Fracking the signal

Fracking the signal

NPR has been accepting millions of dollars in "sponsorship" from the fracking front-group known as ANGA. In exchange for their support, NPR hosts like Steve Inskeep, Melissa Block and Audie Cornish routinely read messages that blatantly misrepresent the dangers of fracking to our planet and people.

We've delivered petitions, met with NPR's ombudsman and CEO, and cajoled their staff on Facebook and Twitter. But they have resolutely maintained that there's no connection between these pro-fracking messages and the news coverage. Well there is now: Last week NPR reduced their climate reporting team to one person saying they don't "feel like [the environment] necessarily requires dedicated reporters."

If you agree that NPR's behavior is outrageous, chip in to help us send them the message next week.

  • $25 pays for banners and signs so NPR staff inside the building can see our message from their office windows.
  • $50 covers transportation to the event for a fracking activist from Cove Point Maryland.
  • $100 pays for 20 phone calls connecting members like you to their local NPR station so they can't tune us out.

Here’s our plan: Next week, just as All Things Considered is going on the air, dozens of fracking fighters will assemble in the courtyard outside their building. From their front doorstep, we’ll broadcast a pirate radio show that can be heard inside their building, and anywhere online.

Our version of "All Fracking Things Considered" will feature live interviews with activists living with the impacts of fracking every day. Together, we’ll report the facts of fracking, and bring stories of the people, places and communities destroyed by extreme energy to a broad audience. You know … JOURNALISM!

Last time we broadcast this kind of pirate radio show, thousands of people tuned in and participated. But NPR blacked us out. This time, to make sure they get the message, we’ll combine our show with a call in day that connects listeners like you to your local affiliate.

All together it will be a powerful hour of action that NPR can't ignore. But to pull it off, we need funds to make banners and signs, bring in special guests and to cover the cost of hundreds and hundreds of calls to local NPR affiliates to make sure they get the message.

Please chip in $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to make this event a success.

Thanks for taking back the airwaves for our planet