The left attacks the Koch brothers for giving money to… PBS?

A recent episode of PBS’ award-winning science program NOVA on the issue of Global Warming was deemed insufficiently doomsday, so the left has hit on a curious explanation for why this happened — funding from one the conservative villains du jour, the Koch brothers:

Letters started arriving in the inbox of PBS ombusdman Michael Getler when a three-part NOVA series called “Becoming Human” ran in the wake of the New Yorker story, Getler wrote on the station’s website. With the Koch conservative agenda now on everyone’s mind, a few jumped to conclusions regarding one of the messages of the “Becoming Human” special — that our species has endured climate changes before and shouldn’t worry about them. Because Mayer’s piece and Frank Rich’s column in the Times both mentioned that the Koch brothers have funded global warming deniers, the letters accused Nova of shaping the programming in order to keep the Koch wallet close. One viewer from Brooklyn wrote “I am unable to trust anything I saw on that program.” Dave Lucia from Denver wrote “What a shame that Nova sold itself to this pernicious bidder.” Arden Collier from Vallejo, California wrote “I expect better from PBS.”

NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell wrote a statement denying these accuasations, assuring viewers that NOVA “maintains complete, independent editorial control of its content.” Getler, who is a pretty objective party in this whole mess, said he trusts NOVA, and called it a “consistently first-rate program.”

Something tells me that David Koch is too busy to be bothered with meddling in the writing and production of PBS science specials. In 2008, NOVA dedicated two hours to exploring how science contradicts the Bible, so the program is not exactly known for its conservative bias. If David Koch want to fund it, you’d think liberals would be happy — but no good deed goes unpunished when it’s done by someone who has the temerity to believe in free markets.

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