WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? I considered not posting this simply because I have nothing intelligent to add. (Okay, that's never stopped me before.) As you may already know, the New York Times today has a report on the Bush administration's concerted efforts to drag public television to the right.
The leader of this crusade is the head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kenneth Tomlinson, who has a thing for Bill Moyers. Yes, Moyers is an unabashed liberal. Yet the right manages to overlook the presence of conservatives like John McLaughlin and Tucker Carlson, and the centrist/conservative (in the old-fashioned sense of being deferential to power) NewsHour.
It's depressing and dispiriting. But entirely predictable.
ON NOT GETTING IT. Mitch Albom is feeling very, very sorry - mainly for himself. I'm glad he wasn't fired for his recent lapse of judgment, even if that lapse was a lot more serious than he seems to think it was. (Earth to Mitch: it wasn't a "careless mistake." It was fabrication.)
But he'd have been better off saying nothing than offering this non-apology apology.
THE EASIER OPTION. Drudge claims MSNBC is going to change its name to the NBC News Channel. Simpler than changing the programming, I suppose.