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ALABAMA: Public Television Officials Fired For Objecting To Crackpot David Barton

The Alabama Educational Television Commission has fired two local PBS executives after they objected to the planned airing of a series by historical revisionist David Barton. Barton is known for claiming that there's a biblical basis to every aspect of American law.
AETC Commissioner Rodney Herring, an Opelika-based chiropractor, had provided the series to APT for broadcast consideration. Herring joined the commission last year and was elected board secretary in January. [snip] Herring was appointed by former Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican, in early 2011, according to [fired executive Pauline] Howland. She participated in the staff review of Barton’s series. The programs “talked about how our government forefathers were very religious men,” Howland said, “how the country was founded on religious principles, and how we need to go back to that.” The content “was very much advocating that position,” she said. Pizzato and his staff had “grave concerns” that the videos were inappropriate for public broadcasting due to their religious nature, Howland said.
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