David Sirota of Pando has written a fascinating article outlining some funny business at PBS. One of PBS’s funders, John Arnold, has backed a series that is critically of public pensions. Is this reporting or advertorial? Sirota reports that PBS denies any conflict of interest. However, they refuse to release any documents that would verify their claim. Sirota also cites an expert who points out that grant payments could be made over time, which means that PBS needs to play ball with Arnold if they want him to pay the full grant. So much for PBS being the voice of the “liberal media.”
What really bothers me about this story is that we have in Arnold another “poor” billionaire who wants to strip working people of their retirement security. Why can’t billionaires be happy with their money and leave the little people alone? Maybe they’re chess addicts who see the working and middle class as pawns that must be sacrificed. Thanks to David Sirota and others who have reported on this story, we have the chance to see the game they are playing and understand its consequences.
Think twice before you give to PBS or NPR. They have billionaire friends and well-endowed foundations who can pay to keep the propaganda coming.
P.S. Sirota updated his story with one from the New York Times that PBS will return the $3.5 million given by Arnold’s foundation. Will they keep spreading his message? That’s the real question.