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For 46 years, Orlando, Florida has enjoyed public television and radio.  And if the Religious Right has its way, that’s over.

Why should we care?  Well, Big Bird helped teach my five children how to read.   Maybe yours, too.  My children have enjoyed Arthur, Dinosaur Train, Bob the Builder, the Magic School Bus, and Teletubbies.  And I’ve enjoyed the PBS News Hour, Frontline, the American Experience, and Nova.

If the Religious Right gets what it wants, that will be replaced in Orlando with the hateful spewing of John Hagee.  Five days a week.

This is the John Hagee who called Catholicism a “Godless theology of hate.”  Who attributed Hitler’s anti-Semitism to Hitler’s Catholic upbringing.  Who has referred to the Catholic Church as “the Great Whore.”

This is the John Hagee who claims that all Moslems have a “scriptural mandate to kill Christians and Jews.”

This is the John Hagee who has called Jews “poisoned,” and “spiritually blind.”  Who claims that the Holocaust was punishment for Jewish “disobedience” and “rebellion.”

I would rather have my children listening to Big Bird.

Unfortunately, however, the “Daystar Television Network,” a Christian broadcasting outfit, has waived $4 million under the noses of the directors of WMFE.  (Due to inflation, what cost 30 pieces of silver in biblical times now goes for $4 million.)  And the WMFE directors want to sell – to sell out.

But you can help to stop them, and keep Big Bird on the air in Orlando.

The sale requires FCC approval.  The FCC has solicited public comments.  Please submit your comment to the FCC, and save public broadcasting in Orlando.

Here’s how:  You write your views in a Word document.  You fill out the form at this website:

If the Proceeding isn’t already identified, then in the ‘Proceeding Number’ field, type 11-75.

And then you attach the Word document to that form, following the instructions on the screen.

Tell the FCC whom you prefer to see on TV:  Big Bird or hate-spewing John Hagee.  The deadline for comments is tomorrow (Friday) night.  It will take you five or ten minutes.  And it will make a big difference.

Everyone always complains about the media.  Well, here’s something you can do about it.  Let’s keep good TV on TVPlease help.


Alan Grayson

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