Saturday, November 07, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related Precious Moments™ comments welcomed.

17 comments:

gopolganger said...

NPR cites a junket to Memphis as one of the acmes of Liane's 20 year stint at her 1 day a week job. This is a perfect example of how NPR is an utter fail at journalism, but a feel-good inducer for the liberally ignorant. Not a mention of how James Earl Ray was framed. Re King's assassination, we learn "he was shot and killed." As if, well, you know, these things happen. Hansen is worse than a very bad journalist - she is a propagandist.

miranda said...

Aren't they all. I would've thought the high point was finding NeoConan and walking hand in hand with him in propaganda paradise.

gopolganger said...

I remember when I first smelt a rat at NPR: the Lewinsky affair. It was non-stop coverage with pontificating Republicans orating profundity upon the sanctity of truth, honour and the American way. Hyde, Hatch, Lieberman, Gingrich, Barbour, Lott, Starr and on and on. NPR was their eager listener, like the child on the lap of a pedophile: "Tell me another one about the cigar and blue dress, uncle Warbucks!"

The real scandal, the scandal they were covering up with all this noise was that Reagan was a drug pusher in South Central LA and a thug involved in organized crime and gun running with Oliver North and Co. http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/120906.html

Juan "Toss" Ensalada said...

Speaking of affairs, a friend of mine from Philly once told me the story about how Leann and Neal met; about their affair. Sounded a lot like clumsy geeks at band camp. Sheesh!

madchen said...

NPR was unable to tie the Fort Hood shooter to terrorism. Do you suppose that CIA operative, Dena Temple-Raston, will continue to pursue the story as one of domestic terrorism, national security, national INSECURITY, or will she pass the story off to some peon at the national desk, like Wade Goodwin?

biggerbox said...

O.M.G. Julie Rovner and Steve Inskeep analyzing the House vote on health care is bad enough, but then they add Cokie to the discussion??? Someone shoot me before I have to listen to something like this again.

Anonymous said...

I love how NPR's Scott Hensley chose to "exploit" the yes vote of Republican Joseph Cao on health care.

Hensley is not content to just report the facts.

No, he has to make a dig against a Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon;

"before the Dems get carried away celebrating Cao's cooperation, it seems fair to point out that it just balanced out the no vote by Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon, who is running for the Senate"

Hensley paints Cao as a saint:

"Cao called his vote was a matter of conscience. "Twenty percent of the people in my district are uninsured and we have tremendous health care issues in the district,

...Educated by Jesuits, Cao passed on the priesthood in favor of social activism, becoming the in-house lawyer for Boat People SOS."


Some (not Hensley, of course) might say that Melancon (like the handful of other Democrats like Kucinich) is (like Cao) ALSO voting his conscience, but you would never know it from the article.


Note how Hensley even manages to slip in the "Honest Republican vs Corrupt Democrat" theme:

"Cao's ticket to the House came courtesy of former Rep. William "Dollar Bill" Jefferson, convicted on bribery charges this summer. Cao's victory, even with Jefferson weakened by scandal, was still a shocker."

gopolganger said...

Speaking of affairs, a friend of mine from Philly once told me the story about how Leann and Neal met; about their affair. Sounded a lot like clumsy geeks at band camp. Sheesh!

Well there's a teaser. Do tell! More! Was Liane in the Color Guard? Did her pompoms get soiled? She's so the wanna be camp counselor who embarrasses everyone by trying to sing like Joan Baez to a bad guitar.

Anonymous said...

Lieberman lapped up the Lewinski affair (metaphorically speaking, of course)

The guy is himself too repulsive to get any so he has to get it vicariously (by reading about the unorthodox use of cigars and the like) in books and "reports" (by Ken Starr)

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Anonymous said...

"Precious" moments?

Has MyT fallen victim to NPRwashing? We can talk all we want about the film "Precious" and Matthew Hoh? What's his latest project in development? Where was he seen last. Who is his main squeeze? Oh, he is a dissenter from current US/Afghan policy? Never mind!

Interestingly enough on Radio Times (a huge waste of time with Momy Most inane getting 100k+/years for this kind of thing:

Had a guest this morning talking about water and the work he does in Afghanistan. He said the people there love us and understand we (westerners) are there to "help" them. That's not what Hoh said (the 1 and only time I heard him) and it seems from here that the Afghan people are nationalists to a degree we can not imagine (sort of like the last existentialist threat emanating from SE Asis) and as long as we are there there will be war. And warlords and poppy cultivation and corruption and religious bigotry and on and on. But that is how NPR "works" for its listeners/financial supporters: America is good and you had better not forget that!

edk

Mytwords said...

I hate to be a comment dictator, but please no derisive comments about people who stutter...

larry, dfh said...

Yeah, radio times is often a waste of time. Marty Incoherent made the mistake of taking on Amy Goodman a number of years ago. The subject was capital punishment. I don't think Amy even so much as recognized that someone was trying to get her goat. It was a 'mosquito and elephant' moment. I've been banned from audience participation because during another show about capital punishment I called and said that the Districts Attorney were the real murderers because the benefitted the most from peoples' misery and that they chose the most helpless, defenseless victims. WIth Mumia being from Philadelphia, whyy has had a raging hard-on for the death penalty. They put the squeeze on WTRI, Temple University radio, to discontinue 'Democracy Now' because of the 'Live from Death Row' segments. Whyy, radio and TV, is inhabited by freakish ghouls.

gopolganger said...

I thought I heard that somebody say on NPR that Reagan gave the "tear down this wall" speech as a way of drawing attention away from from Iran/Contra scandal.

NPR is not entirely hopeless!

gopolganger said...

Damn. Strike that first that.

gopolganger said...

With Mumia being from Philadelphia, whyy has had a raging hard-on for the death penalty.

Mumia's case was a definite cleavage point for NPR. They had decide if they were for truth and justice or the Police State and opted for the latter. Mumia's commentaries are so eloquent, it's so obvious the wrong people are locked up.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on the perspective and reporting of Eric Westervelt?

This morning is the first time I've noticed him (at first took him to be JJ Sutherland, similar voice and POV; this is not a good thing) and I'm curious what others think of his work.