Not that there's been any doubt as to the politics of NPR and PBS - home to world-class Republican haters such as Bill Moyers. Still, it's instructive to see just who has launched a massive organizing effort to ensure continued taxpayer funding of the two organizations. Turns out . . . it's none other than the far-left MoveOn.org.
Here's a mass email sent out today by Move-on:
From: Noah T. Winer, MoveOn.org Civic Action
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006 12:27 PM
Subject: Deadline tomorrow! Re: Save NPR and PBS (again)
Over 1.4 million of us have signed the petition to save NPR and PBS—our biggest petition ever. Congress will vote again as soon as tomorrow.
Congress needs to hear from you before tomorrow's vote—save NPR and PBS.
I just wanted to share some very cool news with you.
Over the last couple of days, over 300,000 people (including 80,000 who are totally new to MoveOn) have signed on to our petition to save NPR and PBS. That brings the total number of signers to over 1,400,000—making this not only our largest petition ever, but one of the largest petitions anyone's done.
But the next vote in Congress will be as soon as tomorrow. To stop Congress' budget cuts, we need to go even bigger: we're aiming for 1.5 million of us to sign on by tomorrow. Can you join us by adding your name to the petition to protect NPR and PBS? It just takes a minute, but it'll make a real impact.
Just click here:
Here's what the petition says: "Congress must save NPR, PBS, and local public stations. We trust them for in-depth news and educational children's programming. It's money well spent."
I've attached our original email—with all the details on the issue, below. After you've signed, can you pass this on to friends and family who might be interested in signing as well?
It's great to see so much energy around this important issue. As MoveOn member Kris from Michigan says, "NPR and PBS...promote good journalism, education and culture like no other source on radio and TV. They are important to the growth of our society."
If MoveOn 'trusts' NPR/PBS, what does that say about their news coverage? And when members are confident NPR/PBS will promote the 'growth' of 'our society', isn't that synonymous with saying the duo promotes the growth of government? It takes a village, after all.
Your tax dollars at work: churning out coverage MoveOn could love.