Friday, April 03, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.


Porter Melmoth said...

Ah! Another fine morning unsullied by Insleaking or Mundrabness!

Er, what's the latest hideousness to come shrieking over the Nationally Pathetic Radiation?

(Or dare I ask?)

Porter Melmoth said...

I dare!

Porter Melmoth said...

Well OK, here something of value from Democracy Now!:

* Noam Chomsky on US Expansion of Afghan Occupation, the Uses of NATO, and What Obama Should Do in Israel-Palestine *

We speak to Noam Chomsky, prolific author and Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As NATO leaders gather for a sixtieth anniversary summit in France, Chomsky says, "The obvious question is, why bother celebrating NATO at all? In fact, why does it exist?" Chomsky also analyzes the Obama administration's escalation of the Afghanistan occupation and reacts to the new Netanyahu government in Israel.


Anonymous said...

I don't see an NPR report (nary a word) on the potential conflicts of interest of Obama's (and NPR's) favorite economic adviser (Larry Summers)

"Barack Obama's chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees last year from firms that have direct financial interests before the government or are intimately involved in the White House's bank relief programs." -- Sam Stein

//end quote

Obama said he would change things and this is what we get?

Good grief, might as well bring back Bush cuz this apple is rotten to its core.

Anonymous said...

"If it's not independent, it's not journalism," -- Glenn Greenwald, The Ithacan

...and if it's NPR, it's not independent.

Draw your own conclusion.

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

Friends, remember:

In a Corporate State, corporate Media are the State media.

NPR, no less than Faux... They are ALL propagandists for the corpoRat status quo...Every utterance you hear, every image you see, virtually every thought you experience, is the product of a corpoRat propaganda initiative...

Anonymous said...

Bill Moyers is what NPR was supposed to be about.

By the way, Moyers just interviewed William Black (a top regulator who went after fraudulent banks during the S&L scandal of the 80's) who gives a truly sobering picture of "massive fraud" behind the current financial crisis and ongoing efforts by our government working in concert with the banks to (Black's words) "cover up" both the scale of the problem AND the recipients of bailout money.

Moyers interview is what journalism is supposed to be about, or one important aspect, at least.

I seriously doubt we will EVER hear an interview on NPR that is even remotely similar to the Black interview.

The management would simply never allow it.

gopol said...

The Izzy is excellent! I loved seeing Goodman and Greenwald on Moyers.

As for Woody: "Every thought you experience, is the product of a corpoRat propaganda initiative..."

Wow, I suspect that's only half tongue in cheek. It's an amazing iron fist the corpocrats keep on the media - clearly a ferocious drive to mold public opinion. What gets me is the number of fairly educated people that have to be complicit in this. People have amazing powers of denial that allow them to believe things which are completely in apposition to what they do. Sort of like what you do is to suppress what you know through the power of twisted belief...especially when feelings of nationalism come to play and especially when it is tinged with the guilt of killing the native peoples in both the "New Wold" (read "Homeland") and in the "Holy Land" (read "Israel.")

miranda said...

A must-read on how NPR is dominated by the American Enterprise Institute right-wing "think tank" (aka conservative booking agency):

Anonymous said...

Gopol and Woody:

It's as natural as "the air you breath" according to Orwell in 1984. Only an accident of fate was I able to be turned on to an alternative view of (and it had a bit to do with psychedelics but . . .) some one gave me books about the attempts at cultural hegemony. Then I began to look for the leaks. NPR is NOT a leak.