Sunday, January 28, 2007

Radio Not Roads Campaign

Hat tip: Below the Beltway

In response to a bill proposed by Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37) to cut off State funding for public television and radio, several constituencies have started a “Radio Not Rails” movement. According to these groups, based mostly in Falls Church and Arlington, the citizens of Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties should not mind being stuck in long traffic delays because “Listening to ‘Morning Edition’ or ‘All Things Considered’ is very educational.” According to sources in these organizations, once people listen to more state-subsidized NPR programs, they will be inclined to use bike trails, and thus, widening of roads will not be deemed critical.

Leaders of the groups issued a warning, however: “If it is found that drivers are listening to right wing hate radio, we will have to review our policy and possibly introduce other driving disincentives, such as potholes.” Asked to define “right wing hate radio,” the officials said, “We don’t know, we never listen. But we know it’s out there.”

The Senator did not respond directly to these groups, but a spokesman for a taxpayers' organization said that "in their typical fashion, Northern Virginia Democrats want to give everyone the Big Bird."