Bill Aims To Monitor AFRTS For Political Talk "Balance"
October 28, 2005 at 7:05 AM (PT)
After the dispute that saw JONES/P1's ED SCHULTZ added, then dropped from AMERICAN FORCES RADIO, Sen, TOM HARKIN (D-IA) has introduced a bill to appoint an ombudsman to monitor political balance at the AMERICAN FORCES RADIO AND TV NETWORK. The bill is aimed at AFRTS' carriage of conservative RUSH LIMBAUGH but no commercial liberal talk shows (the network does carry NPR talk programming, which conservative critics would characterize as liberal-leaning and liberal critics would not).
SCHULTZ recently charged that AFRTS had agreed to add his show but reneged after he went on the air and criticized Deputy Ass't. Sec'y. of Defense ALLISON BARBER for what he charged was "coaching" soldiers for a video conference with President BUSH.