Monday, April 14, 2008

Open Thread

NPR related comments welcomed.


Anonymous said...

Yesterday there was a huge segment on "Big Brother" and not ONCE did they bring up Bush's illegal wiretaps. Then on "These Things Ah Believe" a woman said "Draft My Kids"! You know, because we had made a "collective decision" to go to war and all. At that point my blood pressure said it was time to listen to the classical music station.

Porter Melmoth said...

Indeed, that particular 'This I'm Ordered To Believe' segment was one of the worst I've ever heard. Delivered in a strong-voiced, transformational 'I have seen the light' manner, that poor gal still hasn't a clue. Her choice to become cannon fodder, so to speak, indicates that she really wasn't dedicated to her convictions in the first place. Typical of middle America, or at least typical of NPR's majority listenership. Then, when they have a 'revelation', no doubt brought about by a 'I heard it on NPR' moment, they can suddenly get all born again with their shallow realizations. I notice she said, 'Draft my kids', but still, SHE won't have to go.

This is a perfect example of the infiltration that NPR aspires to: take a 'progressive-thinking' person, tweak the issues, NPR-style, and presto - you have a good little follow-along person with a screwed up mind...who caved. Thus, people who should often know better fall prey to NPR's insipid propaganda. (And you've got to be pretty wobbly if you buy it hook, line and sinker...)

A Nationalist Propaganda Radiation success story, to say the least.

I notice that NPR always makes it clear that 'This I Believe' is an 'independent' production. Independent of what? Independent of NPR News perhaps, but obviously dependent on the same corporate tit they all suck on.

Anonymous said...

I cringe every time I hear some credulous caller to Diane Rehm (interviewing, say, Douglas Feith!) or Talk of the Nation proclaim proudly, "I get all my information from NPR," as if that makes him/her a very well-informed individual indeed.

Anonymous said...

Heh, and I'm sure her kids really appreciated the vote of confidence.