Public television: Community-based WETA beats state-run MPT

July 06, 2011

With regard to the piece on state-run public TV, David Zurawik gets to the heart of the matter when he says, "the community-based formula, as practiced at WETA in Washington, is vastly superior in terms of guaranteeing editorial independence and community access." ("Chris Christie's take on state-run public TV outlets — like MPT," July 5.)

While Gov. Martin O'Malley may be completely blameless, the door is wide open for the abuse of power by less-then-honorable officials.

This situation should cause considerable disquiet to those who are quick to voice their concern about liberty.

George F. Spicka, Baltimore

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