PBS Fires Counsel Who Wanted Trump Supporters’ Kids in Re-education Camps

PBS announced on Tuesday that it fired Michael Beller, its principal counsel, after a Project Veritas investigation revealed Beller’s remarks regarding the seizure and “re-education” of President Donald Trump supporters’ children.

PBS responded to Project Veritas on Twitter. It tweeted, “PBS response to Project Veritas, ‘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.’”

PBS added:

‘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.’

Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keef, noted PBS’s termination of Beller.

PBS, a left-wing news media outlet, benefits from 501(c)(3) charitable status with the IRS through its PBS Foundation, a national umbrella organization supporting its local affiliates. Its registration as a charity provides PBS with exemptions from federal income taxes while allowing it to issue charitable receipts for donations from its benefactors. It also receives direct federal government funding, with its local affiliates receiving various funds from state and local governments.

PBS markets itself as a non-partisan and politically objective operation.

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