Arthur joins Rep. Markey to defend federally funded media

Arthur the Aardvark joined Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in a press conference on Wednesday in defense of federal funding for radio and TV stations.

Markey and six other Democrats are offering an amendment to the Republican spending bill reversing its attempt to cut funding for the Corporation for Public broadcasting, which oversees taxpayer dollars that go to NPR, PBS and others.

Someone in an Arthur-suit stood by Markey's side as he issued a strong defense of public broadcasting. Arthur, though too young to vote, has a stake in the matter as his show "Arthur" appears on PBS. 

"We cannot allow Republicans to lavish hundreds of millions of dollars a year in tax breaks on Big Oil while leaving Arthur and his pals in the lurch," Markey said.

Video of his speech is below.