PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Obama has gone to Congress asking for more
money to spend. The President, in a rambling and tedious exercise mixing blame
with demands, made quite a few dubious statements in laying out the case for
Congress to vote for the plan which as yet does not exist. Much like Obamacare,
Congress must ultimately vote for the bill to know what is in
it.

At one point Mr. Obama made a major gaffe; he
identified Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican
Party.

Lincoln did not join the Republicans until 1856, over
two years after the party was founded. The first Republican convention was held
in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1854.

Such a gaffe would have brought huge amounts of
ridicule and derision on George W. Bush, but in the case of Obama the media
yawned.

Actually, they did more than yawn; government-funded
PBS has altered the transcript of the President’s speech, removing the offending
comment.

The New
York Times transcript
has the following quote:

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who
saved our Union.  Founder of the Republican Party.  But in the middle of a civil
war, he was also a leader who looked to the future — a Republican President who
mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad — (applause) —
launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges.
(Applause.)  And leaders of both parties have followed the example he
set.”

But how does it appear in the PBS
transcript
?

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who
saved our Union.  But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who
looked to the future – a Republican president who mobilized government to build
the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set
up the first land grant colleges.  And leaders of both parties have followed the
example he set.”

So PBS has purposely altered a transcript containing a
major gaffe by the President. See a screen shot:

Sure; we have a fair and balanced media! The best
government money can buy!

Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis based writer. His
website is www.tbirdnow.mee.nu

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Glenn.

Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

By Doug Powers  •  March 5, 2011 10:21 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Quick note: Apologies for the slow posting the past couple of days. I’m “on the road” and haven’t gotten in as much time for a little writing as I originally hoped — which is merely an admission that I’ve failed miserably at the art of simultaneously blogging while playing blackjack.

The Republican vendetta against Elmo stampedes onward, so cue the cartoon aardvark human shields one more time:

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Friday to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which doles out federal funds to radio and television stations.

DeMint said it “should be an easy decision” to halt taxpayer money for public broadcasting while the nation is “on the edge of bankruptcy.”

He pointed out that the bipartisan debt commission convened by President Obama suggested ending the subsidies.

The pair focused on NPR and PBS, two major recipients of public media dollars — particularly on the salaries of media execs at both outlets, including the nearly $1 million a “Sesame Street” president takes home each year.

An additional tidbit from CNS News:

DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release.

Imagine the outrageous outrage if Republicans were fighting for public funding for a radio network supported in part by Roger Ailes.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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