Colorado’s Channel 12, during its current pledge drive, is running what amounts to an infomercial for an “alternative” Texas cancer clinic run by Stanislaw Burzynski (who’s raked in millions of dollars for unapproved and unproven cancer treatments). Burzynski has frequently been at odds (and in trouble with) regulators from the Texas Medical Board to the FDA over his treatments as well as other interesting legal entanglements.
It appears that this isn’t the first time that this PBS affiliate has promoted “maverick” health care, and its current excuse is that viewers can decide for themselves what to believe (an argument I doubt they’d be making if (for example), a “white pride” group wanted to run a video on race relations during the station’s fund drive).
This type of behavior gives PBS in general a black eye, but if you think PBS officials care about what garbage their affiliates promote, you’d be wrong.
If my local PBS affiliate tried to pull stunts like this I suspect there’d be an uproar, but it looks like woo-friendly audiences in some locales are far more “tolerant”. :dubious: