Bush uses recess to push forward Bell nom


WASHINGTON -- President Bush used a recess appointment last week to thwart those in Congress who were holding up the nomination of outspoken conservative television sitcom producer Warren Bell to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The nomination was stalled by several members of the Senate Commerce Committee who fear Bell will inject more politics in the private nonprofit that distributes federal funds to public television and radio stations.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Bush believes Bell's 17 years of experience in network television give him the right credentials for the post.

Bell, executive producer of ABC's "According to Jim," said he hopes to strengthen public broadcasting during his time on the board.