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October 16, 2007
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Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala Featured in National Freedom of Speech Week PSAs

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation launched a new public service announcement today commemorating National Freedom of Speech Week, October 15-19. The PSAs feature Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC's Tucker and upcoming CBS game show Do You Trust Me?, and Paul Begala, Democratic political analyst for CNN. While the two pundits represent opposite ends of the political spectrum, each value the other's right to express opposing beliefs, they explain in the PSA. Produced for both radio and television, the PSAs are available to stations and communities throughout the country.

"Freedom of speech is fundamental to American democracy and a gift from our Founding Fathers," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "It is the bedrock of broadcasting and I urge local stations to remind all Americans of the importance of Freedom of Speech by airing these PSAs."

There are eight other PSAs for television and radio in addition to the Carlson/Begala PSAs. All are available in both English and Spanish and can be found online at NABEF's Web site. The site also includes a section entitled Programming Ideas for Stations. Examples include:

  • Work with local schools to create a lesson plan on the First Amendment and freedom of speech.
  • Join with the local library or a history museum in your community to organize an exhibit on the First Amendment and freedom of speech.

National Freedom of Speech Week was first launched in 2005 to highlight the importance of free speech, a constitutional right that is an essential part of sustaining our democracy.

About NABEF
The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and timely broadcasting issues.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.

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