This week we’ve explored the curious case of Democrat Ken Hodges, candidate for Attorney General (Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter) and the mystifying actions he allegedly took in his official capacity as the then-District Attorney of Dougherty County in a matter of whistle blowers and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany. We’ve also examined the actions of Republican candidate for Governor, State Rep. Austin Scott (Website | Facebook |Twitter) who has been trying for years to uncover the allegedly systemic abuse of some non-profit hospitals like Phoebe Putney with regard to their charitable obligations as tax-exempt entities.
Now, a documentary has been completed on this most interesting matter. Titled Do No Harm, the documentary is produced by The Kindling Group, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to creating documentary films that explore critical social issues and channeling them into powerful tools for community engagement and change.”
Guess who won’t let this documentary air in Georgia?
Nancy Zintak, a spokeswoman for Georgia Public Broadcasting, said the statewide network has rejected the film. “The reason that we’re not airing it is basically is it was not balanced,” Zintak said. “It didn’t come to us like a vetted news journalistic program like ‘Frontline.’ It came from an independent, non-journalistic producer. There was no attempt to show another point of view.
“The door is not closed on the film, but as it stands right now, it wasn’t up to standards,” Zintak said.
Let’s see who Nancy Zintak thinks is up to her standards, then.
Uhhh, Nancy Grace meets Zintak’s standards for fair and balanced? Nancy Grace?!? The woman who is nightly on the attack, irrespective of the facts? That Nancy Grace? And she’s going to work on a show called “Swift Justice”!?!
But for Zintak to promote her reasons for not airing the documentary makes one wonder what those that have aired Do No Harm saw that she missed. Yes, quite a few other PBS stations nationwide have aired Do No Harm. For example:
* San Francisco, CA (KQED)
* Albuquerque, NM (KENW)
* Appleton, MN (KWCM)
* South Carolina State Network (Statewide PBS System)
* Louisiana State Network (Statewide PBS System)
* New Orleans (WLAE)
* East Lansing, MI (WKAR)
* Detroit, MI (WTVS)
* West Virginia (WVPB)
* Maryland Public Television (Statewide PBS System)
I wonder why ten PBS stations or networks felt that Do No Harm was perfectly reasonable to air there (including our neighboring state of South Carolina) but Zintak’s superiors felt that it couldn’t air here because of “bias.”
Surely it wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that two of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Corporate Sponsors are the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Wellstar Health Systems, both members of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, a network of non-profit hospitals just like Phoebe Putney (which was the target of the documentary)?
Nah, I’m sure that’s just a coincidence…
Do No Harm is available for purchase, by the way.