Monday, April 28, 2008

Open Thread

NPR related comments welcomed.


Anonymous said...

HERE on Harry Shearer's April 27 Le Show, there is a great bit about "All in All" from "CPR".

"This week, the Dept of Defense announced it would stop giving special briefings to the analysts who appear on television news networks and here on CPR..."

darrelplant said...

This morning's news feed has Paris correspondent Frank Browning referring to "Colombian President Hugo Chavez" in a story about efforts to free Ingrid Bettancourt, while in the same sentence mentioning FARC's negotiator was killed by Colombian forces.

Porter Melmoth said...

I would imagine that if you pointed out that error to NPR, they would reply by telling you that your radio must've been faulty or your hearing failed for a few seconds, because NPR always does everything right (pun perhaps intended) and their reporters are of the highest possible reliability and correctness. And in closing, 'thank you for contacting NPR, because we care about our listeners'. I'm always willing to be surprised, however.

Anonymous said...

Sure. They're masters & mistresses of denial, pretention, and "no flies on me."

Anonymous said...

McMaster Brown-noser Tom Bowman
All Things Considered, April 28, 2008

"U.S. Army Col. H.R. McMaster has been credited with critical thinking and combat commands that have helped shape some successes in Iraq. Now he's being tapped for a new, and perhaps more difficult, job: making Iraqi ministries run efficiently."

Blame the incompetent Iraqis.

OK, but why do we need to know this, unless somebody at the Pentagon wants us to know?

This stuff's embarrassing: "Hard-charging Colonel with a PhD"? I mean, does NPR have no shame in running this kind of blatant Pentagon P.R. Boilerplate? What role does Tom Bowman think he's fulfilling? It is the worst kind of sycophancy. Not to mention propaganda.

And it's ridiculous that the NPR ombudsman will not address the question: "Who at NPR comes up with the propagandistic, puff-piece story ideas?"

The frequency of these type of stories has suggested (for years now) to your listeners that there must be a fast-track for these pieces. And the embarrassing and blatant stuff keeps coming. Why?

Ever guess why so few people give money?


Benoit Balz

New York, NY

darrelplant said...

porter, unhappily for NPR, I, uh, downloaded an MP3 of the newscast that has Browning's error in it.