Your tax dollars at work

Ed Lasky
Tavis Smiley is slated to host two presidential candidate forums on PBS.  Are we to take seriously the prospect of an even-handed examination of both Democrat and Republican candidates from him? Is this an appropriate expenditure of taxpayer PBS funds!

Mr. Smiley has previously spoken glowingly of Louis Farrakhan. His interview with Farrakhan (who has made scathing remarks about whites, Jews and the Jewish religion) can be found here and here. It is a laudatory interview; Smiley provided a forum for Farrakhan to espouse his views and Smiley, a la Larry King, let him ramble on without addressing Farrakhan's prejudice.

Tavis Smiley is slated to host two presidential candidate forums on PBS.  Are we to take seriously the prospect of an even-handed examination of both Democrat and Republican candidates from him? Is this an appropriate expenditure of taxpayer PBS funds!

Mr. Smiley has previously spoken glowingly of Louis Farrakhan. His interview with Farrakhan (who has made scathing remarks about whites, Jews and the Jewish religion) can be found here and here. It is a laudatory interview; Smiley provided a forum for Farrakhan to espouse his views and Smiley, a la Larry King, let him ramble on without addressing Farrakhan's prejudice.