Our feisty local tabloid has found the perfect target:
Brie-eating, Chardonnay-sipping, taxpayer-dollar-sucking public television.
As in, local public broadcaster WGBH.
Yesterday’s Boston Herald front page:
The flagship of public television, WGBH — which claims taxpayer money accounts for just a small fraction of its budget — has in fact scored more than $80 million in obscure federal handouts over the past half-dozen years, a Herald review found.
The public broadcasting titan has pulled in more than $50 million in federal funding over the past six years from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — including $11.5 million this year, or about 8 percent of its 2011 operating budget.
However, WGBH honchos acknowledged yesterday they have received another $80 million in federal money for various programming . . .
This is the perfect sturm und drang for the Herald: class warfare, taxpayer dollars, sitting duck.
(The hardworking staff knows its use of sturm und drang plants it squarely in the Herald’s crosshairs, but that’s life. Also in the disclosure department: I used to work at WGBH. Then again, so did Howie Carr.)
The whole NPR/PBS/liberal bias rumpus is catnip to the Herald.
Prediction: They won’t let up sooner than they have to.