I'll keep this short. It didn't take much digging to find a THIRD WAY connection to the leadership of the PBS Foundation.
Also, if you missed this diary yesterday, Progressive THIRD WAY FOUNDATION- Funded by the WALTONS perusing it will add some insight to the following.
I've been watching PBS News Hour for decades. I can't be the only one that has noticed the shift to the Right of Center at PBS News Hour and the lack of great investigative journalism we so enjoyed.
Although, I sure do love The World Channel, which I think is funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I miss the old PBS, especially Friday nights. You can find Bill Moyers on the World Channel now. In my area PBS is on Channel 7.1 and the the World Channel is on 7.2.
And maybe I'm a bit over sensitive, but I feel tensions at the News Hour these days, as if everyone is walking on thin ice or egg shells. I can see it in the faces of some of my favorite journalists. I could be wrong.
And we know that David Koch is a major funder of the Nova Series.
That said, a trip to Muckety Maps makes it clear why we are seeing the shift.
These maps show the connections between the PBS Foundation executives,Donald A. Baer, and John Edward Porter, the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the Chertoff Group, Mark Penn, and many insider DC players.
Donald Baer and John Porter are both Directors of the PBS Foundation. Both are members of CFR as seen in this chart:
Michael Chertoff's The Chertoff Group is a Burson-Marsteller strategic advisor.
You may recall that Mr. Chertoff helped with the sale of Blackwater/Xe, which is interesting because you will see that Burson-Marsteller was an Abu Dhabi consulting firm. Eric Prince moved to Abu Dhabi with the $400,000,000 he made selling both Blackwater and his Aviation company.
It is also interesting to note that Mark Penn (Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager and founder of THIRD WAY), is also the former President & CEO of Burson-Marsteller.
Here is the link to the larger and interactive map if you want to dig deeper.
The names in gold boxes on the top of the map are the primary people at Burson. The teal blue boxes on the left are Burson subsidiaries, the blue green boxes are former clients, and gold boxes to the right with dotted lines are former Burson personnel.
John Edward Porter is a Partner of Hogan Lovells and a member of CFR as seen in the map below.
You will note that two Hogan advisors, John W Warner and HP Goldfield are also members of CFR.
To the left you will find the Partners. In the lower middle you will find the names of firms merged into Hogan Lovells, and to the right you will find former personnel.
This information helps understand the shift to the right we are witnessing at The PBS Newshour.