Robert Novak comes to the defense of Kenneth Tomlinson by assuring us that Voice of America *is* biased.
Posted: 31 Aug 2006 Print Send a link
"I received a list of television guests used by VOA 'who favor the Iranian regime' and a post-9/11 VOA interview with Taliban leader Mohammed Omar. In fact, the guests listed were defectors from and critics of the Iranian regime. The Omar program was compared by Tomlinson, a year before his return to VOA, to interviewing Hitler, Mussolini or Tojo during World War II." Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times, 31 August 2006. "As it turns out, the friend he hired as a consultant had 35 years of experience with Voice of America, and Tomlinson says the report concluded his focus on his horses amounted to one e-mail a day and two-and-a-half minutes on the phone." Brit Hume, Fox News, 30 August 2006. "The truth here is that Kenneth Tomlinson, a great and idealistic journalist, tried to make the Public Broadcasting System more honest -- a fact that no amount of mud the Times and its Democratic staff allies on the Hill try to throw at him is going to obscure." Editorial, New York Sun, 30 August 2006. "We have seen this game before where people will release selected parts of reports to try to color people's views of a particular issue. I'm not going to play that game." Sean McCormick, State Department Daily Press Briefing, 30 August 2006.