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Liberal journalist Bill Moyers, who gave up his weekly television program on PBS last year, is now mulling a return to the airwaves.

The New York Times reports that the Carnegie Corporation of New York has tentatively approved a $2 million, 29-month grant to Moyers’ production company for a weekly half-hour show.

Susan King, the foundation’s vice president of external relations, confirmed that the grant has been approved but isn’t final yet.

In response to an inquiry from the Times Moyers was a little fuzzy on the details of the show:

Mr. Moyers, in an e-mail statement, confirmed that his company has been discussing a potential weekly series, as well as other projects, and said he was pleased that the Carnegie Corporation had offered the first grant. “But,” he added, the announcement “is premature because we are in conversations with other funders which take time to conclude. We have discussed various possibilities with PBS as one potential source of distribution, but have no idea about a possible airdate, if in fact we proceed.”

The timing of the announcement is a little curious given conservatives’ past attitudes toward Moyers and the current call in Congress to defund public broadcasting because of its liberal programming.

Even though the foundation claims that it will be a venue for bipartisan debate of the major issues of the day, who do they think they are kidding?

Carnegie is one of the nation’s leading liberal foundations and they have chosen a liberal journalist to head the program.  How is that bipartisan?

It looks as if despite the Republican Congressional criticism, nothing has changed at PBS.



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