Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Another scalp:

Embattled PBS Chief Will Step Down in 2006

Pat Mitchell, the Public Broadcasting Service chief under fire for spending public money on a cartoon show that also featured a real-life lesbian couple, will step down when her contract expires in June 2006....

She drew recent criticism from both liberals and conservatives for "Postcards From Buster," in which the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, traveled to Vermont -- a state known for recognizing same-sex civil unions. Though the focus was on farm life and maple sugaring, the episode, entitled "Sugartime," featured an actual lesbian couple.

Newly appointed Education Secretary Margaret Spellings contended that the episode did not fulfill the intent Congress had in mind for programming and said many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles....

Judging from this and the Eason Jordan case, I guess it's one strike and you're out -- if you displease the right-wing Politburo you can climb down from a remark, you can rescind a decision, but it doesn't matter. You're already an unperson. You must be eliminated.

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