Organization for NPR, PBS funding sticks up for public media after deep House cuts

Hours after the House passed aggressive cuts to public media funding, the organization that oversees government money for NPR and PBS is sticking up for federal funding. 

Patricia Harrison, the chief executive of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made a case for public television and radio in a media landscape dominated by cable and migrating onto the Internet. 

Her selling points: public media is local, trustworthy, and educational.

Federal dollars fund "community-based public television and radio stations and program producers who create unique and trusted content," she said. 

Public outlets serve "the educational and informational needs of this country," she said. 

Harrison thanked House Democrats who fought the cuts, including Reps. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns Hillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger MORE (Mass.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol The farm bill fails animals in need MORE (Ore.), and Nita Lowey (NY).

Amid a marathon spending debate this week, they held a news conference extolling the importance of public media with Arthur the Aardvark, star of the PBS show "Arthur." They also introduced an amendment to retain public media funding, which the House rejected. 

Harrison pledged to move the fight to the Senate, where the cuts may not survive. President Obama indicated a commitment to retaining public media dollars when he unveiled his FY 2012 budget this week. 

Harrison said that as the fight moves forward, she will raise awareness about the "importance of the federal investment in public media."