Now there’s a deal that will make the film available to 354 public TV stations nationwide. With a slight catch.
A documentary billed as “the film PBS doesn’t want you to see” will at long last get a national audience.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) announced a joint agreement yesterday to make “Islam vs. Islamists” available to the 354 Public Broadcasting Service member stations across the nation as a “stand-alone” TV program, with a little extra embellishment.
“We plan to distribute the film to any public broadcasting station that wants it. We’ll package it and also produce some sort of discussion to accompany the film, and give it some context,” OPB President Steve Bass told The Washington Times yesterday.
Details like airtimes and dates, and the nature and extent of the “context” that will be added to the show, have yet to be hammered out. We’re awaiting a reaction from Mr. Gaffney to the deal, and we’ll have that reaction here when we get it.
Update: We have a reaction from the producers of Islam vs Islamists.
The travesty that has characterized the public broadcasting system’s handling of a taxpayer-underwritten documentary, “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center,” continued with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announcing yesterday that it had reached an agreement with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) to distribute the film. Unfortunately, while this announcement was momentarily perceived as a victory by many who have been outraged by the suppression of this movie by the Public Broadcasting Service and its Washington station, WETA, in reality it amounts to nothing more than a desperate effort by CPB to dispose of the film in the face of mounting pressure from Congress, the media and the public to allow its immediate, national distribution.
The rest of ABG Films’ reaction is here.