05/20/2013 01:45 am ET Updated May 20, 2013

How Far Did PBS Go To Avoid Offending A Sponsor?

PBS has standards for "editorial integrity," and its guidelines state that "member stations are responsible for shielding the creative and editorial processes from political pressure or improper influence from funders or other sources." A PBS spokesperson, when asked if it considered WNET's actions appropriate, said, "WNET is in the best position to respond to this query," noting that member stations are autonomous.

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