The current administration’s budget blueprint calls for the privatization of public broadcasting, and the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These organizations fund a large portion of the budgets for NPR, PBS, and other arts programs, and also provide individual grants enabling writers and artists to devote more time to their creative projects. Learn more about NEH and access an easy tool to email your Reps here.
This week we donated to PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), which is a membership nonprofit organization of 350 public TV stations. PBS viewers are found in 82% of all U.S. households, equal to over 200 million people. Numerous studies have rated PBS as #1 in public trust, the top educational media brand, and an “excellent” value for tax dollars. Public media is the platform for well-known programs such as Sesame Street that provide literacy and math learning opportunities for millions of young children across the country.
It’s hard to imagine a world without Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, and Big Bird. Both of us grew up watching–and learning–from Sesame Street and other PBS shows, and we hope to one day watch these shows with our own children. As adults, we do not watch too much television, but programming on PBS enriches our lives with insightful, entertaining and informative shows like Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick and Downton Abbey. Public Broadcasting is a vital means for everyone across our nation to have access to knowledge, news, and great storytelling.