CauseNET for December 30, 2003
Public Broadcasting Under Siege!
$800,000 buys two seats on the Corporation for Public
The Bush Administration has awarded two major Republican
donors seats on the nine-member board of the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting (CPB). Bush appointees Cheryl
Halpern and Gay Hart Gaines and their families have given over
$800,000 to Republican causes in recent years.
But just as troubling are the agendas that Halpern and Hart
Gaines would bring to the CPB. Both have stated views or
espoused causes that call into question their qualifications
to service on a board whose mission is to promote and fund
public television and radio programming.
Halpern, in her confirmation hearings, indicated that she
would welcome empowering the CPB board members to intervene in
program content when they felt a program was biased.
And, Gaines was an ardent supporter of Representative Newt
Gingrich (R-GA) who, as House Speaker in 1994, proposed
cutting all federal assistance to public television.
Common Cause will not let this issue slip by without public
scrutiny. We need your help to bring this to the
We must not let partisan insiders wrest control of public
broadcasting from balanced board members and threaten the
integrity of the CPB from within.
Please help us protect the fairness of public
Click here to find out more: