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National Public Radio's neutrality and even-handedness
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Posted on 12/20/2005 7:41:43 AM PST by 3AngelaD

Advertisement on Yahoo I came across while doing some research, displaying NPR's much-vaunted impartiality and neutrality: "Think Blue 2008 Democrat Bracelet $1 Democrat wristband featured on NPR. Because elections matter everyday. All profits go to donor organizations. www.thinkblue2008.com"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: liberalmedia; npr; publicradio
I guess my question would be why NPR is featuring this Democratic Party fundraising ploy. The Republicans have controlled Congress for quite a while now, why am I still paying taxes to support a news organization which works daily to advance ideas with which I disagree?
1 posted on 12/20/2005 7:41:45 AM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD

Good question. Let's ask the RINOS's.


2 posted on 12/20/2005 7:43:08 AM PST by brivette
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To: 3AngelaD

Why is there an NPR at all?
End all Federal Government funding for NPR and the NEA.


3 posted on 12/20/2005 7:44:11 AM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: 3AngelaD
NPR/PBS is in cahoots with the RATS. Remember the station in Mass that sold their donor list to the RATS?

If NPR/PRBS doesn't cater to and have a predominatly liberal audience, why would the RATS want the donor list?

4 posted on 12/20/2005 7:44:42 AM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: brivette

ROFLMAO!


5 posted on 12/20/2005 7:44:50 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: 3AngelaD
What does a Yahoo ad have to do with NPR?

I listen to NPR almost daily because I have found that no news source beats Morning Edition or All Things Considered for substantive news coverage without hype or sensationalism. I have never heard them advertise for any product other than their sponsorers (usu. mutual funds and charitable trusts), and certainly never, ever heard them advertise "Democrat bracelets."

6 posted on 12/20/2005 7:44:59 AM PST by jude24 ("Thy law is written on the hearts of men, which iniquity itself effaces not." - St. Augustine)
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To: brivette

Bad headline. No neutrality at NPR.

We should press to cut public or taxpayer funds to NPR and PBS. Both are so far to the left it is pitiful.


7 posted on 12/20/2005 7:45:29 AM PST by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel Rocks!)
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To: 3AngelaD

Oh, I get the connection. "Featured on NPR." That means they did a report on it. That's not a NPR-sponsored fundraising ploy.


8 posted on 12/20/2005 7:46:28 AM PST by jude24 ("Thy law is written on the hearts of men, which iniquity itself effaces not." - St. Augustine)
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To: 3AngelaD

"I guess my question would be why NPR is featuring this Democratic Party fund raising ploy. "

I see the link, but it seems bought and paid for by think blue. It says something about featured on NPR, but gives no details. Tookie was featured on FOX thats not an endorsement.

Anyone know what the actual"feature" was?


9 posted on 12/20/2005 7:49:13 AM PST by ndt
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To: 3AngelaD
Here's a link to a recent article about a scientific study on media bias.
10 posted on 12/20/2005 7:50:52 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Little Ray

.. And the CPB too.


11 posted on 12/20/2005 7:51:35 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: 3AngelaD

You should ask the IRS and FEC. They would appear to be violating their 501c3 tax charter by endorsing one party over another.

Have they done anything to encourage donations to the GOP???

DEFUND THE LEFT. DEFUND 501c3 TAX CHEATS.


12 posted on 12/20/2005 7:52:43 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Little Ray

Good question.


13 posted on 12/20/2005 7:55:48 AM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Isn't NPR government funded? Openly supporting the dems *HAS* to be illegal.


14 posted on 12/20/2005 7:57:20 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Liberalism is the philosophy of the stupid - The Great One)
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To: 3AngelaD

Democrat Fund-raising: If PBS doesn't do it, who will?


15 posted on 12/20/2005 7:59:15 AM PST by Old Sarge (In a Hole in the Ground, there Lived a Fobbit...)
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To: 3AngelaD

Let me get this straight, you saw this add on Yahoo? Or on some official PBS site. The former is no big deal, the latter is. I find PBS to be less biased than I thought it was, having been a semi-regular listener since the Judge Roberts hearings.


16 posted on 12/20/2005 8:03:55 AM PST by Paradox (Time to sharpen ole Occam's Razor.)
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To: ndt
I cannot find transcripts of NPR broadcasts.

GOOGLE site:www.npr.org "Think Blue"

A search of GOOGLE npr "Think Blue" "Democrat Bracelet" finds many more hits as the words are being used to advertise this piece. You will find that the left bitches about the Republicans trying to place stories in the media favorable to the administration. They call this "propaganda". When the media runs a DNC press release AS news, they consider this a job well done.

The difference between what Rush Limbaugh does and what NPR/Pacifica do is all in the difference of being a for profit business vs. being a 501c3 "charity". Those 501c3s VOLUNTARILY accept limitations on their political speech in exchange for their tax status.

17 posted on 12/20/2005 8:04:10 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: weegee

I see no evidence that NPR was favoring the "Think Blue" people in their coverage. Now, I don't doubt for one second that the large majority of PBS employees do indeed favor them, but this is just a case of "Think Blue" taking advantage of Yahoos advertisement technology.


18 posted on 12/20/2005 8:08:05 AM PST by Paradox (Time to sharpen ole Occam's Razor.)
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To: weegee

Already tried to google it, and could I not find anything other than ads.

There is a difference between, for example, NPR doing a segment on fundrasing and mentioning orgs like thinkblue or swift boats etc. and NPR doing a story on all the happy people wearing their blue bracelets. Both would be examples of "featured in" but one would be a valid news story and the other a violation.


19 posted on 12/20/2005 8:13:02 AM PST by ndt
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To: Little Ray

Don't forget the ACLU, and the UN


20 posted on 12/20/2005 8:15:32 AM PST by joe fonebone (Well, since there's no other place around the place, ah reckon this must be the place..ah reckon!)
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To: jude24

Nothing so crass as advertising. Instead, they do a "news feature" on the blue bracelet, which functions as a free ad for Democratic fund-raising. If you think NPR is substantive and hype-less, I have a bridge you might be interested in buying near Brooklyn. I also find it strange that someone who frequents Free Republic (and isn't actively employed by the Maryland Democratic Party) could stand to listen to NPR for more than a few minutes without screaming and feeling his or her head explode. NPR is a constant and ongoing advocate for the Democratic Party and the most misguided types of socialism.


21 posted on 12/20/2005 8:24:37 AM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD
I also find it strange that someone who frequents Free Republic (and isn't actively employed by the Maryland Democratic Party) could stand to listen to NPR for more than a few minutes without screaming and feeling his or her head explode. NPR is a constant and ongoing advocate for the Democratic Party and the most misguided types of socialism.

Beats the hell out of Fox News, with its endless hype and incessant repetition of RNC talking points.

22 posted on 12/20/2005 8:27:11 AM PST by jude24 ("Thy law is written on the hearts of men, which iniquity itself effaces not." - St. Augustine)
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To: 3AngelaD
So what's the big deal with thinking blue?

I kind of like the stuff myself.

23 posted on 12/20/2005 8:30:18 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: 3AngelaD
If NPR were supporting republican causes and candidates most here would probably be all for it.

The fact that our republican leadership continues to fund NPR & PBS at all, shows what a pathetic bunch the gop has become.
24 posted on 12/20/2005 8:34:27 AM PST by WhiteGuy (Vote for gridlock)
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To: 3AngelaD

I clicked on this convinced it would be the shortest article I ever read.


25 posted on 12/20/2005 8:58:56 AM PST by IronJack
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