Top Planned Parenthood Flack Worked for PBS, NBC News

National   |   Tim Graham   |   Feb 6, 2011   |   5:48PM   |   Washington, DC

The brewing controversy over Planned Parenthood officials being caught on video trying to help cover up potential sex crimes is being tamped down by one Stuart Schear, their vice president for communications.

On CNN, he kept denouncing pro-lifers for being “very extreme” and opposing “health care” for women.

It may surprise no one, but Schear is a veteran of the liberal media, having spent five years as a producer for Jim Lehrer at the PBS NewsHour and a year at NBC News. He also spent a year on the Bill Clinton White House staff. From the Planned Parenthood press release last year:

As a health care journalist for the PBS NewsHour and NBC News, Schear reported on major health stories, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.  At the White House, Schear managed the television news interview operation for the Clinton administration in 1996 and 1997. While working for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Schear created and managed two major national advocacy campaigns: the Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School-Campaign, which connects low-income families to health care coverage for their children through Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program; and Cover the Uninsured Week, the largest ongoing campaign to draw attention to the plight of the 46 million Americans who have no health care coverage.

Schear’s profile at LinkedIn says he worked at PBS from 1990 to 1995, in the White House in 1996 and 1997, and at NBC in 1997 and 1998. He also worked at New York PBS superstation WNET in 1986-87. He may be really earning his money right now, since the networks remain silent on the Live Action exposes of Planned Parenthood. Note: Tim Graham is the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group. He was a White House correspondent for World magazine in 2001 and 2002. This originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site.