Marquette Warrior: CBS News Staffers Upset About Religious “Free Speech”

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

CBS News Staffers Upset About Religious “Free Speech”

From the Los Angeles Times, a piece about the ratings problems that Katie Couric has been having as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”

The following jumped out:
Some of the staff have privately expressed concerns about changes to the broadcast, particularly a segment called “Free Speech,” a platform for opinions from around the country.

Last week, executive producer Rome Hartman received strong protests from the newsroom after airing a commentary by Brian Rohrbough, the father of a student slain at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999. In addressing recent school shootings in Colorado and Pennsylvania, Rohrbough said the public schools have taught students in a “moral vacuum” by emphasizing evolution and keeping religion out of the classroom.

Critics complained the opinion piece was not relevant to the current tragedies, especially since the most recent shooting happened at an Amish school.
Would the liberal CBS staffers have expressed any “concerns” if instead of a Christian parent a liberal activist had delivered a Jeremiad on the need for gun control?

I think we all know the answer to that.


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