Alabama has the oldest public television network in the country. I have never known of APT being embroiled in politics, until now:
Dismissals at Alabama PTV linked to concerns over proposed broadcast of videos from religious right
Long-time Executive Director Allan Pizzato and his deputy Pauline Howland were fired last week, and several board members have resigned in the wake of the firings.
Quoting the linked article:"Pizzato had served 12 years as executive director of APT, a statewide network governed by a board of seven political appointees.
Howland, deputy director and chief financial officer, described the firings in an interview with Current and said she was "baffled" by the dismissals. But she also recalled how Pizzato had asked staff in April for advice about a series of videos that AETC commissioners wanted APT to air.
The videos featured David Barton, an evangelical minister and conservative activist whose publications and media appearances promote his theories about the religious intentions of America’s founders. He frequently appears on political commentary programs hosted by conservative Glenn Beck.
The American Heritage Series, a 10-part DVD series offered by Barton’s Texas-based organization WallBuilders LLC, “presents America's forgotten history and heroes, emphasizing the moral, religious and constitutional foundation on which America was built.” Christian broadcast networks Cornerstone Television and Trinity Broadcasting Networks air the series, according to the website."
This is a very, very disturbing development, in my opinion. Alabama has the oldest public television network in the country. No, its not the best. It is hamstrung by lack of funding in a state with serious economic problems, but it has always been there for the citizens of the state, and, in my opinion has benefited us all. I hate to see this kind of trend.
And this kind of step is obviously some kind of effort to "op-ed" PBS programming which is deemed to be filled with liberal bias. It does sound like a plan that an Opelika chiropractor might come up with, but it is no way to run a state public TV network. The airwaves are full of Christian TV stations, who I am sure are already carrying this series. Let them run it, and more power to those stations.
We do not need this type of programming to be force-fed through the public TV network. Think of all the other wonderful content we can now look forward to. I'm depressed.