The Corner is reporting that President Bush plans to nominate Warren Bell, television producer and National Review writer, to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The CPB is designed to provide a buffer between independent public broadcast networks and partisan politics.
But instead of being a nonpartisan advocate of public broadcasting, Bell will likely be another advocate of Bush’s agenda. (Under Bush, the CPB has steadily pushed right-wing priorities, trying to put a conservative slant on programming.)
In his writings for the National Review, Bell has been clear about his agenda:
“I could reach across the aisle and hug Nancy Pelosi, and I would, except this is a new shirt, and that sort of thing leaves a stain.” [5/11/05]
“I am thoroughly conservative in ways that strike horror into the hearts of my Hollywood colleagues. I support a woman’s right to choose what movie we should see, but not that other one.” [5/11/05]
“I have met President Bush twice. I have no powerful political connections “” both times were the result of sizable checks written by me to support his campaign.” [3/31/05]
Looks like to get to Sesame Street, you have to take a turn to the right.