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Plug being pulled on NPR and Public Television

Congress plans to cut ALL funding for public radio and television. This is for real and even though PBS and NPR have serious limitations, if they disappear, this is going to be HUGE. The public radio stations have been discussing this funding withdrawl, and though its not true alternative media, imaging life with only FOX, CBS and crew is as appealing as a gas station toilet.

Tell Congress: Don't pull the plug on NPR and PBS!

We're only a few weeks into the 112th Congress, and Republicans are already attempting to pull the plug on public media.

In a budget proposal made public on Wednesday, House Republicans announced plans to zero out all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the nonprofit responsible for funding public media including NPR, PBS, Pacifica and more.

If the Republicans are successful, it would be a tremendous blow to the entire public interest media sector.

We cannot allow Republicans to destroy public media.

Tell Congress: Fully fund NPR and defend public service media!

Republicans are disingenuously claiming that they need to cut funding for public media because of budgetary constraints. But what they fail to highlight is that national public broadcasting is remarkably cost effective, providing local news and information, free of charge, for millions of viewers while only receiving about .0001% of the federal budget.1

More to the point, it's nearly impossible to put a price tag on the actual value of public broadcasting.

Public media is one of the last bulwarks against the corporate media, where the combination of consolidation and profit motive has long since shifted the focus to infotainment rather than substantive news. In many rural and less affluent communities, broadcasters rely on federal funding to provide the only available high-quality news and public affairs programming.

Without public media, corporate media monopolies would increase their already large control of what we see on television, hear on the radio or read in the newspaper.

This outcome should deeply worry all of us. The increased accumulation and consolidation of corporate power is a threat to our democracy. And nowhere is this more evident than in our media.

At a time when media consolidation is shrinking the number of perspectives we have access to over the airwaves and when newsrooms are shrinking, we need more diversity in our media not less. And we simply cannot afford to lose what public media brings to the table.

Tell Congress: Fully fund NPR and defend public service media!

Conservatives have longed for any opportunity to defund NPR, PBS and other public media. And with Speaker Boehner wielding the gavel, it looks like they may finally get their wish.

Don't let Congress pull the plug on NPR and PBS! Tell them reject cuts to public broadcasting.

1"Public broadcasting is critical to our democracy," Rep. Earl Blumenaur, The Hill's Congress Blog, Jan. 20, 2011.

What!? 15.Feb.2011 19:23

Karma Lita

These are the same motherfuckers who left Mumia swinging in the breeze.

Quite figuratively. Fuck NPR.

It may not matter to you 15.Feb.2011 22:46

yes, NPR sucks

You are not thinking about the mindless zombies out there who believe everything they see on TV. At least PBS and NPR keep the liberals fed on things like NOW and gets them thinking. Maybe when they watch some special about Martin Luther King, they get reminded to go out and do more than drink at Starbucks, and might get the to think that the war is a nasty thing.

Sure, about the best they can do is vote for Obama. It beats nothing. I think it isn't so good to get purist to the point that you stop considering the benefits of things that aren't hard core radical.

Yes, the fucked over Mumia and do piss poor coverage on just about everything else. They rallied people to join together to demonize Wikileaks and more. Don't forget that there really are people out there, outside of say Portland, who lack a basic education radical or even basic things and
I think state sort of likes it that way because it would have hell to pay if more workingclass people did get this information.

You need a basic template to work off of. You can't go from crawling to running. NPR and PBS can occasionally serve that basic, minimal educational purpose. Yes, they are responsible for muddying the waters especially with our movement but they may have some 35% truth as opposed to 100% bullshit- oh and its bullshit that motivates people to go out and hurt people in our nation for being poor or overseas.

If you don't have ANY media but pure unadulterated corporate shit, then you will have to work that much harder to convince people of what the problems are and what needs to happen.

Everywhere isn't Portland, and other places don't have places like Powells, Indymedia's or just people on the street living aware of these things.

I will fully agree that PBS and NPR do a disservice in that it makes people think they know what is going on when they don't. I've had a few first hand experiences with that.

Again, you aren't going to go out to say bumfuck Iowa and expect people to have any idea what is going on with out, while shitty, sometimes useful tools like PBS. People learn things off of PBS, and there are a few times they've carried a few good shows.

I think all the people that just say "Fuck them all, they are media sell outs," at least miss the truly important fact in all of this: CBS, FAUX, NBC and the wealthy right wing idealogues which own them all have wanted PBS dissolved for years for one reason.

It means we are all forced to watch their for-profit, propogandist bullshit. If you know your history, keeping the propoganda out of peoples' minds is important. People do get influenced by what they see and hear. Without at least some primitive information about good basic things like civil rights, the anti-war movement, etc., what you will have is people who will instead be given a steady diet of right wing hate and celebrity bullshit.

Maybe that happy feel-good documentary on the 1960's that only shows people marching and leaves out the extreme cop violence towards anti-war demonstrators misses the mark. Hey, it still reminds people who don't have the internet the movements of the 1960's mattered in some way.

The problem is really exposure to media. The world is not like Portland. There is a huge density of aware activists, and most people have some idea what is going on. As for many other places in the country where most people have no information on basic things like climate change being a serious real concern, that politics is driven by corporate money or many other very basic, but essential things.

There are people who grow up with ONLY access to a TV because they live in the bowels of Philadelphia and have no shot of going to school or getting exposed to much beyond drugs and crap culture, like Facebook or Lady Gaga. As much we can point fingers at how nothing happens, how much of it happens not because people will it but because they don't know.

I think in Portland, you have a culture where most people have exposure to alternative media or just basic truths about our world. Maybe from this perspective, the world just seems like it isn't doing crap because if you live here, you know things and have no excuse really.

Once you hit the road and travel outside the area, you see many, many very different cities. The degrees of exposure to information vary from place to place, but in many cases, there is a need for basic information, counter culture 101, so to speak.

The other problem is that the rich don't want the lower classes to learn quite frankly, anything, because knowledge is power and the people will get empowered enough to fight back with education. This is why maybe you see communities out there which have a great desire, a great will and yes, great strength to use to get out of those chains, but each day, no matter how resourceful they are, they can't get loose because they keep getting outsmarted by their cities, mayors, cops.

This shit could all give out, we have the impetus for a massive revolution and basically Portland is very tame, very white- it is wonderously polite, but in places that are more earthy, where survival is harder and people just aren't polite- ever- we have an advantage, in that we fight each day to get by.

It takes both knowledge and strength. The educational system is exclusionary for a reason. If you took what you take for granted in Portland and let it loose in an environment where people are a hell of a lot more miserable and motivated, it would be like taking a match to dry pine needles.

The recipe for all social oppression is starvation from information. The answer is to get information out and to educate. Think about it like this: you go to some place where people will hear what you say and think you are crazy for saying it because they've been weened on corporate crap their entire lives - even if they are African American and suffering from the crap far more than you ever will, and are therefore motivatd- what you need is an accessible source of information to tell the stories and make it all seem real.

I don't watch TV, and it keeps my mind free, but when I go to some places, and don't watch that thing, I find myself becoming frustrated with people doing some things for seemingly no reason-- until I turn the corporate media crap box on- and then it is no surprise because there is usually some thing on the corporate media that's making people paranoid.

PBS is like a band aid on a bullet wound- it is piss poor, but it prevents some problems. It helps.

You want public radio? 16.Feb.2011 06:46

J.. David Cummings

Then support it with yer wallet. No media should be taxpayer supported, especially not the dumb lefty hacks on NPR.

ahem 17.Feb.2011 11:42


"Sure, about the best they can do is vote for Obama. It beats nothing. I think it isn't so good to get purist to the point that you stop considering the benefits of things that aren't hard core radical. "

Voting for Obama was one of the biggest disasters in history.

And it has nothing to do with purism. That is just the word that brainwashed liberals use to undermine the true voices. Obama has been a curse on humanity. Any honest objective look at the facts makes this obvious. But cowardly liberals continue to hide and say just the sort of things you are saying because of their own fear to face the truth. Liberals are for the most part just brainwashed followers of the democratic party. This is clearly revealed in the antiwar protests when Bush was president almost completely subsiding when Obama is in office. Liberals protest republican presidents and do little when the democratic president does the same things. Likewise the conservatives complain about Obama but were silent when Bush was doing the same things.

Liberals don't want to face the truth of their slavery to the party system so they go to great lengths to convince themselves that they are better. Liberals spend more time protecting their self image than in doing anything real in the world. NPR is a liberal bastion which propagates the liberal propaganda of their own moral superiority... It is a lie. This is the source of the essential impotence of the left today.




Don't buy in to corporate whores.