Friday, June 16, 2006

Bloody Wonderful: Take That, Republican Butcher Boys

This from MoveOn, which does not just suggest that you write a letter to protest the Repub's gutting of NPR/PBS -- in the words of Bill Frist: "If it looks like a cat, gut it" -- nor does it merely offer to collect such letters. MoveOn makes it simple to write your email/letter and then send it to the newspaper of your choice. "Ease of usage" is a wonderful tool. Kudos to MoveOn!

Step 1: Select a newpaper

Local PapersCirculation # Sent

San Francisco Chronicle 514,265 50

The San Francisco Bay Guardian 153,000 8

Alameda Times Star 67,834 2

Oakland Tribune 67,702 8

Regional PapersCirculation # Sent

The Sacramento Bee 302,804 12

San Jose Mercury News 276,787 15

Contra Costa Times 187,630 8

Metro 105,000 2

National PapersCirculation # Sent

USA Today 2,602,556 136

The Wall Street Journal 1,820,600 69

The New York Times 1,130,740 138

Los Angeles Times 1,014,044 102

Washington Post 796,367 71

Step 3: Enter Your Address & Send


Step 2: Write your letter

Use the talking points below the composition window for ideas.



Talking Points
  • President Bush is pushing to slash NPR and PBS funding—and eliminate funding entirely in two years.

  • In just a week, more than 1.5 million Americans have asked Congress to oppose this move.

  • Under pressure, Congress restored some funding for this year, but House Republicans just voted to eliminate all funding in two years.

  • Unbelievably, the cuts start by terminating support for commercial-free children's shows like "Sesame Street," "Clifford," and "Maya and Miguel."

  • Americans trust public broadcasting more than any other news source. This is an ideological attack on our free press.

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