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Bush bashes PBS (again), and The New York Times helps

03/19/2008 09:05 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I understand why Bush takes cheap shots at PBS. But what's The New York Times' excuse?

The Bush administration has been attacking PBS' funding for years, and in 2005 actually helped plot a public -- and bogus -- campaign to rid public broadcasting of its alleged liberal bias. Now the White House has submitted the largest funding cut ever proposed for public broadcasting.

Unfortunately, this year Bush's attack picked up a quasi-endorsement from Times in the form of a recent, above-the-fold cover piece in the newspaper's influential Sunday Arts & Leisure section headlined, "Is PBS Still Necessary?" The essay really was a train wreck.

Read the full Media Matters column here.

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