Friday, June 09, 2006

Save NPR and PBS (again)

As part of its very clever information corruption campaign, the people behind the 1994 GOP takeover of the House have been spamming us with fake emails about votes to eliminate NPR. So, I'll say that this one is real.

I was an early member of MoveOn, when it was about forcing out members of Congress that had participated in the impeachment of President Clinton. However, they officially promote the canard that the Green Party threw the 2000 election to George Bush, so I don't belong now or donate to them. They do do good work, though, and this is what they're working on now.


Everyone expected House Republicans to give up efforts to kill NPR and PBS after a massive public outcry stopped them last year. But they've just voted to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS—unbelievably, starting with programs like "Sesame Street."

Public broadcasting would lose nearly a quarter of its federal funding this year. Even worse, all funding would be eliminated in two years--threatening one of the last remaining sources of watchdog journalism.

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS again this year:

Last year, millions of us took action to save NPR and PBS, and Congress listened. We can do it again if enough of us sign the petition in time.

This would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting. The Boston Globe reports the cuts "could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs." NPR's president expects rural public radio stations may be forced to shut down.

The House and Senate are deciding if public broadcasting will survive, and they need to hear from viewers like you. Sign the petition at:


P.S. Read the Boston Globe story on the threat to NPR and PBS at:

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