Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.

14 comments:

andywells2009 said...

The very first thing I heard from NPR at 5 this morning was the news that Joe Wilson had been censured by the House for "disagreeing with the president"...

mmm, WRONG!

Juan "Toss" Ensalada said...

Congressman Barney Frank swats David Wellna on the nose today on Morning (Anniversary) Edition.

Porter Melmoth said...

WellNot! is one of those nasally cartoon-voiced NPR-niks that seem to thrive in that stale environment.

As in so many cases, nobody higher up ever tells these people, 'your voice is difficult to listen to' because I've always assumed that NPR thinks it's superior by not going for the glamourpuss types.

Yeah, right. Inskreep, Mundane...

Broadcast voices should not be distracting. That's not discriminatory, that's just efficient. BBC, for all its faults has stuck to that standard. US media is too tied into the showbiz aspect to remember such standards, and NPR doesn't know how to do either one very well(na).

But take Barney Frank. Nobody talks like he does; Barney's an original, but there's true substance there, and his character-laden manner of speaking only makes him more memorable. Hell, I'd rather hear Don Rickles interview Barney any old day of the week instead of slow Munchkin-voiced Wellna. At least the slap-down factor would be equalized, if nothing else...

Lucky Monkey said...

Heads up NPR Checkers...

LIVE right now.. Ombudsman Alicia Shepard

I'm sure she'll have lots of excuses prepared, can't listen right now, but will check out the podcast.

http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R909160900

NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard
What's the difference between underwriting and advertising? Why does NPR call it 'enhanced interrogation techniques' instead of 'torture?' And how do you choose which words to bleep out? NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard gets tens of thousands of such questions every year. She joins us to talk about issues like these, and to respond to listeners' thoughts on how well NPR is covering the news.

JayV said...

"Broadcast voices should not be distracting."

Glad the voices of NPR announcers and celebs is being discussed. I just cringe whenever I hear mid-day newsreader Lakshmi Singh speak and pronounce "news" as a nasal, whiny "nnnn-yewz."

Can anyone here please tell me what the heck the following means, from her bio page?

"Singh tries to get the right mix of rich sound and descriptive narrative to transport listeners to a place hidden deep in one's imagination."

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=2101212

- Jay

Juan "Toss" Ensalada said...

"Singh tries to get the right mix of rich sound and descriptive narrative to transport listeners to a place hidden deep in one's imagination."

So, let me get this straight...LSS is my guide to my own imagination? Hmmm. Let's just be efficient and cut her out of the equation, mmmmmkay?

Juan "Toss" Ensalada said...

The Alicia Shepard Show on NPR. Listen to her at ASS.Org; that's "A S S dot O R G. And thanks!

Juan "Toss" Ensalada said...

Sorry, probably should be:

N P R dot O R G forward slash A S S

By the way, ass.org is a porn-like site. My apologies, I guess...

Big Guy said...

This concerns Michelle Martin's program Tell Me More. More than 40 conservative talk radio hosts from across the country gathered in the nation's capital on Tuesday to pressure Congress and the Obama administration to slam the door on illegal immigrants.

The annual two-day radio-thon, titled, "Hold Their Feet to the Fire," includes popular conservative hosts like Lou Dobbs.Conservative talk show host Roger Hedgecock is a sponsor of the conference.

I commented on the show's internet page:
Both Hedgecock and Williams are already widely broadcast, as are many Right wing proponents. Why not have Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy speak about how the Right believe we are best served by letting 47 million uninsured citizens stay uninsured and unprotected? Why not make it clear that the policy of the Right is that the right to life ends at birth?

When folks from left of center have conferences, you interview folks from the Right about the people on the Left. When folks from the Right have conferences, you interview folks from the Right participating in the conferences. Either way, you favor interviewing people from the Right, not from left of center.

Also, when Hedgecock says the proposed health care bill will provide services to illegal immigrants -- a LIE fabricated by the Right -- it is incumbent upon the interviewer to inform your listerners that the bill DOES NOT provide funds for services to illegal immigrants and that what Hedgecock states to be true is a complete and utter FALSEHOOD.

Anonymous said...

Let me see if I have this straight:

ass.orgy is a porn site (Thanks). jackass.org is Kanye West's website,
and npr.org/asswipe is Alicia Shepard's personal page at NPR.

Is that correct?

it's all so confusing.

Anonymous said...

Here's a question for Alicia.

What's the difference between what NPR airs and propaganda?

Answer: none.

BTW, Isn't Shepard's $300k-gig (2 years at $150k per year) as ombot was over in September? (ie, in just a few weeks) or was it October? or did her pal Vivian Schiller extend her stay indefinitely?

Anonymous said...

Adam Davidson is dishonest and ideologically driven.

Pathetic, really.


Podcast: The Nightmare Of Regulatory Reform

On today's Planet Money:

Much of this economic crisis has been caused by strange financial products that fell between the cracks of regulatory agencies. As we now know, more regulators didn't always make things better, they often made things worse.

yes, of course, as we all now know, the problem was NOT that regulations (including Glass-Steagall) were gutted under, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II (under the direction of people like Ben Bernanke, Larry Summmers, Tim geithner et al), but that there was simply TOO much regulation.

yes ,indeed.

Davidson is one of the dumber people at NPR and on the Planet (the planet too), but even he surely understands that the current mess is a direct result of gutting regulations on banks (and not the other way around)

Which means that Davidson is simply dishonest.

gope said...

As the tomgram notes, War is Peace. So relax and get used to it...

Btw, Google was taken away my identity...so I really have no worries anymore. Life is death.

gope said...

was is has