Friday, March 18, 2011

Defunding of National Public Radio supported by Nebraska's Terry, Fortenberry and Smith and Iowa's Latham and King in H.R. 1076 vote to strip member stations of funds to buy programming; PRI affected too

Fresh from their votes to trash Netflix and further enrich cable TV operators, Nebraska's three Republican representatives and two of Iowa's have now attacked NPR. Rep. Henry Waxman capsulized their behavior beautifully when he called their actions “a mean ideological assault on public radio.
"This bill does not save a cent," he says. "It simply says that any grantee of funds from the federal government to public stations can’t use that money to buy programs from NPR [or PRI — Aksarbent]. It’s a dramatic interference with the ability of the American people to get the content they can’t get anywhere else except public television and public radio."

Why not call Terry, Fortenberry, Smith, King and Latham and let them know what you think of their efforts to destroy the evenhanded reporting, incisive interviewing, rich social commentary, penetrating documentaries and witty entertainment  of Nina Totenberg, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Teri Gross, Car Talk, Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me! and all the other terrific programming from NPR and PRI?

Ask them why they are attacking the tiny amount of federal money consumed by Public Radio, and interfering with the decisions of member stations on where to buy programming to best serve their audience.

Steve King:
1131 Longworth Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.4426
Fax: 202.225.3193

Tom Latham:
2217 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Toll Free:866-428-5642
Phone: 202-225-5476
Fax: 202-225-3301

Lee Terry:
2331 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4155 phone
(202)226-5452 fax

Jeff Fortenberry:
1514 Longworth House Office
Washington, DC 20515
p (202) 225-4806
f  (202) 225-5686

Adrian Smith
503 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone (202) 225-6435
Fax (202) 225-0207

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