“It has the appearance of the political manipulation of the public airwaves. This stinks of cronyism.”

So says Ashlie Wilson Pendley in her resignation letter from Georgia Public Broadcasting published in Creative Loafing, and also by Jim Galloway in his Daily Jolt.  Pendley is resigning “in protest” over the hiring of Chip Rogers at GPB, especially over his $150,000 salary, and more especially over hiring anyone at that salary level during a time of supposedly necessary budget cuts.

Read the whole thing, because it’s going to leave a mark.

17 comments

  1. Three Jack says:

    Thanks for making this a front pager Mike…might have gotten lost in the morning reads where the discussion was just getting started.

  2. gcp says:

    Agree $150,000 job for Rogers is absurd but how many other $100,000 positions are there at GPB? Some of the programming is good but does the state need to fund almost 50% of their budget? Hey Ga. Legislators, how about we eliminate state funding for GPB and let them function as a private entity. In that case I would not care how much they pay Chip Rogers or any of their employees.

  3. xdog says:

    “Not including Rogers”

    That would be a solution. Let him get back in the motel business, or jump into talk radio, or find a foundation of paranoids to fund him. Just get make him go away.

  4. atlanta_advocate says:

    Sorry. If the issue is objecting to a Republican working for GPB, that dog isn’t going to hunt.

    • novicegirl says:

      The Republican working for GPB is a collateral issue to joke about. The real issue should hit you like an 18 wheeler going 100 mph.

      • notsplost says:

        Absolutely … and this goes a lot deeper than just another story about cronyism and the greased skids leading from the Gold Dome to a cush job in the private (sorta) sector.

        I can’t find a mission statement on the GPB website, but I’d imagine if they had one it wouldn’t describe GPB as providing a propaganda arm for the Governor, nor would it say that their goal is to become another “Chamber of Commerce” operation, constantly touting “jobs” and economic development, while ignoring any side effects such as sweetheart tax breaks for developers or environmental impacts, not to mention the ridiculous notion that they might actually want to do an investigative piece on some of the same companies that supposedly bring “economic development.”

        Just another example of the politicization of everything …

        • atlanta_advocate says:

          “Just another example of the politicization of everything …”

          Riiight. As if PBS/GPB was apolitical and neutral before. Not!!!

          “ut I’d imagine if they had one it wouldn’t describe GPB as providing a propaganda arm for the Governor, nor would it say that their goal is to become another “Chamber of Commerce” operation, constantly touting “jobs” and economic development, while ignoring any side effects such as sweetheart tax breaks for developers or environmental impacts, not to mention the ridiculous notion that they might actually want to do an investigative piece on some of the same companies that supposedly bring “economic development.””

          Thanks for proving my point. You want GPB to remain leftist and do not want a pro-business conservative providing an alternative point of view. It is similar to how “campaign finance reform” types who “want to take the corrupting influence of money out of politics” are only concerned with silencing conservative, libertarian or pro-business corporations and philanthropists like the Koch Brothers and ALEC, never progressive/liberal organizations and donors like unions, Emily’s List (which is actually praised by the left and the “mainstream” media), George Soros and Warren Buffett.

          I am not a fan of Chip Rogers either. But the fact is that no one cared about hiring, budgeting and qualifications issues at GBP until they hired their sole Republican. It is funny. George Stephanopoulos got a huge gig on ABC News despite no background in journalism whatsoever and nobody says a peep. Chelsea Clinton gets a sweet gig at NBC despite lacking the background or talent and nobody says a thing. But Chip Rogers goes and works for GPB and it is an outrage that cannot be countenanced.

          • notsplost says:

            No, I want GPB to be an independent media voice and serve the entire spectrum of the state, not just the chamber of commerce crowd.

            Bias is bad in either direction.

  5. Things are coming into focus. This is the John Barge article on the Budget post.
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    The most obvious evidence that the governor has placed Barge in time-out: The Department of Education had been splitting the costs with Georgia Public Broadcasting for a program in which teachers can access math and science material – created by the Discovery Channel – through the GPB network.

    Next year, Barge’s budget will be docked for the entire cost – nearly $1 million. But GPB will be given total control of the money.

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