Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We want to see "Citizen Koch"

Don't let Koch money influence public television programming!
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Dear Jim,
I just started a campaign on CREDO's new petition site. The petition is to Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Paula Kerger, president and CEO, Public Broadcasting Service; and Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO, Independent Television Service, and it says the following:
Koch money shouldn't influence public television programming -- we want to see the filmCitizen Koch aired on PBS!
Recently, The New Yorker reported that public television backed out of airing the documentary Citizen Koch -- just because networks were afraid of upsetting billionaire donor David Koch, who has donated $23 million as a board member of two flagship PBS stations, WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston.
Citizen Koch exposes the outsize role of money in American politics, from the Kochs and other major political spenders. It's exactly the kind of dialogue that public television was founded to foster.
Public television was founded to support the public interest, not to cater to the private interests of wealthy donors like the Koch brothers. That's why PBS should end its self-censorship and air Citizen Koch.
Thank you for your support.
Reuben Hayslett
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