Some members of Congress have been spending so much time fretting about what’s going on in the executive offices at NPR that they have lost sight of the local people, local jobs, and local organizations in their districts that depend on public broadcasting. Today we are sending a wake-up call to Capitol Hill.
Today, Free Press Action Fund, MoveOn and Credo Action delivered more than one million petitions to the House and Senate calling for a stop to cuts aimed at destroying public broadcasting. Together, with unions representing writers, actors, and engineers whose jobs are at stake, we demanded that policy makers stop playing politics with NPR, PBS and the 1,300 vital local stations that reach nearly every 99% of America.
Partisans in Congress and their cable news friends might like to jabber on about trumped up controversies unfolding in Washington, DC, but when it comes to public broadcasting the facts trump the fiction. Federal funding for public broadcasting supports more than 20,000 jobs all across America, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting estimates that that funding contributes more than $1 billion to the U.S. economy. For every federal dollar that is sent out to local stations, those stations match it with six dollars from other sources. (more…)