A Man in Sesame Strife

PROFILE Is Kenneth Tomlinson trying to save public broadcasting--or turn PBS into G.O.P. TV?

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson's tenure as chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been sponsored by the letter c, for controversy. In 2003 he became the head of the board, which oversees and funds public TV and radio. Since then, the Republican has fought what some conservatives consider PBS's liberal bias and been accused of partisanship. PBS has had a string of culture-war flare-ups, including a spat over an episode of the kids' program Postcards from Buster that featured two lesbian moms. Prominent Democrats last week called for Tomlinson's resignation, while some House Republicans tried to slash the CPB's funding by $100...