According to an exclusive article at RawStory, CBS News has hired Jeff Ballabon as a senior vice president for communications, he will be responsibile for “all media relations and public affairs. This wouldn’t be a big deal except for two things; his bias toward everything Democrat and his ties to Jack Abramoff which translate into he will do anything for a buck. Consider that:
“Ballabon claimed that, after his most recent job in Washington, he became convinced that Democrats are inherently bad people and Republicans are fundamentally good people.”
It gets better,
Ballabon was an executive vice president with Channel One in 1998 when it came under fire from Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). Channel One had developed a comfortable niche providing free educational programming to public schools in exchange for running commercials during the programs, many of them for soda, candy, and other junk food. Responding to complaints from conservative constituents, Shelby expressed concern and called for Congressional hearings.
Channel One quickly hired the lobbying firm of Preston, Gates to head off this threat to its profits, ultimately paying them over a million dollars. Preston, Gates assigned the still-obscure lobbyist Jack Abramoff to the account.
Here is how the deal worked:
Channel One Network, now owned by Primedia, Inc., is the company that loans televisions to public schools, in exchange for the schools agreeing to give Channel One access to schoolchildren for 12 minutes every day. The marketers use this opportunity to present the children with a 10 minute “news” program, generally aired during home room, and two minutes of commercials pushing such products as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Snickers, M&M’s, Twix, Bubble Yum bubble gum, Extra bubble gum and Fruit Loops, among other consumer items.
The advertisers pay a hefty price for the ads, a reported $200,000 for a 30-second spot.
So basically, Ballabon was profiting on the coat-tails of a marketing company who was exposing eight million children across the country to commercials for junk food and soda, among other items and the Democrat are inherently bad people? While these activities may promote tooth decay they certainly do not promote a learning environment or a healthier child, which explains while most schools systems have banned the practice.
Will Ballabon’s influence change CBS and it’s programming, my thought is yes but we shall see. To be honest my opinion of CBS changed after they forced Dan Rather to retract his story about former Pres. Bush’s military service record. Now, Rather is pursuing a $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS for the damage done to his career and reputation. CBS clearly caved in to political pressure from the right and the White House on that issue and with Ballabon at the helm I expect CBS to look more fair and unbalanced lite.