Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Open Thread - Wednesday

NPR related comments welcomed.


Willie Mink said...

Bizarre update this morning from Steve Bowen (sp?), some sort of leader on reconstruction efforts in Iraq. He talked about how security problems are allowing Iraqis to sabotage reconstruction efforts, and how Iraqi corruption is siphoning off a lot of money. I heard nothing about corruption on the American government and corporation side! Surely the much bigger illicit drain on funds--corruption and theft--is on that side.

Unrelated--that giant bulldozer Bush rode in Illinois yesterday provides a nice metaphor for what he's trying to do to the Middle East.

Anonymous said...

I've waded back in to the NPR swamp just to participate with this site. It's painful, so I only take small doses, but the site and the comments are so smart I want to be a part.
Has anyone noticed that NPR is now plugging the books of its "personalities"? Render unto me a frigging break!

For a great radio interveiw host I recommend Brian Lehrer's show out of WNYC, which streams on line ten to noon eastern. It can be New York-centric, but he also interveiws a lot of guests of national interest.

Anonymous said...

that giant bulldozer Bush rode in Illinois yesterday provides a nice metaphor for what he's trying to do to the Middle East.

Also eerily reminiscent of what happens to activists (such as Rachel Corrie) who deign to criticize the American/Israeli Wehrmacht...

Anonymous said...

"For a great radio interveiw host I recommend Brian Lehrer's show out of WNYC, which streams on line ten to noon eastern."

also, as podcast:

larry, dfh said...

This morning on ME there was mention of Iran's "meddling in Iraq". That was a pretty lame job of reporting, and did not elicit trust in this listener. And yes, Brian Lehrer seems to have a very good show, from the little I've heard. I think he has much more integrity than his father.

Anonymous said...

To return to NPR's new theme of "compromise and bipartisanship" for a moment. I was reading John Nichols' obituary for Molly Ivans and I came across this (long but worth the read):

"When Washington pundits started counseling bipartisanship after voters routed the Republicans in the 2006 elections, Molly wrote, "The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding. Ever since 1994, the Republican Party has gone after Democrats with the frenzy of a foaming mad dog. There was the impeachment of Bill Clinton, not to mention the trashing of both Clinton and his wife--accused of everything from selling drugs to murder--all orchestrated by that paragon of manners, Tom DeLay.... So after 12 years of tolerating lying, cheating and corruption, the press is prepared to lecture Democrats on how to behave with bipartisan manners.
"Given Bush's record with the truth, this bipartisanship sounds like a bad idea on its face," Ivins continued, in a column that warned any Democrat who might think to make nice with President and his team that "These people are not only dishonest--they're not even smart."

Kevan said...

On another note, no pun intended, Performance Today moved over to American Public Media. What happened?

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