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Public Media Deserves Federal Support

Once again public media is at risk. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a budget for FY11 that eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Senate takes up the issue this week, and I am optimistic that upon further consideration, our Senators will see the value in our collective public service and restore our funding.

Act Now To Protect The Programming You Love

Congress may eliminate funding for KPBS and the programming you love. Tell Congress to Support Funding for Public Broadcasting! Please take action today to send a message to Washington that public broadcasting matters to you, and to the other 170 million Americans that use it every month! Sign up at 170MillionAmericans.org to make your voice heard.

On a local level, federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting accounts for only about 12 percent of KPBS’ budget. We use these funds to support the valuable service we provide to the San Diego and Imperial Counties – and that is to offer thoughtful news and information as well as quality educational programming for all ages. On average, more than 1.2 million people in San Diego and Imperial County use KPBS – from KPBS-TV to 89.5 FM or KPBS.org and beyond. We just celebrated 50 years in the local community and our past success is paving the way for our future.

But the positive impact of federal funding for public broadcasting goes well beyond our audiences in Southern California.

Each month, 170 million Americans turn to a network of 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations and hundreds of public media online services for non-partisan news, cultural programming and educational programs. All of America’s public broadcasters must meet the high standards of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by working with each other and hundreds of national and local producers, as well as community partners to inform, inspire and entertain.

Despite these tremendous benefits and the support it enjoys from the vast majority of Americans, public broadcasting faces a rising tide of opposition from a vocal, motivated minority determined to slash all federal support for the industry.

It’s time for 170,000,000 Americans to say, “No!” to those efforts and, “Yes!” to protecting our unique public broadcasting assets.

To make those voices heard, America’s public television and radio stations have come together to launch an unprecedented project – “170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting” – to create a network of local rallying points for members, listeners, viewers and others who value public media as a source of non-partisan news, local cultural programming and non-commercial educational programs. KPBS is proud to be a part of that effort.

And, now, we’re asking you to join as well.

The heart of the project is a web site – 170MillionAmericans.org – that gives supporters of public media a way to register their support and to put that support into action. Please check out the site and lend your name to this important effort. It takes just a few seconds of your time, a few clicks at the keyboard, and three pieces of information – your name, email address and ZIP code. The impact of your participation will be felt all year long as we stand up for America’s public broadcasters.

This is an exciting project. I look forward to updating you on its progress and celebrating a positive outcome together.

Thank you.

Comments

Avatar for user 'EJohnB'

EJohnB | March 8, 2011 at 5:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

KPBS urges us to write our Congress person, meanwhile, the AP reports:

"WASHINGTON – A National Public Radio executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and said NPR would be better off without federal funding, in an embarrassment likely to fuel the latest round of conservative attacks on public broadcasting.

The video was posted Tuesday by James O'Keefe, the same activist whose undercover videos have targeted other groups opposed by conservatives, like the community organizing group ACORN and Planned Parenthood.

It drew swift reaction from Republicans in Congress, who are renewing efforts to cut funding to public broadcasters. NPR and PBS have long been targets of conservatives who claim their programming has a left-wing bias. Similar efforts in the 1990s and 2005 were not successful, although public broadcasters take the threat seriously.

National Public Radio said in a statement that it was "appalled" by the comments from Ron Schiller, the president of NPR's fundraising arm and a senior vice president for development."

Which is it, Mr. Karlo? Does KPBS want to feed at the public trough or would Public Broadcasting be better off depending entirely on its liberal donors to be able to freely disseminate its generally far left message?

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Tom Karlo, KPBS Staff | March 9, 2011 at 11:24 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for your comment. In no way do I, nor the KPBS organization, support Ron Schiller’s comments. I was disgusted by his remarks and do not in any way endorse his behavior. Federal funds provide essential seed money that assists KPBS and stations across America with programming and operations. While the loss of federal funding would impact KPBS, we would not cease operations. However, there are many small rural stations that would be forced to shut down. And that would have a domino effect on the entire system that in the long run would be devastating.

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arulparamasivam | March 9, 2011 at 2:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Public Institutions such as NPR, KPBS needs to be supported by Congress and Federal Govt. We need these institutions to be serving the public. Not every thing can be handed off to private entities. There are so many people depend on these basic services. In these times of global changes, challenges, we need public institutions to be more stronger and help connect the general public in postive and progressive ways.

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tnemmoc | March 18, 2012 at 6:11 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

I used to enjoy "Wait, wait, don't tell me!" until it became so blatently partisan. Today (03/18/2012) the first part of the program was dedicated solely to mocking former Governor Romney, beginning with yuck-ups about his attempt at humor in the south and his "pandering" by saying, "y'all". Where was the mockery when Hillary Clinton used the ridiculous fake southern accent in Selma, AL, or when President Obama turned on the accent and used the word "y'all" in Selma? That's the only time I've ever heard him say "y'all". But we can't mock democrats now, can we?

This is why I favor elimination of federal funding of NPR. Public funds should not be used to support a program that is clearly designed to trash republican candidates during an election cycle, thus indirectly promoting the democratic party. Today the host's excuse was that Romney just keeps providing more material for jokes. Dishonest. You seek out the material, sir. And if you had sought it out fairly, you could have found plently on the other side over the past few years, beginning with the President,'s enhanced accent and vocabulary before black audiences and continuing with numerous gaffes made during this visits to the "57 states, with two to go".

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