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Save PBS and NPR

Hi,

You know that email petition that keeps circulating about how Congress is slashing funding for NPR and PBS? Well, now it's actually true. (Really. Check at the bottom if you don't believe me.)

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS:

http://www.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/

A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.

The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—and end funding altogether within two years. The loss could kill beloved children's shows like "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur," and "Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.

Already, 300,000 people have signed the petition. Can you help us reach 400,000 signatures today?

http://www.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/

Thanks!

P.S. Read the Washington Post report on the threat to NPR and PBS at:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=745

Comments

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chifurbuddy
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
ACK?!?! WTF?!?!

A nice touch by the Washington Post, to put a picture of Lauara Bush visiting "Seseme Street" in the article.

Here's a thought: take 0.01% from the military budget. I don't know the raw numbers but I'd be willing to guess that that small amount would exceed the budget for PBS and NPR. :-P

I'm lifting this for my journal, spreading the word.
derylykt
Jun. 15th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
George F. Will had a column a while back calling out the slashers to rid PBS and NPR of federal funding for good. His basis - we have other options/HBO is playing two movies on PBS (this was a bad thing)/They have outlived their usefulness.

George F. Will can go fuck himself.

This is from PBS.org -
PBS Budget

* PBS' operating revenue in fiscal year 2004 was $333 million. Leading sources of revenue included: station assessments (47%); CPB and federal grants (24%); royalties, license fees, satellite services and investment income (14%) and educational product sales (12%).

* Leading expenditures for PBS in fiscal year 2004 included: programming and promotion (72%); member and educational services (15%); satellite interconnection and technical services (9%); general and administrative (4%).

So about $79 Million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Federal Grants per year. Seems like a huge chunk, but stop to think how many PBS stations there are that have to share the wealth -

PBS Member Stations

* 169 noncommercial, educational licensees operate 348 PBS member stations.

* Of the 169 licensees, 86 are community organizations, 57 are colleges/universities, 20 are state authorities and 6 are local educational or municipal authorities.

so, lets split that 79 Million between 348 PBS member stations - about 206,000 a year per station has to cover paying for programs like Sesame Street, Caillou, Reading Rainbow, Clifford, Arthur, Postcards from Buster (which got in trouble for having video of a gay couple kissing - the whole point of the series is to show different cultures and subgroups within the United States - to show how diverse the country really is - maybe THAT's why they're in trouble), Dragon Tales, Frontline, Newshour (fair and balanced), and any number of educational or informative shows (I like the documentaries and the indy films you can catch every once in a while). Not just those royalties, but operating costs as well. Anyone - ANYONE - who has ever worked at a television station (even as tiny as Quinn) can tell you how much it costs to pay for editors, cameramen, writers (if there are any), audio techs, ENG's, Board Ops, switchers, etc. . . on a monthly basis. As well as general upkeep and maintenance of equipment.

I am glad to have directTV (which gives me four PBS stations, plus PBSKids), but even when I had nuthin but antenna, I could still pick up WHYY and NJN - which my television was regularly tuned.

I know, there are certain people, libertarians mostly (you reading this, mcpierce?), that cry foul when the government spends money this way. Missile Defense - which is a pipe dream - costs between 9 and 14 BILLION dollars a year, and it does not work, and does not look like it will work. Hell, missile defense does no good against an idiot with a case full of explosives. That's been a known issue since the beginning of the atomic years.

So, you're telling me that you couldn't take like 2% of the annual appropriation of missile defense and push it to PBS? What kind of greedy vampires are these Republicans! First necromancy, now vampyres - though I suppose the two are related.

Screw this comment, I'm posting it in my own journal.
richpav
Jun. 20th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow and Car Talk have, to date, done NOTHING to help fight the war on terror, nor do they teach the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. They deserve what they get.
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