Tell Congress: Don't pull the plug on NPR and PBS!
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Tell Congress: Don't pull the plug on NPR and PBS!

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April 2011

Victory

Despite a conservative uprising against public media, federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (a non-profit created by Congress that helps fund NPR and PBS) survived an 11th hour deal on a spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

This is a major victory for the public interest media sector and the fight against corporate media monopolies and infotainment. Thanks so much to the thousands who took action!

We're only a few weeks into the 112th Congress, and Republicans are already attempting to pull the plug on public media.

In a budget proposal made public on Wednesday, House Republicans announced plans to zero out all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the nonprofit responsible for funding public media including NPR, PBS, Pacifica and more.

If the Republicans are successful, it would be a tremendous blow to the entire public interest media sector.

Republicans are disingenuously claiming that they need to cut funding for public media because of budgetary constraints. But what they fail to highlight is that national public broadcasting is remarkably cost effective, providing local news and information, free of charge, for millions of viewers while only receiving about .0001% of the federal budget.

More to the point, it's nearly impossible to put a price tag on the actual value of public broadcasting.

Public media is one of the last bulwarks against the corporate media where the combination of consolidation and profit-motive has long since shifted the focused to infotainment rather than substantive news. In many rural and less affluent communities, broadcasters rely on federal funding to provide the only available high-quality news and public affairs programming.

Without public media, corporate media monopolies would increase their already large control of what we see on television, hear on the radio or read in the newspaper.

This outcome should deeply worry all of us. The increased accumulation and consolidation of corporate power is a threat to our democracy. And nowhere is this more evident than in our media.

At a time when media consolidation is shrinking the number of perspectives we have access to over the airwaves and when newsrooms are shrinking, we need more diversity in our media not less. And we simply cannot afford to lose what public media brings to the table.

Conservatives have longed for any opportunity to defund NPR, PBS and other public media. And with Speaker Boehner wielding the gavel, it looks like they may finally get their wish.

Don't let Congress pull the plug on NPR and PBS! Tell them reject cuts to public broadcasting.

To:
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Fully fund NPR and defend public service media.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Kendall Ferguson CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      There is no right to take away NPR or PBS. Democrats are not pushing to shut down Fox News, a notoriously Republican based and biased news source, so why the attack on news sources that are applicable to everyone, including Republicans? Perspective is key.

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    • Scott Foster MOAB, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      If you believe in the Constitution and free speech, then then you should believe in funding public broadcasting.

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    • Maddy F BOSTON, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      I have fond memories of Sunday morning drives after mass in which the whole family listened eagerly to Weekend Edition on NPR. As a child growing up without cable, PBS was the only channel I was allowed to watch. Now a junior at an ivy league college, I credit PBS programming for the important role it played in developing my lifelong love of learning, active imagination, and abundant curiosity. Long live Elmo, Arthur, and Wishbone. May PBS continue to educate and inspire children for generations to come!

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    • Dan Mallette SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      im doing this to be necked with my lady friend. however, npr is great. and I'm doing it for my mother but that has nothing to do with my nudity.

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    • Erika Wischmann GENEVA, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Don't just tell them not to cut NPR - tell them where to get the money instead.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/save-heap-pell-pbs-planned-parenthood-and-americorps-tax-the-rich

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