“Tavis Smiley Ends Racism” reads a Gawker post today about the PBS host, but they’re not talking about The Covenant with Black America editor bringing people together.
Instead, the article is about Tavis Smiley’s decision to end his 10-year-old State of the Black Union conference, which some would argue is inherently race-related (though how it may be “racist” is a different matter entirely, based mostly on Smiley’s previous criticism of Barack Obama). This news comes barely a week after PBS ombudsman Michael Getler addressed readers and explained that there’s a difference between something being on public television, and it being distributed by PBS, as viewers emailed to complain about the station being in bed with a George W. Bush institution in producing a series called “Ideas For Action.”
In fact, it is EPS (Executive Program Services, run by several ex-PBS staffers) which is distributing and co-producing the series, though the shows will be shown on public television.
Though it may seem like a splitting of hairs in both of these cases, the anti-PBS rhetoric of late seems bent towards liberal blogs (The Huffington Post, Gawker), ironically reinforcing the idea that only left-wing writers pay attention to public television in the first place.
Read More: APNewsBreak: Smiley Ends State of the Black Union –AP/The New York Times
Another Case of ‘It’s on PBS, but It’s Not PBS’ –PBS Ombudsman
Tavis Smiley Ends Racism –Gawker