CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1990 |
A conservative media watchdog organization that criticized Los Angeles public television station KCET for airing the newsmagazine "South Africa Now" has asked the Federal Communications Commission not to renew the station's license. The 50-member Committee on Media Integrity filed a petition to deny license renewal with the FCC on Monday, according to its chairman, David Horowitz, a former '60s radical who rejected the left and co-wrote "Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the '60s."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1990 |
Under increasing pressure from community groups, members of its own staff and a major public-television station in New York, KCET Channel 28 reversed itself Friday and said that it will continue to broadcast the news magazine "South Africa Now." Station manager Stephen Kulczycki, backed by president William Kobin, said in a statement that he had screened an upcoming segment of the program and was "delighted" to determine that he no longer found it biased or unbalanced.
October 20, 1990 |
Claiming that the series "South Africa Now" is biased in favor of the African National Congress, programmers at Los Angeles public-television station KCET have decided not to carry the public-affairs program when its new season begins in November. The Committee on Media Integrity, a conservative media coalition, claimed victory Friday for the decision.
December 8, 1990
In his Nov. 19 column, "Maria's Story: The Saga Continues," Howard Rosenberg complained that the El Salvador guerrillas do not get enough favorable TV attention. He evidently hasn't been paying attention to KCET, the Los Angeles public television station. It has repeatedly broadcast a show, "Stories From El Salvador," which smears the government, presents the rebels as innocent agrarians and is so confused that it does not tell who is who or what the issues are. For example: It shows a so-called cooperative of farmers who moved into "vacant" land to cultivate it, without explaining how it happened to be vacant--undoubtedly because those who owned and farmed it had been murdered or driven off by the guerrillas.
December 15, 1990
Bravo! I salute Howard Rosenberg's column in speaking up for equal time for the other side of a controversy that is dividing the nation. I am myself pro-choice on the abortion issue, but as someone concerned with media and with the future of civilized dialogue in this country I feel the defense of balance and of respect for difference is vital for our democratic future. In the past, I have felt that he has only spoken up for balance when he felt that points of view on the liberal-left side of the divide did not get an airing.
November 2, 1991
Howard Rosenberg's lengthy apologetic " 'P.O.V.' Answers Criticism From Conservatives," (Calendar, Oct. 25) eloquently illustrates how politically biased The Times' coverage of public television has become. If the left needs a champion to defend it against "Criticism From Conservatives," The Times' TV critic is there to provide it. But no such champion appears on behalf of the other side of the spectrum. Rosenberg's response, in other words, is just another contribution to his ongoing defense and promotion of the left-wing fare of public television.