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article image'Million Puppet March' in support of PBS only draws hundreds

By Andrew Moran     Nov 5, 2012 in Politics
Washington - The “Million Puppet March” drew far less than it had hoped for Saturday when hundreds of supporters of PBS and NPR marched in Washington. The purpose of the event was to show the importance of public media.
“I’m sorry, Jim [Lehrer]. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too," Romney had said. "But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
These were the words of former Massachusetts Governor and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate. If Romney is elected Tuesday, PBS cuts will be an initiative that will be supported by a Romney administration. Romney’s comments also made Internet buzz and are expected to make election history.
It seems the anti-Romney and pro-public broadcasting demonstration only garnered between 500 and 1,000 people at the National Mall in Washington, according to reports from Reason and the New York Daily News.
The 11 a.m. event had many dressed up as famous “Sesame Street” characters, while others carried puppets in their hands. There were various chants, such as “Power to the puppets! We can save the Muppets,” “Elmo we won’t go!” and “P.B.S.!” There were also dozens of placards that read “Puppets rock the vote” and “When puppets are outlawed only outlaws will have puppets.”
“We believe in public media. We believe that a strong public broadcasting system builds a stronger nation. And we believe that it is essential to provide adequate federal funding to our public broadcasters,” said the organizers in a mission statement.
“Through federal financial support, we the people of this great nation demonstrate our commitment to providing all Americans, regardless of their location or economic situation, free access to the best quality educational and cultural programming available anywhere, improving learning outcomes, increasing cultural awareness, and informing our electorate.”
At the end of the event, attendees were asked to donate money, which would go directly to help fund PBS.
The organizers have a petition that is directed towards the United States congress. It has more than 3,300 letters and emails sent at the time of this writing. It urges the continual funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
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