Republican tries again with bill to de-fund NPR

Free Press Action Fund managing director Craig Aaron denounced the bills in a statement issued on Friday that urged public broadcasters to push back against the legislation.

"Local PBS and NPR stations reach more than 98 percent of American households, and for some communities, they are the only sources of serious local news and information. They also employ thousands of journalists — at a time when newsrooms around the country are shedding tens of thousands of jobs a year," Aaron said.

"Public media leaders need to take a stand, too. You don’t put a bully in his place by handing over your lunch money and hoping he’ll go away. You have to fight. And when you do, millions and millions of your viewers, listeners and fans will have your back.”