David Brock revealed as Fox spy at Media Matters; Ailes tapped for NPR in “Tea Party Media Coup.”
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced today, in the first of a series of stunning announcements, that its television subsidiary the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will be replacing the defunct Bill Moyers Journal with a new weekly program, Ann Coulter’s Far Out Journey.
The Coulter show is one of several dramatic changes to the public broadcasting network composed of PBS and its corporate sibling National Public Radio (NPR). The changes are the result of major upheavals in the wake of the firing of NPR commentator Juan Williams and covert 60 Minutes-style videos from journalist James O’Keefe showing NPR executives entertaining financial offers from “donors” they believed to be representing the Muslim Brotherhood. The shift in approach is also a direct consequence of the Republican and Tea Party victories in the U.S. House and Senate in the 2010 elections.
Liberals throughout Washington and the media were outraged at the news, with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews labeling the changes a “Tea Party Media Coup.” Said an indignant Bill Moyers: “Public broadcasting is ours. The American taxpayer bought and paid for this as a gift to liberalism. Who do these right-wing ideologues think they are? We had to tolerate Bill Buckley in the beginning and it was a huge mistake. Lyndon warned me the SOB would be taping those damn shows forever and we gave the guy free rein to deconstruct us for another 26 years after Lyndon died! ‘The Great Society this, the Great Society that. Ronald Reagan thinks this, Xerxes said that.’ My God! Never again! It’s outrageous to think conservatives have any say about the operation of public broadcasting. Just pay the bill and shut up!”
New York Times columnist and PBS analyst David Brooks reportedly sniffed: “These Tea Party people don’t even have creases in their pants.”
The pairing of the conservative Coulter with what some see as the slightly more liberal culture of PBS will begin with Coulter investigating what a CPB spokesperson termed off-the-record as “absolutely bizarre ideas from human history” such as: “Marriage between a man and a woman”; “Islamic radicals were responsible for 9/11 and not George Bush” and “Is a human baby really a baby?” Coulter, in what one insider briskly termed a “rocky start,” has startled the PBS bureaucracy by tartly observing these ideas and others are “not only not bizarre, you are bizarre.”
An initial bid for Coulter to replace Brooks in his Friday back-and-forths on The PBS NewsHour with liberal former Democratic operative Mark Shields was resisted. Said an agitated PBS spokesman: “First, Mr. Shields is not a liberal and a Democratic operative. He’s a PBS analyst. Second, Mr. Brooks creases his pants. Enough said.” In return for Brooks keeping his PBS job, Coulter was allowed to do a show discussing the new Steven Spielberg/James O’Keefe film “Schiller’s List.” The controversial film is the tale of supposedly sophisticated liberal white media urbanites unable to correctly play a Georgetown drinking game of “spot the bigot.”
The move to hire Coulter comes as CPB announced a significant revamping of its approach to journalism, with an emphasis on “diversity” or, as one CPB source who declined to be named described it, “getting these bastards out of our stash.”
IN A MAJOR CHANGE to the executive suite of NPR, Fox News has announced that its own president, Roger Ailes, has been granted a “public service leave of absence” to replace Vivian Schiller and “any other executive at PBS, NPR and CPB worth noting.” Ms. Schiller, who launched the NPR imbroglio with the firing of Williams, was recently forced out after the O’Keefe videos became public. Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch released a statement saying “we at Fox are proud to be able to respond to the call of so many Americans to do something to save America’s public broadcasting network.” Ms. Schiller was reportedly undergoing therapy with her psychiatrist or publicist and could not be reached for comment.
Murdoch’s statement, designed as an olive branch to the liberal bureaucracy at the public broadcasting network, was borrowed extensively from recent remarks by current CPB president Patricia Harrison. Said Murdoch:
Today, Fox News responded positively to an invitation from our elected leaders to significantly expand public broadcasting stations’ ability to acquire programming that they feel best serves the needs of their communities.
Every day, these stations serve the informational and educational needs of the public with programming that contributes to the health and well-being of the country in a way that would not be possible without federal support. The American people overwhelmingly agree that public broadcasting is a service worthy of the federal investment, hence the invitation to Fox News to partner in breathing new life into a network that is supported by the tax dollars of millions of Americans of all political persuasions.
In lieu of cutting off funding from the federal government or returning the recent $1.8 million grant to NPR from left-wing billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Institute, the new arrangement with Mr. Ailes, negotiated by Minnesota Congresswoman and House Tea Party Caucus chair Michele Bachmann, also provides matching funding from the Koch Family Foundations and their “Even More Open Society Institute.” After consulting the Reverend Jesse Jackson on the need for a “rainbow of inclusion” conservative white brothers David and Charles Koch have been added to the NPR board along with economist Thomas Sowell and entrepreneur Herman Cain — both men reportedly black in spite of repeated liberal assertions to the contrary. Columnist Michelle Malkin, bitterly described as “not really a woman” according to the National Organization for Women, was appointed anyway.
Talks were under way with Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center to serve as the new NPR board chairman, the latter move held up momentarily by a wave of reports of Jonestown-style mass suicides at both NPR and PBS. The reports proved to be false when it was disclosed that Ailes had already removed all Kool-Aid from the premises. The Bozell appointment will be announced later today.
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