I listen to NPR’s All Things Considered almost every afternoon on my drive home from work. I count on National Public Radio to give me an unbiased, extra-truthy view of the world’s news. FOX News and even CNN are banned from my television… too much hysteria, too much fear-based journalism, too little journalistic integrity.
And where would we all be without Sesame Street? No Cookie Monster? No Bert and Ernie??? No Snuffleupagus???
PLEASE take a moment and sign this petition to stop the slashing of funding for public broadcasting!
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 lawmakers who proposed the cuts aren’t just trying to save money in the budget—they’re trying to decimate any news outlets willing to ask tough questions of those in power. Americans trust public broadcasting more than any corporate news media. This is an ideological attack on our free press.
President Bush’s budget proposed cuts to NPR and PBS4, but Congress is going even further: slashing 23% of this year’s public broadcasting budget—$115 million—and denying NPR and PBS any funding in two years. The cuts immediately terminate support for commercial-free children’s shows like “Sesame Street,” “Clifford,” and “Maya and Miguel.”
The House and Senate are deciding if public broadcasting will survive, and they need to hear from viewers like you. Sign the petition!
P.S. Read the Boston Globe story on the threat to NPR and PBS here.