Saturday, January 10, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

(was originally posted under the Jack Bauer post)

GOD! Simon's interview with Enya is just. . . he's so horrible and creepy. The way he talks to people in these interviews, it's like a priest who slyly talks a choir boy into taking down his pants. And.. ENYA. HORRIBLE

"...enya...let me ask...you live in this castle all alone...are you lonely?..."

1/10/09 7:56 AM

biggest!pinkest!fuzziest!bunnyest! said...

Ah, moments as such only further gratify and vindicate my listener boycott/membership lapse - so sorry, well-intentioned local affiliate.

mdestape said...

NPR seems no longer to be "lapsing" from centrist coverage - more like bathing in some nouveau Murdochian "fair and balanced" ballwash.

Are they a buyout target? Is he looking at them? Or are they trying to seem more New York Timesish in anticipation of merging with them?

Something's up - and it's distorting their journalism in grotesque ways.

larry, dfh said...

Wow!, just WOW! I used to have some respect for linda wurtheimer, but her fellating of the bush legacy was, well, just WOW! The whole tone was about how he's the guy to have a beer with (though actually avoiding that chestnut), how modest, and folksy, and fun he is. Quick interviews with his long term criminal co-conspirators (friends), about what a devoted husband he is, how determined and serious, and well, how much fun it is to go golfing and bike riding with him. The glaring and ironic truth of the bush years need not be mentioned here by me. wurtheimer is a patsy and a fool, and npr really is nothing more than a bucket of lies.

larry, dfh said...

That previous rant was from Sunday WE. Let me put this into perspective: Living in my house is a woman from Iran who spent 2 years in jail for not ratting out her acquaintences. She told me over breakfast this morning, that it wasn't that the police would not have gotten the information, which they probably did, it's that she didn't want to be associated with it. She also talked about the son of an Iranian friend who got fired from DuPont for not signing off on something with which he disagreed. He said he didn't want to be associated with it. The contrast between these meager souls and the overpriced pompous assholes at npr who will associate themselves with anything that turns a bhuck is stunning.

RepubLiecan said...

Larry, it appears that No Presidential Responsibility is the legacy bestowed upon Bush by NPR. I listened to that piece thinking this is the best they can do? The most negative thing they mention is that Bush has some critics.

RepubLiecan said...

Finally!!! On Weekend Edition Sunday Eric Westervelt and Ahmed Abu Hamda reported on civilian casualties, mentioning the IRC report of starving children found beside the bodies of their parents. It's about time NPR covered some of the horror of this war instead of cheerleading for Israel and the US government support for it.

Anonymous said...

What a steaming pile of Bush Legacy Project that was! I can't believe that it was broadcast with a straight face,as it were. At this late date in the Bush disaster would even Doocy or Malkin lay it on this thick? Revolting.

biggerbox said...

Is it just denial or a conscious wish to avoid admitting that we elected a sociopath? Sunday morning's segment talking about what a great guy Bush is to 'hang out with', on a personal level was just bizarre. On-air statements from long-time friends and associates about what a nice guy he is, and stories of how unpretentious and how he doesn't like fancy dress-up state dinners, but really likes his mountain biking? Seriously? After all we know now?

There was mention of his devotion to a rigid schedule that has him in bed by 9:30 if possible, with the suggestion that it helped him keep a sense of normality in his life as President. It was an implied good thing.

I myself read it a sign of a dangerously inflexible personality, instead, and thought someone might have said something about how he prefers simple physical competition (biking) to social events where he is expected to behave as an adult, and share the spotlight with others, to whom he might have to show polite respect.

For some reason, there were no voices describing Bush being rude to them, much less a mention of the inappropriate snickering and giggling over life and death matters, like executions in Texas, or Iraq. Nope, just another repetition of the "if every American got to be up close with him, they'd know" meme. It was really as if NPR really WANTS people to remember the epithet Nice Polite Republicans.

dguzman said...

I think biggerbox might've hit on the truth: "Is it just denial or a conscious wish to avoid admitting that we elected a sociopath?"

I realize that no national journalist will ever come on-air and say, "Well, Steve, I spoke with Bush for three hours, and frankly, I thought he was an asshole." I realize that a journalist will never even say, "I spoke with Bush for three hours and found him tolerable." Fine; I accept these truths. However, do they HAVE to give him a full-on three-hour blowjob instead? Can't they merely leave his "personality" (like a serial killer has a "personality") out of it?