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Brain-dead PBS Mann report: Henry Rollins=conservative

Think Henry wants to lunch with PBS head Tomlinson any time soon?

Jane over at Firedoglake is probably getting a ton of hits about this post.

Bush PBS toady Kenneth Tomlinson, the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, commissioned a study of PBS programming by wholly unqualified conservative activist Fred Mann (who received $14,700 of your tax dollars) to find liberal bias in the programming. In The Nation, here’s a sampling of the “findings.”

Mann begins each of his PBS program summaries with a chart showing guests’ ideological leanings. An “L” denotes guests he judges to be liberal; “C” beside conservatives; “N” beside those who are neutral. Among those Mann designated as conservative is the ex-rapper and actor Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg, best known for his role as a well-endowed porn star in the film Boogie Nights. While Wahlberg used his June 2, 2004, appearance on The Tavis Smiley Show to promote juvenile justice programs–a liberal hallmark–he also said in passing, according to Mann, that Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ “was a good thing.” Another Tavis Smiley guest, Everlast, the rock-rapper who once fronted the Irish-American rap trio House of Pain, was dubbed a “C” for his opinion that some rap music is “sending a bad message to youth.” And Henry Rollins, the former singer for the legendary hardcore-punk band Black Flag, was labeled conservative for stating, in Mann’s words, that “people who have problems with the war should support the troops.” Apparently, feeling sympathy for American servicemen and women is strictly “C.”

Jane wrote Henry Rollins to see what he thought of Mann’s assessment. Go read his reply to Jane, it’s a screamer.

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