The Journal Editorial Report | December 2, 2005 | PBS
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December 2, 2005

Farewell PBS
Journal Editorial Cast
Journal Editorial Report panel: Paul Gigot, Melanie Kirkpatrick, Jason Riley, Bret Stephens, Daniel Henninger, Rob Pollock, Kimberley Strassel. Not pictured: Stephen Moore, Dorothy Rabinowitz, Holman Jenkins, John Fund and James Taranto.

This is our last show on PBS, and we have many people to thank for helping us during the 15 months that we have been invited into your homes. Our executive producer, Paul Friedman, and his talented crew, helped us to sharpen our thinking and made us look and sound better than we had a right to expect. Our sponsors, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Royal Dutch Shell, allowed us the freedom to speak our minds. I would especially like to thank the former chairman of the CPB, Ken Tomlinson, for defending the importance of balance and diversity on public television. To the many PBS stations that carried us around the country, thank you for your commitment to public affairs programming that represents more than one point of view. We wish every station shared that commitment.

Most of all, thanks to you, our viewers, for allowing us to share your time. The fact that many of you surely disagreed with some, or even all, of what we said makes us all the more grateful that you have been willing to hear us out. Too much of our political debate these days is accusatory and shrill, and we've tried on this program to engage in a debate over ideas, rather than about motives. The clash of ideas is essential to our democracy. And as long as taxpayer-supported public broadcasting exists, we think it has an obligation to represent all of the public.

Thanks again, and farewell.