SAVE NPR AND PBS (again)
MoveOn.org, Thursday, June 8, 2006
Republicans just voted to slash funding for NPR and PBS this
year. We stopped them last year. We can stop them again.
Can you sign the petition
asking Congress to save NPR and PBS?
Sign the Petition
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
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
Last year, over 1 million of us signed the
petition, and Congress listened. We can do it again if you pass this
message along to any friends, neighbors, or co-workers who count on NPR
and PBS for news or children's programming.
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.3 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
The House and Senate are deciding if
public broadcasting will survive, and they need to hear from viewers
like you. Sign the petition at:
You can learn more about the threat to public
broadcasting from our
friends at Free Press at:
1. "GOP takes aim at PBS funding,"
Boston Globe, June 8, 2006
PBS' Ready to Learn program (funds "Sesame Street"
and other children's shows)
2. "CPB Responds to House Appropriations
Subcommittee's Proposed Funding Levels for Public Broadcasting,"
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, June 7, 2006
3. "2005 'Open to the Public' Objectivity and Balance
Report," Corporation for Public Broadcasting, January 31, 2006
4. "Bush Budget Pumps Propaganda, Slashes PBS,"
MediaCitizen, February 7, 2006