Petition to the President and Vice President to Save Funding For National Public RadioFiction!

Summary of eRumor:

A message says that Nina Tottenberg on National Public Radio said that if the Supreme Court supports congress, it will be the end of National Public Radio, Government officials feel that too much of the budget is being spent on “…something which is seen as not worthwhile.” The eRumor asks that you add your name to the bottom of the email as a petition to let your representatives know there is a base of support for NPR and that the petition will be sent to the president and vice president of the United States.

The Truth:  

This story is a hoax.

According to NPR, it was started by some college students who wanted to “test the power of the Internet.”

Note:  In June of  2005 Congress did enter into debate on whether to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to both the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR).
That is an actual event in Congress and unrelated to this email hoax, which has been circulating for several years.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Dear Friend,

On NPR’s Morning Edition last week, Nina Tottenberg said that if the Supreme Court supports Congress, it is effectively the end of the National Public Radio (NPR), NEA & the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). PBS, NPR and the arts are facing major cutbacks in funding. In spite of the efforts of each station to reduce spending costs and streamline their services, some government officials believe that the funding currently going to these programs is too large a portion of funding for something which is seen as not
worthwhile. The only way that our representatives can be aware of the base of support for PBS and funding for these types of programs is by making our
voices heard.

Please add your name to this list and forward it to friends who believe in what this stands for. This list will be forwarded to the President and the Vice President of the United States. This petition is being passed around the Internet. Please add your name to it so that funding can be maintained for NPR, PBS, & the NEA.

Please keep this petition rolling. Do not reply to me. Please sign and forward to others to sign. If you prefer not to sign, please send to the …