Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Open Thread...Here Goes

A reader commented yesterday " You know what your blog needs?

Some kind of open-thread comments section where people can comment on NPR stories while they listen ... "

Sounds like a good proposition. Starting here, I'll try one each day for a while and see if it works out. Feel free to post comments regarding NPR coverage.

6 comments:

jules said...

While cleaning out the cat box this morning (the activity that seems most suited to listening to NPR) I heard part of Inskeep's interview with Rep. Rahm Emanuel. From what I could tell, it was one of the most combative interviews I've ever heard Inskeep do, keeping Emanuel on the defensive almost the entire time (not that I mind aggressive journamalists, but jeez Steve, why weren't you like this with bloody John Yoo or any one of the Chimp's rank apologists????EVER????). He seemed to be trying to bait him into either denouncing lefty bloggers, or (egad!) coming off like one of those looneys himself (you know, the ones who "went after Joe Lieberman" blah blah blah, oh what shall we tell the children)! I only heard part of it, so I'd be interested to hear what others thought...

Anonymous said...

I heard that this morning, tuned into it late, in the midst of the interview.

I went from "jeez, whoever this guy is, he's a real dick" to "wait, this guy's right on" to "whoa, this guy is... Rahm Emanuel, and I'm... liking him? " to "jeez, Inskeep's a real dick."

So, my opinion of Inskeep didn't change, but I had a new-found respect for Emanuel, I must say.

Anonymous said...

Something I would like to read from the host blogger here are (and maybe it's been addressed in the past and I missed it, seeing as I've only been dropping by in the past month or so)some thoughts on the global (meta?) question of... Why is NPR so bad, so often? Why is there this insouciant, playful yet superior tone from so many of the hosts? Why is the coverage so slanted so much of the time? Why is the daily focus so oriented towards the interests on the white upper-middle class, both economic and social? (Nannies?) If BBC is the model on which NPR is built, why is the BBC superior in every way (it's not just the money)?

Tonight, for example, the longest coverage of ATC was spent on "hospitality as a core concept of a Chicago restaurant." It's patronizing and insulting to have to listen to this crap.

I also wonder if there are NPR employees who check in here from time to time, and hope they would chime in, as well. NPR - from what I understand - wasn't always like this and was a very different beast 20 years ago. What happened?

Anonymous said...

"NPR - from what I understand - wasn't always like this and was a very different beast 20 years ago. What happened?"

Nixon.

I remember in the mid-70's when NPR actually had reporters in Africa and ATC would come up with a _follow up_ report on some obscure border conflict some months after the initial report. Nixon's funding cuts doomed all that.

Anonymous said...

I don't listen much to NPR any more, but I happened to catch a story on Morning Edition by Mara Liasson (I think it was Monday) about the upcoming mid-term elections and how badly the Republicans were polling. The thing that struck me about her story was how all the people she interviewed were Republicans. Not a single Democrat interviewed about the 2006 elections.

Mytwords said...

Anon wrote "Something I would like to read from the host blogger here are (and maybe it's been addressed in the past and I missed it, seeing as I've only been dropping by in the past month or so)some thoughts on the global (meta?) question of... Why is NPR so bad, so often?'

I'm afraid I'm just not up to the task (knowledge and time). I've seen some articles about NPR's demise/slide further right but don't have them at hand. I would hope this blog would offer evidence for anyone tackling the bigger picture. They could feel free to borrow...