How to Raise Money By Defending (or Attacking) the Media

DCCC Chairman, Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, helps make National Public Radio a Democratic cause, with this fund-raising email a moment ago:

Now the Republicans want to control the news. In fact, House Republicans announced a vote for TOMORROW to cut all federal funding for National Public Radio.

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The GOP’s latest misguided priority would defund NPR while still protecting taxpayer funding for Big Oil, despite record profits and record gas prices.

We can’t let this outrage go unchallenged. Republicans and their right-wing media backers are gearing up for this fight, and they’re hoping grassroots Democrats like you will stay on the sidelines.

They know NPR plays a vital role in providing quality news programming — from rural radio stations to in-depth coverage of foreign affairs. If the Republicans had their way, we’d only be left with the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin to dominate the airwaves.

In New York, the Working Families Party is also trying to raise money off gather signatures from noting they’re under attack from the media, thanks to Rupert Murdoch and the New York Post. [corrected]