By John Peters
September 29, 2013
Quite a few folks across the state have risen up to protest Senate Leader Phil Berger’s appointment of Orson Scott Card to the University of North Carolina Television trustee board.
Last week those protests took the form of a petition, with a reported 19,000 signatures, being delivered to Berger’s Raleigh office, led by someone dressed as Sesame Street’s Big Bird character.
Their issue seems to be that Card is a critic of same-sex marriage, and has written an article calling President Barack Obama a dictator.
Card is a world-renowned writer, best known for his work in the science fiction genre, but one who has not limited his writings to that field. He is a college professor and a magazine publisher, and it would seem is well-qualified for a seat on the public television governing board.
If those serving on that board all have to be of one political persuasion, or must pass some political correctness test in order to be appointed, then public television in North Carolina becomes no more than a cheap public relations machine.
Card is well qualified for this post, whether or not one agrees with his political leanings. We hope, if that’s all there is, that Berger will file the petition away and stay the course with Card as his nominee.