Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed - but please keep the language in the PG-13 range...

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

But... Scott Simon still has his job?

anyone have an opinion on the work of John McChesney? (one of the 64 who was canned yesterday)

Porter Melmoth said...

Boy, I guess them old corporations aren't as omnipotent as we thought. And now NPR will be polishing up the old tin cup to stick in our faces.

Those poor laid-off ones! Hell, it's probably the best thing that ever happened to them. Now free of the NPRot, maybe they can heal and do public penance for having participated in propagandistic spinning and marketing.

McChesney used to be on the air more, and he often gave credible reports, in my estimation. His recent Gitmo report seemed to run afoul with NPR's Central Control. I assume he was headed for retirement, but now NPR yanked the rug out from under him. Cute.

Porter Melmoth said...

Here's the HuffPost angle on the layoffs:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/
12/10/npr-announces-layoffs-sho_n_150001.html

satansflaminghairplugs said...

NPR's 'Day to Day' , was cut and will be gone shortly after new years.

I will not miss it.

I hope "humorist", Brian Unger gets an honest job.
I dont accuse Unger of bias. A person must have actually given thought to a subject , to have bias.
Unger does not demonstrate such thought.
I am on my anti Unger tirade, because he is not funny.
A humorist worthy of the name should be deft in the art of humor.
Unger is not.

If its supposed to be humor, why am I not laughing?
Who did this guy have to pay, be related to, or sleep with, to get a regular spot on NPR?

Anonymous said...

huh. Brian Unger's pieces were the only time I ever laughed (intentionally) at something from NPR.

I was surprised he'd somehow slipped by the NPR gatekeepers of NPR's cringeworthy style of humor (ie, "THE CAPITOL STEPS!", Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, Wait Wait Don't TELL ME!); his stuff was often brilliant and subversive and hilarious. He'll be OK wherever he washes up, he's got brains and talent to spare.

big!punk!fizzy!bunny! (sic) said...

Ooh, tragic news (the bunny lamented, with mock poignancy.) The Chicken McNuggets have come home to roost - and while I'm on a roll with bad puns - scanning the HuffyPo article would convey 'their' reluctance to break open the reserves in their Kroc-Pot. For now?...

To clarify, I take no personal pleasure at the expense of someone else's misfortune; but weren't the Munchkins entitled to a little jubilation to the tune of "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead?"

War On War Off said...

Time to reduce those six-figure salaries. Maybe if Inscreep et al. made what most Americans barely get by on, they'd see things a bit...um differently.

Porter Melmoth said...

As she is not really merely or sincerely dead - yet, we can at least hum a bit of "Ding Dong The Witch Is Being Downsized..."

Anonymous said...

also: I prefer the black background.

Anonymous said...

They're flosing money haha hajhhaaaaaa.
What about all that cash from Jan Croc??

Mytwords said...

I actually like the black background better, but I've gotten several requests from readers who have a hard time reading it so I'll give it a go for a while...

Anonymous said...

i hate to seem petty, and I know that this (excellent) blog is about analysis of systemic bias in the NPR news division, but so often its the little things on NPR that really piss me off... and there isn't anywhere to really bitch about them.

tonight: "wail." On a piece about the Mexican drug war, the women were wailing. Why do only foreign women wail in NPR stories? I don't remember Americans "wailing" in any stories, even after 9-11.

and... a full story tonight on people who drop their cellphones in a toilet and retrieve them? A FULL STORY? Is this The Onion? I hope whoever OKed that piece was fired with the others.

Anonymous said...

Juan Williams had an appalling piece today on the Blago stench he sniffs hanging onto Obama. His idea of balance was to point out that someone in Obama's camp is lying about their contact with Blago (Axlerod said Obama had talked to the gov, Obama said he hadn't), but nowhere did Williams bother to mention that there was no evidence that Obama participated in this scheme, and evidence from all concerned that he specifically refused to particpate.