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MoveOn Goes To Bat For PBS Comrades

From MoveOn’s agit-prop website:



TO: (Your senators and representative)
FROM: (Your name and email)
SUBJECT: Save NPR and PBS once and for all

Dear Senators and Representative,

(Your personal note)

Congress must save NPR and PBS once and for all. Congress should guarantee permanent funding and independence from partisan meddling.

Here is the email they have been spamming to their suckers list:

Dear MoveOn member,

George W. Bush is trying—yet again—to slash funding for NPR and PBS. This week, Bush proposed a new budget with devastating cuts to public broadcasting.1 "Sesame Street" and other ad-free kids’ shows are under the knife. So is the independent journalism our country needs.

Enough is enough. We’ve fought this fight before and won—but we can’t afford the risk anymore. With the new Congress, we can make sure this never happens again. We need Congress to insulate NPR and PBS from the political winds.

We can make it happen if enough of us sign this petition: "Congress must save NPR and PBS once and for all. Congress should guarantee permanent funding and independence from partisan meddling." Clicking here will add your name to the petition:

http://civ.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/o.pl? id=

After you sign, please forward this email to your friends, family, and co-workers to keep this campaign going. We’ll deliver the petition to members of Congress as they consider Bush’s budget—offering a public counterpoint to this dangerous attack.

Congress can protect NPR and PBS from future cuts. The long-term solution to save public radio and TV is to:

–fully restore this year’s funding

guarantee a permanent funding stream free from political pressure

reform how the money is spent and

keep partisan appointees from pushing a political bias

Bush’s budget would cut federal funds for public broadcasting by nearly 25%.1 According to PBS, the cuts "could mean the end of our ability to support some of the most treasured educational children’s series" like "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and "Arthur."

As telecommunications chair Rep. Ed Markey said, "In a 24-7 television world with content often inappropriate for young children, the public broadcasting system represents an oasis of quality, child-oriented educational programming. We owe America’s children and their parents this free, over-the-air resource."1

The cuts could also decimate one of the last remaining sources of watchdog reporting on TV—continuing the partisan war on journalism led by the ex-chair of public broadcasting, Ken Tomlinson.3 More people trust public broadcasting than any corporate news media.4 President Bush would rather undermine our free press than face reporters who are asking tough questions.

Let’s put an end to the constant threats to NPR and PBS. Let’s ask Congress to guarantee funding and stop partisan meddling. Clicking here will add your name to the petition:

http://civ.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/o.pl? id=

Thank you for all you do.

–Noah, Marika, Eli, Adam G. and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Of course just like PBS and NPR, MoveOn.org is taxpayer supported.

And who would want it any other way?

But do you ever wonder where the merchandizing money from Sesame Street and other similar PBS programs goes?

[AP caption:] In this handout photo provided by Mattels Fisher-Price, T.M.X. Friends: Ernie and Cookie Monster are shown. Mattel Inc.’s Fisher-Price is hoping to replicate the success of T.M.X. Elmo by expanding the technology to his other friends: Cookie Monster and Ernie. The toy company will be shipping smaller versions of the two Sesame Street characters, marketed under T.M.X. Friends, to stores in October, according to Gina Sirard, vice president of marketing for Fisher-Price.

It doesn’t go to funding PBS’s minuscule output of original programming, that’s for damn sure.

Of course MoveOn and the folks at PBS and NPR have different priorities.

Lining their pockets goes before building needed schools:

Eliminating the federal share of CPB funding would free up $400 million this year," said Gov. Haley Barbour, a Mississippi Republican who needs to build schools in hurricane areas. "That is enough money to build 40 elementary schools."

A half a billion dollars a year? To show programs from Britain and to produce such lavish shows as "Antiques Roadshow" — which is itself a knockoff of a British program.

In fact, there are laws against the US government producing propaganda for a domestic audience.

That is the real reason PBS and NPR should be weaned away from the government teat.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 9th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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