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Rep. Sherman Reminds CPB of "Mandate for Objectivity and Balance"

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) has become the second member of Congress to remind the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that its attempt to upgrade objectivity and balance compliance must not inadvertently dilute the statute under which recipients like National Public Radio operate.
In an October 8, 2008 letter to CPB Chair Chris Boskin, Rep. Sherman re-emphasized Congress' expectation that CPB will monitor recipients' "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature" — including Arab-Israel reporting — and not attempt to substitute a vague "fairness over time" approach. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) previously reminded CPB of its existing, though as yet unfulfilled, obligation to review objectivity and balance compliance.

The letter follows (click for larger image):

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