Intrepid and fearless journalist David Sirota broke open the scandal of PBS accepting $3.5 million from the foundation of a billionaire with a strong interest in “reforming” (away) the pensions of public sector workers.

Here Sirota reviews how the story unfolded, how PBS and WNET stone-walled, how the Arnold foundation attempted to distance itself from its funder, and how social media changed everything. A decade ago, no one would have connected the dots. If they had, their article would have been published, dismissed, and forgotten after quick denials. With social media, the spotlight of public scrutiny is brighter.

Thank you, David Sirota. You are the public’s protector and omsbudsman.