Pantsless Progressive

During the Iraq war, a respected research organization found that “NPR/PBS — parts of the U.S. public broadcasting system — are notable because their viewers and listeners consistently held fewer misperceptions with respect to verifiable facts relating to the Iraq war than respondents who obtained their information from other news sources.”

Earlier this month, the devastating earthquake in Japan and warnings in advance of the subsequent tsunami were first reported and televised live for the Japanese people, and then to the world, through NHK — the Japanese public broadcasting service.

And this week, there are reports that the U.S. State Department will fund the BBC, Britain’s public broadcasting service, with a “significant sum” of money to help combat the blocking of TV and Internet services in countries including Iran and China.

When there is need to reach key audiences with factual and trusted information, public broadcasting delivers.

Bill Kling

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