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National Proletarian Radio

nprI LOVE the concept of National Public Radio.  This assumes it reflects the entire political spectrum, which it does not.  It is not unlike the German Democratic People’s Republic.  It is neither democratic, a republic, nor of the people.  Just because it is so named doesn’t make it so!  (see also Republican Party, Democratic Party, Social Security, free health care).

Irons in the Fire posted recently an independent analysis of an NPR series (from Powerline), with the following results:

My finding is that the series was deeply flawed and should not have been aired as it was.
The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.

Sadly, I see much of the same with some other NPR content, as well as with so-called ‘public’ television.  It’s sad that those entities can continue to obtain public funds under the guise of serving the public good.  Because they have a political agenda.  And it’s NOT equal time.

I’ll still sometimes listen to Click and Clack or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! though.  But, they should be paid for privately.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “National Proletarian Radio

  1. I listen to NPR every day, although sometimes I have to force myself not to smash the radio. It’s helpful to hear how the other side thinks. To be honest, they do surprise me from time to time and accidentally say something in an unbiased way. Generally if it’s some story without really obvious political connections, like an obscure science piece, they’ll be unbiased. If you ever listened to the cold war propaganda stations, like Radio Albania, they would sometimes do a story on the local wine grape crop that probably wasn’t that bad. That’s NPR.

    Posted by SiGraybeard | August 25, 2013, 1:00 pm
  2. They went hard left back in the 90’s and have never come back!!!

    Posted by Old NFO | August 25, 2013, 2:47 pm
  3. I used to listen to NPR, long ago.
    I have not in a very long time. The combination of my inner aging curmudgeon and NPR’s hard left skew makes it intolerable.
    “Tripe” is the word that comes to mind. Dangerous in the ears of low information voter’s and the large percentage of people sleep walking through life.

    Posted by kx59 | August 28, 2013, 6:06 pm

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