Viewers speak out on MPT programming decision

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David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun comments on a monthslong controversy he sparked with a column on Maryland Public Television’s decision not to carry two docs: “It started in December when I complained on the blog about MPT not airing two extraordinary independent films from the celebrated PBS series Independent Lens and P.O.V. One was Doc, a revelatory biography of the post-World War II literary figure and founder of The Paris Review, Harold ‘Doc'” Humes. The other was Inheritance, the searing account of a woman named Monika Hertwig and her journey to come to terms with the legacy of having a father who was a Nazi camp commandant.” Zurawick writes he was “floored by the response to that post among area viewers who were clearly fans of public TV–not MPT.”