Monday, November 03, 2008

Crystal Ball


Assuming the election is not stolen by the right, any guesses on how NPR will frame election results when the Republicans get trounced?

24 comments:

Porter Melmoth said...

I'll suggest something from "Citizen Kane" National Pouting Radio:

"FRAUD AT POLLS"

Porter Melmoth said...

PS: A minor typo: Please read "for" between "Kane" and "National"

Mytwords said...

I'm guessing they'll play it as a vote for bipartisanship, support for war in Afghanistan or some such nonsense.

nash said...

Centrism, centrism, centrism. We will be cautioned ad nauseam about how the trouncing will not be a mandate for any sort of populist reform, any sort of scaling back of the empire, etc. Cokie Roberts probably has her commentary for the next four years already written.

Hey, is that Tom Servo?

--nashtbrutusandshort
Categorical Aperitif

Anonymous said...

Let's remind our listeners that this is a center-right nation, and it will behoove Obama not to stray from that when governing - lest he lose the American people and have a failed presidency. Over to you, Cookie and Juan.

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

Absolutely nothing this bunny can add to these salient points... my friends!

But of this you can be certain - the icky soundwaves of NoPR won't be reaching the pink of my lupine ears tomorrow morn, no matter what the outcome.

RepubLiecan said...

Cokie Roberts will lecture the Democrats to not be too harsh or critical of the Republicans for she knows what the public wants or rather doesn't want. Just like after the 2006 elections, she spoke for the public saying they didn't want Republicans held responsible for anything, so they shouldn't have to face hearing or investigations on any kind.

The rest of them will say how this is good for the Republicans.

Steve Byan said...

Clearly those fraudulent voter registrations from ACORN tipped the result of the election. Is Obama's administration legitimate?

Republicans charge massive vote fraud; call for recounts in many states.

Supreme Court refuses to intervene in election recount dispute, stating "this is clearly a state's rights issue, not a Federal issue".

Anonymous said...

Don Gonyea and the rest of the Flock of Parrots on National Parrot Radio will be warning the Democrats "Don't get too cocky".

"After all, just look at what happened to Newt and his Contract on America."

An OBama win is a slap to the face of NPR management who have done their damndest to give McCain an edge.

Anonymous said...

jeez, less that one day post-election and I'm already sick to death of the 'Obama must govern from the center' idiocy. Stuff it, Neil Conan, you sad sack.

Anonymous said...

jeez, less that one day post-election and I'm already sick to death of the 'Obama must govern from the center' idiocy. Stuff it, Neil Conan, you sad sack.

Anonymous said...

er...nothing makes the point better than an accidental dupe.
:-)

Anonymous said...

If I could be permitted one moment of vitriol: F*ck you Mara Liasson! Ah, that's better . . .

Liberality said...

they stumped so hard for McCain and all for naught!

artes moriendi said...

Mara Liasson's "reporting" on the high expectations for Obama's first term is the perfect answer to your question. This was a frankly nasty, bile-drenched, sour grapes piece from the National Review wing of NPR that starts with a sneering enumeration of all the arrows and pins of political reality that are going to puncture (ha ha!) the soaring promises of Obama's high-flying campaign rhetoric, continues with snippets of disdainful commentary from various right-wing or right-leaning pundits and think tank figures (O'Hanlon, Kagan, etc.), proceeds to warnings about Obama's inability to cope with the unruly left wing of his own party, and includes for good measure a golden-oldie soundbite unearthed from the campaign trail that features former presidential candidate Biden stating that Obama is woefully unprepared to deal with foreign policy crises. That last touch was pure Liasson: gratuitously spiteful, puerile, cheap. What I'm always struck by in Liasson's pieces is precisely this tone of personal, rancorous contempt for various Democratic political figures and her total inability to conceal her own political sympathies. At anywhere else but NPR, that would be a disqualification for working as a reporter. At NPR it gets you promoted to the top.

Perhaps the situation with NPR and Liasson is rather similar to that of the McCain campaign and "whack job" Palin: they hired her, now they're stuck with her, ghastly warts and all. Trying to lance this boil might bring on another lawsuit, might it not?

artes moriendi said...

I should add that the Liasson piece I'm referring to above aired on Morning Edition on Thursday, November 6.

Anonymous said...

Mara Liasson is NPR's Fox News embedded reporter (I wonder if they send her MREs to eat when she does her broadcasts from NPR offices). Her report this morning provides a taste of things to come for future coverage of the Obama administration.

(ah, I see artes moriendi has already got to this)

Anonymous said...

I usually flip off the radio (using not only the off button, but also my middle finger) when Mara Liason's voice starts streaming out of my speakers. But this morning, for some reason I didn't, thinking she couldn't possibly be wielding her sh*t shovel a mere 36 hours after we declared a new president. But, oh man, was I wrong.

It all unfolded in slow motion, as she drug out some of the most discredited neocon mouthpieces of the last four years - Ornstein, Gerson, and then Kagan and O'Hanlon - to comment on the upcoming Obama presidency.

Geezuskrist, these guys couldn't even get policy right for their own guy! How in the world do they have a shred of credibility to comment on....ANYTHING!

I guess on the bright side, that as long these people remain the voices of choice for the Repubs, then the party will continue its descent into total irrelevancy.

Mara, don't you get it? There was an election - we just rejected everything these hacks stand for. But I digress. Maybe you can make a permanent move to Fox and the entire network can disappear into the ground like the house does at the end of the movie "Poltergeist."

The comments about the story over at the NPR site are dead on the mark. Gives you faith that change may really be coming.

Anonymous said...

that should be the "most discredited neocon mouthpieces of the last EIGHT years -"

Sorry - I've been up too late this week watching people around the world actually be happy about something.

Anonymous said...

are there other NPR reporters (if that is what they are) besides Mara and Juan who have dual loyalties with other news/propaganda companies? I know that Forero also writes for the NYTimes and WPost... are there others? Why is Fox News given special treatment?

... speaking of Juan Forero, i did a little googling and discovered
this, which made me laugh: The Return of Juan Forero, or Why NPR Still Sucks Ass

larry, dfh said...

Yeah, liasssson was her usual P.O.S. this morning, but for wbur listeners it continued alomost uninterrupted. For balance we hear from some a.e.i. asshole, followed by one of the dumb-ass kagans, followed by roger simon. True balance, a la npr. Oh, and as regards forero, one should also include the c.i.a. as current employer.

big!pink!fuzzy!bubby! said...

mmmm, Popeye bashin'. So delicious!!

Anonymous said...

I think the reason people like Liasson are not fired is that there is essentially no accountability at NPR.

Since "balance" is the be-all and end all of everything at NPR, any criticism of Liasson (or anyone else at NPR) as "biased' will be dismissed with the old "We get criticism from the left AND right, so we must be doing something right. Carry on Mara".


NPR management know that they have the American people over a barrel.

The only way that we can put a stop to this stuff is to cut all funding for public radio -- and that would mean cutting out not only news but all the other stuff too.

NPR News has essentially become a gigantic, bloated parasite attached to public radio.

Anonymous said...

NPR "news" is a cancer on public radio.

It has so infilthrated public radio that there may be no saving public radio without killing it -- ie, cutting off all money to NPR member stations that purchase NPR news.

I suspect Congress would never do the latter, especially not a Congress led by the Democrats.