The Trump administration calls the free press “the enemy of the state.” We call it the most important tenet of a free and democratic society. Watch this clip from Fox News that highlights the important role of the free press.
Journalists are facing obstacles in their efforts to cover this administration with news outlets blocked from press conferences and publications singled out for blacklisting.
Now the proposed federal budget attacks public media with the threat of complete defunding. That means some of our nation’s most important, non-partisan programming through PBS, NPR and 60 radio stations in Utah alone would receive not a single cent of federal funding. In a time when media is increasingly criticized for bias, publicly funded media sources are especially critical, as they are unable to be swayed by private sponsorship.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your Members of Congress to ask them to protect public media broadcasting via the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for Humanities in the federal budget.
- Sign this non-partisan Protect My Public Media petition asking Congress to protect public media broadcasting in the federal budget on our Petitions, Petitions! page, which we update daily.
- #PledgeTruth by signing this pledge to “Make America Honest Again” by committing to check facts before posting them on social media, share news only from trusted sources and question news from unverified sources. Use good fact-checking resources like FactCheck.org, Snopes.com, Washington Post Fact-Checker and SciCheck, and watch this great video to help you weed out false claims and fake news.
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How to contact your Members of Congress (MOCs):
Call your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative. Be polite. Always mention that you are a constituent and give your name and zip code to be sure your call is counted. It is okay to leave a voicemail if you are unable to reach a staffer.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
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