It may almost be a tired cliche to say public broadcasting is supposed to serve the people, but when it doesn’t do its job, it clouds the understanding of the viewing public.
In 2006, a FAIR study found that the esteemed Jim Lehrer and the NewsHour programmed exercised a lack of balance.
Some of the important findings were that public interest groups accounted for just four percent of total sources, male sources outnumbered women by more than 4-to-1, people of color made up only 15 percent of U.S. sources, Republicans outnumbered Democrats on the NewsHour by 2-to-1, “stay the course” sources outnumbered pro-withdrawal sources more than 5-to-1, and segments on Hurricane Katrina accounted for less than 10 percent of all sources, but provided nearly half (46 percent) of all African-American sources.
NewsHour is being dishonest when their own ombudsmen Ken Bode called their flagship show, “the mothership of balance.” FAIR has made it clear that this is not nearly the case.
NewsHour is supposed to be an alternative to corporate media, who aims to entertain and serve their own agendas.
With the facts and findings put forth by FAIR, it is clear that NewsHour has an agenda, and is serving that rather than the viewing public.
In their 2006 broadcasts, PBS had become what is supposed to be their worst enemy.