Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.


Anonymous said...

The NPR guide to the world financial crisis:

There was NO criminal activity

America COULD NOT be the cause of the problem

Buy something (preferably NPR junk)

STAY in the market.

Works for their coporate sponsors and their up-scale listening "base".


RepubLiecan said...

In an effort to foster a kinder, gentler approach to NPR, I held off commenting on how awful Marianne Faithful's singing was on WESUN. I thought perhaps is was just my cynical take on it or I hadn't changed my calendar and we had already arrived at April 1st and this was one of those cleverly disguised April fools stories. But alas, I am not alone in my opinion, others' comments can be read here.

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree, RepubLiecan. Just listened to the two selections on the npr site that I could get to play. I found them very affecting. Maybe Faithfull's current voice isn't everyone's cup of tea, but she's an interesting, compelling performer. Different strokes, I guess.

Anonymous said...

Heard of tiny bit of a story this morning re: letting Mexican truckers drive into the US, but instead of saying "letting Mexican truckers drive into the US" it was "letting Mexican truckers drive into THE HOMELAND."

"The Homeland."


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

Marianne Faithfull's 20th Century Blues is terrific! Waaaay Good. I wish she'd cover a couple of Leonard Cohen songs. She has a 'cabaret' voice, like Lotte Lenya, Dietrich, and the others of that entre-bellum era...

That said, the whole piece was too long by 10 minutes, at least. Inane Hansen gushes almost as badly as Simple Scotty.

Porter Melmoth said...

Just goes to show that (musically) there's something for everybody - or no one - at NPR (and especially non-news NPR).

But 'The Homeland'???


Nationalist Publicizing Radio, that is...

Anonymous said...

I heard this, friends, and I think the word used was "heartland." I heard the news item in two separate newscasts, and it struck me both times: "heartland"? Isn't that a brand of wheat cereal or something?

Hubertg said...

NPR thread raises "legally Murky" issue of blowing crap up in Pakistan...where was NPR on the "Legally Murky" issue of invading Iraq ??...I didn't think that stuff made a difference anymore. Did I miss something??

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Anonymous said...


From wiki-pedia:

Former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is education correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). He focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy, and pedagogy. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Sanchez joined NPR in 1989, after serving for a year as executive producer for the El Paso, Texas based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.- Mexico border.

From 1984 to 1988, Sanchez was news and public affairs director at KXCR-FM in El Paso. During this time, he contributed reports and features to NPR's news programs.

Sanchez was named as a Class of 2007 Fellow by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In 1985, Sanchez received one of broadcasting's top honors, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, for a series he co-produced, "Sanctuary: The New Underground Railroad." In addition, he has won the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Best Spot News, the El Paso Press Club Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and was recognized for outstanding local news coverage by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University, with post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Are any of you familiar with KIPP? It is the sort of thing this guy finds effective (I wonder when he last taught?). It is the coming thing in the "inner-city". Both Obama and his education chief are big believers in the program. I find something unsettling about it. Even as I live across the street from an out of control city middle school.


Porter Melmoth said...

This item from the 'Last Days' column in 'The Stranger' of seattle:

"FRIDAY, MARCH 6 Obsessive readers will remember the ugly events of February 10, when Last Days reported on Aaron Bruns, the Fox News reporter who covered Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign before being arrested on an array of horrifying kiddie-porn charges. Nearly a month later, Fox News has yet to report a single word on Bruns's arrest. Nevertheless, in the spirit of bipartisan fair play, today Last Days will dutifully report on David Malakoff, the National Public Radio reporter who served as an NPR editor and on-air correspondent before pleading guilty today to felony possession of child porn. As the Smoking Gun reports, the 46-year-old Malakoff's guilty plea comes after the discovery of over 150 images depicting sexual acts with minors on Malakoff's work computer, which Malakoff had, brilliantly, handed over to an NPR IT worker, who scanned the computer for a virus and found a LimeWire folder packed with kiddie-porn downloads. (Also in the spirit of bipartisan fair play: As of this week, NPR has yet to report anything on Malakoff's arrest.)"

Anonymous said...


And I'd bet that if the "other side" had won there would be a self-confirming poll.


Anonymous said...

Just that kind of a day.


NPR continues carry the heavy water for the banksters and fraudsters.


Mark Kromer said...

Check out this garbage by Mara Liasson who apparently thinks McCain was ROBBED by losing the election:


Anonymous said...

Tsk tsk, Mark. Sounds like she's in need of a little GETOVERIT.org

Anonymous said...

Mara Liasson who apparently thinks McCain was ROBBED by losing the election:"

McCain was robbed... by Sarah Palin and other clueless members of his own hopelessly incompetent campaign.

I have often thought McCain should have made a campaign commercial patterned along the lines of the "Got milk?" one.

It would have featured Palin, McCain and his campaign manager sitting around playing a board game and saying things like "It happened in the attic with the pink panties".

The caption, of course, would be "Got a clue?"