Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Open Thread - Tuesday

NPR related comments welcomed.


Owl said...

Reaper follow-up
I sent NPR a message containing basically what I wrote in my blog about the "reaper" story last month (All Things Considered, April 21). The response has been a series of jumbled, (mostly?) automated emails, never getting beyond platitudes. Another one came today. I bet that "review" they mention is a deeply probing, self-critical process.

Message from NPR
Dear Mr. Olson,

Thank you for adding your comments to our coverage of the Reaper. Your message has already been sent to the staff of "All Things Considered" for their review.

We are committed to presenting voices from many sides and giving our listeners the opportunity to make their own conclusions. This piece is just one in our complete coverage, which you can access on www.NPR.org. NPR is mindful of the journalistic principles that have guided us for more than three decades in producing news programs distinguished for impartiality and objectivity.

Emily Hellewell
NPR Communications

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 12:49PM
To: NPRComm
Subject: Reaper

Ticket# 04212007C43080001
Mail received Time : 4/21/2007 2:46:42 AM

The following is a copy of the customer request received: ...


Response Sent: Dear Eric,

Thank you for contacting NPR's All Things Considered.

We appreciate your comments regarding NPR programming.

Given the sensitivity of your concerns, your thoughts have been forwarded for further review.

Thank you for listening to All Things Considered, and for your continued support of public broadcasting. For the latest news and information, visit NPR.org.


NPR Services

Madam Dufarge said...

Hello comrades! (big eyewink here)

I heard today that my local affiliate (WNYC) is going to try to raise enough in one hour of ME to pay for two weeks of their crappy program. I plan on calling in (repeatedly perhaps) to explain why I will not be donating during this time slot. Yes, I will contribute -- later, but in no way is my contribution an endorsement of the NPR programming that this otherwise (mostly) great radio station broadcasts. (WTF is up with On Point?!!?) I have no intention of harassing volunteers, but I'm not opposed to tying up phone lines.

Find out if your affiliate is doing something similar. Perhaps we can get some attention.

Madam Dufarge

willie mink said...

Ha! I love your nom de blog, madam, and your idea--hadn't thought of it. Jamming the phones during those "call in now and help us meet this generous listener's challenge!" pledge drives is a great way of inserting a message through yet another crack in the facade. "We need just 10 more calls this hour to meet that challenge!" Heh heh--make that 11. I'll be doing this next time the false cheer and repressed indignity of pledge drive week comes around.