At this moment, I really wish it were a hoax.
You can read the Washington Post article here.
You know that email petition that keeps circulating about how Congress is slashing funding for NPR and PBS?
Well, now it's actually true. (Really. Check at the bottom if you don't believe me.)
Click here to sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS!
A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.
The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—and end funding altogether within two years. The loss could kill beloved children's shows like "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur," and "Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.
The next vote on the cuts will take place tomorrow (Thursday, June 15, 2005). Help us reach 400,000 signatures to be delivered to the committee members.
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By the way, although I feel very strongly about the need to keep PBS & NPR as funded, there are other issues involved, of which you may or may not be aware. So here's some more reference material on the whole political side of this (I've tried to be "fair and balanced" in my choices, some of which may surprise you):