If you have any political awareness at all, you know that public radio and TV are under constant attack. I thought this recent email from Move On was worth printing here:
Dear MoveOn member,
Thanks to word of mouth, we reached our goal—over 600,000 people have signed the petition to save NPR and PBS once and for all! That's off the charts.
Congress heard us loud and clear. In fact, the chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), reached out to MoveOn members. Here's what he had to say:
"Despite getting rid of Tom Delay and the Republican-led Congress, the Bush administration continues proposing draconian cuts to public broadcasting. MoveOn played an invaluable service in the last Congress to help restore funding, and I hope MoveOn will continue its efforts as I and other members of the Public Broadcasting Caucus work to secure funding for PBS and NPR once and for all."
But the fight isn't over. In reaction to our petition, a right-wing group has launched a petition calling on Congress to eliminate all funding for NPR and PBS.1 This is a real fight, and we hope you're in it for the long haul.
If you like, you can contribute to our efforts here:
The battle is on—let's guarantee NPR and PBS have permanent funding and independence from partisan meddling. We'll print and deliver this massive petition to every member of Congress. And we'll keep you in the loop on the next steps.
As always, thanks for all you do.
–Noah, Wes, Carrie, Joan and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team Friday, February 23rd, 2007
1. "Report Sees Few Funding Alternatives for PBS," TV Week, February 20, 2007http://www.freepress.net/news/21196