June 25, 2005

PBS, NPR avoids ax

Support from "viewers like you" helped stop a proposed $100 million cut for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, allowing smaller stations like WQPT Quad Cities PBS to continue serving the community, station officials say.

The proposal would have lowered the corporation's budget by 46 percent. However, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday restored the $100 million to the budget. By reducing the cut to 25 percent, the total 2006 budget was back up to $400 million.

People contacted their representatives to urge them to oppose the cut, said Lora Adams, marketing director and pledge producer for WQPT.

"The fact that it was ratified on the floor, 284-140, certainly shows the power of the people and how dearly they hold public broadcasting," Ms. Adams said.
Thanks to those who contacted legislators at my urging. You helped keep the vandals away from this valuable institution.


At 6/25/2005 9:04 AM, Blogger Dave said...

We threaten to do it every 10 years or so. Never happens. Much to do about nothing.

At 6/25/2005 10:16 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dave your folks probably forbade you to watch Big Bird as a kid and it warped you for life.

At 6/25/2005 11:48 AM, Blogger Dave said...

I love that bird. I love Sesame Street. My children love it and I actually like PBS. Factis, tho, it's pretty liberal when it comes to political content.

At 6/25/2005 3:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well Dave, your side did manage to slash their budget and put about a thousand tons of misdirected and totally inappropriate pressure on what is supposed to be an independent organization to either start spewing the right wing line or else get their funds dried up.

It's loathsome and proves that to the right, anyone or anything that routinely disseminates the truth is automatically in their sights.

They simply could not function or hold office if the truth were widely known, and they know it.

At 6/25/2005 5:33 PM, Blogger Dave said...

You're one news story behind. They've backed off the funding cut issue. I told you they always do.
Hey, how about that Durbin

At 6/25/2005 7:52 PM, Blogger Dave said...

The Cookie Monster disseminates the truth? You mean of course that "C" is for COOKIE.


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