Thursday, October 23, 2008

Did PBS bury controversial torture documentary?

By Ryan Powers on Oct 14th, 2008
Did PBS bury controversial torture documentary under pressure from Bush administration?

Scott Horton reports today that PBS may have refused to nationally air a controversial documentary on the use of torture by the U.S. government in order to protect its funding. Previously, the Bush administration threatened to cut PBS’s funding after it aired Bush’s War, a Frontline special critical of the war in Iraq:

On Thursday evening WNET in New York will air an important new documentary by Emmy and Dupont Award winning producer Sherry Jones entitled “Torturing Democracy.” It appears on WNET and several other affiliates independently because PBS would not run the show.

According to producer Sherry Jones, PBS told her that “no time slot could be found for the documentary before January 21, 2009? — the day after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney leave office.

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