PBS is under attack

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 06/05/2005 - 01:05

Dear Media Reformer:
PBS is in jeopardy. Earlier this week, the New York Times described secret efforts by Republican operatives to make our Public Broadcasting System more "fair and balanced."

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
replies@freepress.net

Wed, 4 May 2005

Kenneth Tomlinson, the Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Br oadcasting (CPB) -- the government-funded organization that was designed to shield PBS from political pressure -- is aggressively pressing PBS to corr ect what he considers "liberal bias."

He secretly hired a White House staffer to help draft "guiding principles" for the future of CPB. He brought in a consultant to monitor the "anti-Bush" and "anti-Tom Delay" content on Bill Moyers' NOW program, and then set up and funded right-wing commentator Paul Gigot's new PBS program. Now Tomlin son is working behind the scenes to stack CPB's board and executive offices with Republican Party cronies.

Visit www.freepress.net/action/pbs to save PBS

Together we can stop this partisan attack. Join our call to Congress, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS station managers to:

1. Remove Kenneth Tomlinson from the CPB board.

2. Return PBS to the people by holding local town meetings in your communit y. We the public -- not partisan political operatives -- should decide what we want from PBS.

Tomlinson told the Times that he's trying to restore "objectivity and balan ce" to public broadcasting. This top-down partisan meddling goes against the very nature of PBS and the local stations we trust. Let the people speak and decide the future of PBS, not secret dealings by White House operatives .

Send your message now -- and forward this letter to all of your friends and colleagues, asking them to do the same.

Onward,

Timothy Karr
www.freepress.net

P.S. To learn more, read the recent report on "Building a Public Broadcasti ng System that Deserves Public Support" by Free Press, Consumers Union, Com mon Cause, Media Access Project and the Consumer Federation of America. You can download it at www.freepress.net/press/release.php?id3D64 .

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