To one of our commenters, Kenneth Tomlinson — the disgraced former chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — is an innocent man just trying to get at the truth.
Well, not according to the corporation’s inspector general:
A report by the corporation’s inspector general, sent to Congress on Tuesday, described a dysfunctional organization that appeared to have violated the Public Broadcasting Act, which created the corporation and was written to insulate programming decisions from politics.
The former chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, who was ousted from the board two weeks ago when it was presented with the details of the report in a closed session, has said he sought to enforce a provision of the broadcasting act meant to ensure objectivity and balance in programming.
But in the process, the report said, Mr. Tomlinson repeatedly crossed statutory boundaries that had set up the corporation as a “heat shield” to protect public radio and television from political interference….
The report said investigators found evidence that Mr. Tomlinson had violated federal law by being heavily involved in getting more than $4 million for a program featuring writers of the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal.
It said he had imposed a “political test” to recruit a new president of the corporation. And it said his decision to hire Republican consultants to defeat legislation violated contracting rules.