Sept. 23, 2013
Don’t let the Koch Brothers ruin PBS
Please sign a petition to remove David Koch from the Board of the most influential PBS station in the country.
He’s already used his influence to subvert the independence of another major PBS station, and he must be stopped.
Sign on here: http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/koch-wghb_solo/
Boston’s PBS station, WGBH, produces more than two-thirds of the nationally distributed programs broadcast by PBS, including Masterpiece, NOVA, and Frontline.
An anti-science propagandist like David Koch should not have any role overseeing NOVA, or any other WGBH programming.
Until recently, David Koch also sat on the board of WNET, New York City’s PBS affiliate. While he was on the board, WNET aired “Park Avenue,” a film focused on the money, power, and inequality associated with New York’s wealthiest residents, which included David Koch.
In an unheard of concession to its Board member, Koch was offered an opportunity to write a statement rebutting the program, which WNET televised immediately after the broadcast.
Not only that, the agency of public television that curated “Park Avenue,” ITVS, pulled its funding from another film that featured David and Charles Koch, “Citizen Koch,” apparently due to concerns that it would upset WNET and David Koch.
This clear example of how Koch’s oversight can lead to journalistic self-censorship shows that he does not belong on the WGBH board.
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