of his work, Baldwin has been easy to ignore. But Altman should have to feel some sense of loss for his comments about Bush, and denying him an Academy Award — and having him know why we voted against him — would be one way.”
To be fair, Altman isn’t favored to win the golden statuette, but conservatives simply want him to know that he’ll be getting fewer votes than even he might expect. “We’re voting with his patriotism, or lack thereof, in mind this time around. And we’ll enjoy it when he loses,” says the screenwriter.p> EVEN ENRON’S WORTH MORE br> Disturbed by rumblings coming out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, executives and program directors of National Public Radio in Washington have been holding secret meetings with investment bankers and longtime corporate backers about taking NPR — or parts of the radio-programming giant — private. “There are several CPB board members who clearly are antagonistic toward the current NPR programming approach,” says a senior NPR producer for several of its news shows. “[The NPR honchos] are hearing that in return for federal funding, CPB wants ‘fair’ airing of all sides of an issue, shows that feature equal numbers of liberals and conservatives. These people aren’t going to change their programs just because their bosses want them to. That’s why they are talking to outside money men.” /p>
Ironically, most of the CPB board members are Clinton appointees. None of the Bush administration’s nominees have been confirmed.
NPR executives are looking for ways to cut the cord between them and federal funding, which makes up between 20 to 40 percent of NPR’s budget. The rest comes from private donations, and corporate and foundation underwriting. “They’d make up the difference with for-profit programming. Shows that could be syndicated or sold beyond the public-radio network,” says the NPR producer.
But the NPR bigwigs got quite a shock from their meetings: “No one thought they could do it. They were told NPR offered literally nothing marketable beyond their current nonprofit audience and sponsors. That says something about the kind of programming they are producing,” says the radio producer.
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