Bad Doggie: Liberal Media Blogger Says Good Riddance to Ken "Cujo" Tomlinson

November 4th, 2005 3:48 PM

Rachel Sklar, an occasional New York Times writer who posts at Mediabistro's blog Fishbowl NY, goes over the deep end in rejoicing at the end of Kenneth Tomlinson's tenure opposing liberal bias (or more accurately, trying to bring on some conservative balance) on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

"The board does not believe that Mr. Tomlinson acted maliciously or with any intent to harm CPB or public broadcasting." I swear to God, this reminds me of a line at the end of "Cujo" by Stephen King, which I read as an eleven year old and made me cry; paraphrased it went something like this: "It must be remembered that Cujo never meant to kill all those people, biting and slashing at their jugulars. He always wanted to be a good dog." Stephen King said it better than me, but it amounts to the same thing: we can't all agree on what it means to be a good dog.

Some have asked: what does Tomlinson stepping down mean? Not much, since his term on the board was nearly up, he was no longer chairman, the new chairman and vice chairman are still conservative, and CPB is still largely powerless to change much of the content on PBS or NPR. But to liberals, who don't have much to celebrate, it's time to party with rabies analogies, apparently.