A note from the Public Editor about a Project Veritas web post
Dozens from the audiences of the Public Broadcasting Service sent commentary to us on Tuesday, January 12, regarding a post on the website of the group, Project Veritas, which routinely targets journalists and has been found to have produced deceptive videos. The post features a videotaped conversation with a PBS employee. PBS has issued the following statement:
This employee no longer works for PBS. As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions. There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions. We strongly condemn violence and will continue to do what we have done for 50 years – use our national platform and local presence to strengthen communities and bring people together.
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