The Legislature did the public radio and TV stations and their listeners a disservice in slashing $900,000 in state funding in the middle of the night near the session's end — with no discussion or opportunity for broadcasters to defend the funding. The out-of-the-blue amendment by state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, forced House members to choose between public stations and veterans — a tight spot in an election year, and something that deserved thorough discussion. If Gov. Mark Parkinson has the ability to rescind the cut with a line-item veto, he should. What's a painful bite out of the budgets of urban stations such as KMUW and KPTS in Wichita will be a debilitating blow to the rural stations that serve so much of the state.