CITIZENS ACTING TO PROTECT PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA

COMPARED WITH

Little noticed in the steady barrage of “breaking news” stories regarding the growing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election are Trump administration plans to completely defund public broadcasting.

Supporters of public broadcasting have mounted a little noticed campaign online, Protect My Public Media, to help explain what public media is and encourage citizens to contact their Congressional members to resist these draconian cuts.

Unfortunately the vast majority of Americans have little idea how little public funding support there is for public broadcasting is in the U.S. compared to other advanced democracies:

By comparison, the online website Our Beeb hosts an extended, robust debate about the cultural importance of the BBC and what the proper level of funding support should be. The contrast is worth considering among those who value public service media facing major funding cuts here and abroad.

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