Monday, June 20, 2005

Save NPR and PBS

There are fewer and fewer sources of information one can turn to in this country which offer detailed and non-partisan information, in addition to programming not driven by its abiliity to sell soap.

Please continue to provide funding for both NPR and PBS.

Only an information outlet not dependant on market forces can provide the public with the kind of information it needs in order to responsibly govern themselves.

I actually heard a congressman say the other day that NPR and PBS were obsolete (like the United Nations) because anything you can get on those outlets you can get in a market driven network like the History Channel or The Learning Channel.

What he meant was that anything which strives to be non-partisan is liberal and should be done away with because it isn't Republican. Anything which is not market driven is communist.

Look, if they can use our tax dollars to broadcast Rush Limbaugh to our troops overseas, they can continue to use our tax dollars to support the Corporation for Public Broadcasting at home.

You know that email petition that keeps circulating about how Congress is slashing funding for NPR and PBS? Well, now it's actually true. (Really. Check at the bottom if you don't believe me.)

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS:

A House committee has voted to slash half of the federal funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.

The cuts would eliminate more than $200 million for NPR, PBS and local stations immediately, with more cuts likely in the future. The loss could kill beloved children's shows like "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur," and "Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.

The House will vote on the cuts as soon as Tuesday. Can you help us reach 1 million signatures calling on Congress to save NPR and PBS?


P.S. Read the New York Times story on the threat to NPR and PBS at:


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