Archive for October 7th, 2005

7th October
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, October 7, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Last March, in this space, I got into a bit of a dust-up with the public television establishment over the content of two programs on education then being produced, and their sponsorship. I suggested that they were a form of infomercial, funded by foundations to advance the educational programs they favored and financed.

I am an aficionado of the cooking programs that appear on public television.These are sometimes produced with funding from companies in the business of selling cooking items. While pioneers such as Julia Child did what she did with little or no regard to her underwriters, I have noted recently that many of the hosts promote the products of their funders. So the Italian chef, sponsored by the olive oil company, will drown his or her concoctions in extra virgin oil. (more…)