Friday, June 27, 2008

Open Thread

NPR related comments welcomed.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone hear Mara Liasson on ME this morning (Friday)? She discussed Obama in terms that may as well have been talking points handed to her by the McCain campaign. Of all of them, I think she is the worst -- although Scot Simon's nasty, insane editorial last Saturday was pretty bad. Of course, it's hard to take Liasson seriously -- along with any other "journalist" who appears on Fox.

Steve Byan said...

I had to turn it off before Mara the Liar came on. After hearing Rene's introduction, where she stated as fact that "Obama is the most liberal senator" based on the (conservative) National Journal's biased survey, I couldn't bear to hear what I knew would come next from Mara.

For some debunking of the National Journal's methodology, see Steve Benen's post at the Washington Monthly

Mytwords said...

Thanks for the link Steve. There's a similar note on the NJ's "survey" posted on Salon.com. The Liarson/Mundane chat is also another opportunity for NPR to squeeze the range of political opinion as right and tight as they can. Obama, never more than a liberal centrist, was supposedly way out in lefty land during the primaries. Liarson says, "primaries tend to push candidates to the extremes of their parties; general elections draw them back to the center." Liarson knows that the center of all voters in the US is against the war in Iraq and for universal health care but she wants to keep the center where she is (elite, imperial, and reactionary). It's pretty disgusting stuff.

Porter Melmoth said...

Plus, as is the case with all these NPR superstars, there was plenty of what I would call 'elegantly amused disdain' in Liarson and Mundane's seasoned voices when talking about the current hot item in their Petri dish to fiddle with: Barack Hussein Obama.

Think of how many listeners out there actually aspire to BE like these two successful 'ladies who brunch'?

That's the problem with bad media types: they become role models.

big!pink!fuzzy!bunny! said...

Boy-o-boy, I ain't missin' shit, am I? Though excrement is ere what it be. Pee-yoo!

Grimblebee said...

OK, this ain't exactly political, but if the "dumbing down" of NPR signifies anything, then take note: On tonight's hourly newscast, one of the announcers said something like "giving McCain and he etc." Something like that -- I was driving and distracted, but what I heard was clearly a case of bad grammar. Ugh!