Sunday, October 19, 2008

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.

Be sure to read some of the great comments on the previous Q Tips - excellent critiques of NPR's coverage (non-coverage) of the economic crisis.


miranda said...

I really should have my ears removed rather than listen to "Talk of the Nation," especially during election season. Just caught the words of a caller, a native of Afghanistan, detailing why he thinks Obama's foreign policy judgments are the most realistic. Conan the Barbarian made sure -- as he always does! -- to put in a good word for the "naval pilot" McCain, who "knows a lot about war." The caller answered politely, in effect saying that that kind of military experience isn't necessarily the most helpful. Neil, also a proponent of the "false equivalency/both campaigns are vicious" idea, sure doesn't do a very good job of hiding his bias.

Porter Melmoth said...

I don't think NPR is really trying to hide any of their biases. On the contrary, they're trying to promote them. This blog is full of countless examples.

During the recent Nobel award announcements, the Morn Ed hacks were doing all they could to minimize Paul Krugman's prize for economics. Krugman, of course, is critical of everything Bushistic (and thus, NPR-istic, in effect). They even seemed to find the winner of the peace prize, Martti Ahtisaari amusing and quaint (no doubt because they'd never heard of him). Talk about bias: despite their distaste for Krugman, they clearly wanted Americans to win everything (as Al Gore was safely out of the running this year). So, by their trivializing persons they find offensive or superfluous, NPR employs the same tactics as Fox News, rendering them a dubious news source at best.