“Impartial” PBS journalist wants Democrats to politicize the census

by editor on March 9, 2009

census 2010Taxpayer-funded PBS journalist Bonnie Erbe has some advice for Democrats: politicize the 2010 Census, then use the biased numbers to jam pack Congress full of left wing wackos.

“Depoliticize the Census?” PSB “journalist” she wrote in her blog at US News & World Report. “Surely they jest!”

“The Census is part of the spoils of victory for whichever party controls the White House at the turn of each decade,” she added. “Gerrymandering—using Census data to create voting districts that artificially lean toward one end of the political spectrum or the other—is as uniquely an American tradition as Thanksgiving. The thought of trying to depoliticize the census is, well, decidedly un-American.”

Let us now translate Erbe’s concluding sentence.

What she said was, “So gerrymander away with the 2010 Census and spare us the theatrics of trying to look nonpartisan.”

What she meant was, “This could guarantee another generation of funding for the partisan hacks at PBS.”

Link: Bonnie Erbe’s blog

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Jude March 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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Well, that’s ignorant of her. The state governments (i.e. legislatures) handle the redistricting, not the feds, much less the president.

ifticar March 10, 2009 at 1:53 am

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At least she honest. That is more than I can say for that sneaky little b*i*t*c*h, Obama.

James McEnanly March 10, 2009 at 4:44 am

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If the numbers of the Census are known to be politicized, could any statistics from the Commerce department be assumed to be accurate? What better way to lower the unemployment rate than by simply counting in a way favorable to the party in power? They tried this sort of thing in the old Soviet Union. It didn’t work out very well.

Richard Lee Dechert March 28, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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Impartial” PBS journalist wants Democrats to politicize the census

–There is no totally “Impartial” reporter, editor, publisher or blog moderator. Your piece is an obvious example of that.

Taxpayer-funded PBS journalist Bonnie Erbe has some advice for Democrats: politicize the 2010 Census, then use the biased numbers to jam pack Congress full of left wing wackos.”

–Bonnie Erbe is not a “PBS journalist”; she’s a contributing editor at “US News & World Report,” which copyrighted her piece. PBS had no role in producing or distributing it.

–Bonnie hosts the long-running, weekly, 30-min. “To the Contrary” all-female public affairs program that’s distributed by PBS to many but not all of the 355 local PBS-affiliated stations. It airs Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in my area. To my knowledge she has rarely if ever discussed the Census on her show; if she has it’s been debated by an ideologically well-balanced panel of weekly guests.

–The show is produced by private Persephone Productions (which is solely responsible for its content) in association with Maryland Public Television. It’s funded by private corporations and foundations;
only the relatively small cost of PBS distribution and local station transmission is partially, indirectly funded by taxpayers.
It’s a long stretch to claim she’s personally
“Taxpayer funded.”

–The annual direct and indirect federal, state and in some cases municipal funding that commercial TV and radio stations receive far exceeds the funding that PBS receives. The U.S. ranks last among Western nations in annual per-capita funding of public TV and radio.

–Nowhere in her piece does Bonnie ADVISE Democrats to “politicize the 2010 Census.” Based on her understanding of American political history, the “Census is part of the spoils of victory for whichever party controls the White House at the turn of each decade. . . . Gerrymandering—using Census data to create voting districts that artificially lean toward one end of the political spectrum or the other—is as uniquely an American tradition as Thanksgiving. . . .”

Let us now translate Erbe’s concluding sentence.

What she said was, “So gerrymander away with the 2010 Census and spare us the theatrics of trying to look nonpartisan.”

–She didn’t say that.

What she meant was, “This could guarantee another generation of funding for the partisan hacks at PBS.”

–There is no significant, historical cause-and-effect relationship between “funding
. . . at PBS” and gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts. Your “translat(ion)” of what “she meant” is crudely “partisan” and factually absurd.

Richard Lee Dechert (speaking for myself)