Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Open Thread - Wednesday

NPR related comments welcomed.


Porter Melmoth said...

It must be very frustrating being a producer at NPR. Case in point: this latest flashy 'road show' of tripping along Route 50 across the USA, with these supposedly 'diverse' interviews with citizens and what they think of issues today, and what the new Congress will do. I say frustrated, because, here's a series that sounds as if it's on a network TV reality show: all tied up with a bow, where 'real' people have been consulted and told to 'remain on the line' just so they can say 'thank you' or 'my pleasure' as token sign-off statements, thus filling up the air time with idle chatter, like Fox News would do. But the thing is, it's such a fluff piece, how could anybody be proud of it? Inskeep and Montaigne are so adept at yakking and chortling their way through these types of things that surely someone in the big time must be poised to offer them the big bucks to come yak and chortle their way through the bigger time than NPR. I guess why I mentioned this sorry subject at all is because it's painful listening to such a trivial 'roadshow' in the midst of the angst of a war going on, and the anticipation of a sociopathic president about to make a pronouncement as to where said war is going. NPR puts me in a bad mood. That I cannot deny.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how frustrating it is being a producer at NPR; I do know how frustrating it is listening to it.

This morning's hacky comment that the commander of Guantanamo Bay's monstrous torture prison "runs a tough ship" by Jackie Northam, for example, really pissed me off.

I've got to admit I've never paid opinion to Northam before... anyone have an opinion on her work (her bio looks solid, but...)?

Porter Melmoth said...

Jackie is perhaps one of the many at NPR who, now that they are more bolstered due to corporate support, can reveal their real selves more. So what I'm wondering is, have they have been that way all along, or have they become molded by NPR's new blatant attitudes? Ditzes like Andrea Seabrook fit into the new way perfectly (ugh!), but I can't imagine someone like John McChesney selling out. Julie McCarthy seems to have done so, but what about Michael Sullivan and others like that? Less frequent contributors may enjoy more autonomy. That's what is particularly insidious about NPR: many of the angles they present are so sly and based on innuendo, that the wiliness of propaganda and its subtleties are certainly being employed. Taking its cue from the Bush Cartel, NPR's gotten bolder (ironically, as the Bush Cartel's fortunes are blowing apart) and the subtleties aren't so subtle anymore. Fortunately, this blog has skillfully pointed out many such angles, which I for one, would have missed otherwise.