Extremists in Congress have introduced six — yes, six — bills that would slash all funding for NPR, PBS and other public media.Now, they're rushing the issue to a vote, trying to pull the plug on the news, arts and educational programming on which more than a hundred million Americans rely. The vote to cut all funding could happen as soon as next week!
A few brave members of Congress have spoken out against this assault on public media, and sided with the American people. With your help, we can get more members to take a stand:
It's a disgrace to see the extremes to which members of the "People's House" will go to silence what the public says, in poll after poll, are their most valued sources of news and programming. These outrageous political attacks need to stop.
A few ultra-partisan members of Congress are pushing an agenda with which the vast majority of Americans disagree. It's time we came together to stop their push to kill public media. Here's how we're going to do it:
Once we get enough signatures from your district, we'll deliver the letter to your representative. After that, we'll begin a call-in campaign urging your rep to stand with the American people against political efforts to undermine popular programs like PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Point of View and .
Public pressure works. National Public Radio news stations in less affluent areas because those communities rely on the vital federal funds set aside for .", Rep. (D-N.J.) said, "It is critical that Congress continues to support funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting... Defunding CPB will significantly hurt
We need to encourage more elected officials to join. By signing this letter, you're putting Congress on notice: Don't play politics with public media.
Please take action now.
Associate Program Director
Free Press Action Fund
P.S. In an era of media consolidation, fewer national and foreign bureaus and mass newsroom layoffs, NPR is one of the only media outlets actually bringing listeners more reporting from around the country and around the world. Despite its fulfilling that important need, the United States spends a mere pittance on public media, compared to other industrialized countries.
P.P.S. Public broadcasting is local: Stations are locally licensed and governed, locally programmed, and locally staffed. They are part of the communities they serve, and understand the needs of the people in their audience. In many rural areas, public broadcasting is the only source of free local, national and international news, public affairs, and cultural programming.
Free Press Action Fund is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Learn more at http://www.freepress.net/
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