MoveOn.org, the outspoken advocacy group at the forefront of all things progressive, has turned its home page into a petition opposing proposed funding cuts to public broadasting, and e-mailed its members to sign it. And pubcasting execs appreciate that effort, right? Well . . .
Several who spoke with Adweek “wish MoveOn would have stayed quiet,” the advertising mag reports. They’re concerned that the group’s support “will help opponents paint public broadcasting as a tool of the left wing, rather than a thoughtful, educational and often high-brow approach to news and culture.”
Adweek quoted one exec as saying of the MoveOn.org assistance: “We’re embarrassed.”
But PBS President Paula Kreger disagreed. “When you look at the breadth of people talking about us right now, they aren’t all left- or right-wing crazy people,” Kreger told Adweek. “MoveOn is out there, but so are others. It’s a stretch to point to them and say, ‘See, they’re all one.’ It’s a polarizing time, and there are some people who look for these opportunities.”