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In Defense of NPR (gag alert)
Salon.com ^ | Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 17:20 ET | Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Posted on 03/11/2011 3:27:39 PM PST by ropin71

Come on now: Let’s take a breath and put this NPR fracas into perspective.

Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from its long-time nemesis -- the right-wing machine that would thrill if our sole sources of information were Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and ads paid for by the Koch Brothers -- it walks into a trap perpetrated by one of the sleaziest operatives ever to climb out of a sewer.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billmoyers; foxnews; jamesokeefe; kochbrothers; michaelwinship; npr; rushlimbaugh
It would be a big deal if NPR was pro conservative
1 posted on 03/11/2011 3:27:44 PM PST by ropin71
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To: ropin71

Would love to read the rest of this but I won’t give Salon the hit.


2 posted on 03/11/2011 3:29:49 PM PST by Grunthor (hcg diet, down 27 lbs in 3 weeks)
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To: Grunthor

Salon sounds like a homofag thing anyway so who cares what they whine about.


3 posted on 03/11/2011 3:37:01 PM PST by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: ropin71

I’ve got the same reaction for these two pixies that I have for PBS and NPR. ((((YAWN))))


4 posted on 03/11/2011 3:37:25 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just say NO to union greed!)
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To: ropin71

And just how long did the ‘objective” Bill Moyers slurp from the PBS trough?


5 posted on 03/11/2011 3:37:55 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Celebrate 'Civility'")
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To: Grunthor

Come on now: Let’s take a breath and put this NPR fracas into perspective.

Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from its long-time nemesis — the right-wing machine that would thrill if our sole sources of information were Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and ads paid for by the Koch Brothers — it walks into a trap perpetrated by one of the sleaziest operatives ever to climb out of a sewer.

First, in the interest of full disclosure: While not presently committing journalism on public television, the two of us have been colleagues on PBS for almost 40 years (although never for NPR). We’ve lived through every one of the fierce and often unscrupulous efforts by the right to shut down both public television and radio. Our work has sometimes been the explicit bull’s eye on the dartboard, as conservative ideologues sought to extinguish the independent reporting and analysis they find so threatening to their phobic worldview.

We have come to believe, as so many others have, that only the creation of a substantial trust fund for public media will free it from the whims and biases of the politicians, including Democratic politicians (yes, after one of our documentaries tracking President Clinton’s scandalous fund-raising in the mid-’90s, the knives were sharpened on the other side of the aisle).

Richard Nixon was the first who tried to shut down public broadcasting, strangling and diverting funding, attacking alleged bias and even placing public broadcasters Sander Vanocur and Robert MacNeil on his legendary enemies list. Nixon didn’t succeed, and ironically his downfall was brought about, in part, by public television’s nighttime rebroadcasts of the Senate Watergate hearings, exposing his crimes and misdemeanors to a wider, primetime audience.

Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich tried to gut public broadcasting, too, and the George W. Bush White House planted partisan operatives at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in an attempt to challenge journalists who didn’t hew to the party line.

But what’s happening now is the worst yet. Just as Republicans again clamor for the elimination of government funding and public broadcasting once more fights for life, it steps on its own oxygen line. The details are well-known: how NPR’s development chief, Ron Schiller, stupidly fell into a sting perpetrated by an organization run by the young conservative hit man James O’Keefe, a product of that grimy underworld of ideologically-based harassment which feeds the right’s slime machine. Posing as members of a phony Muslim group, O’Keefe’s agents provocateurs offered NPR a check for $5 million — an offer that was rejected.

But Ron Schiller couldn’t leave it there. Unaware that he was speaking into a hidden camera and microphone, and violating everything we’re told from childhood about not talking to strangers, he allowed the two co-conspirators to goad him into a loquacious display of personal opinions, including his belief that Tea Partiers are racist and cult-like. As the record shows, more than once he said he had taken off his “NPR hat” and was representing himself as no one other than who he is. His convictions, their expression so grossly ill-advised in this instance, are his own.

Ron Schiller’s a fundraiser, not a news director. NPR keeps a high, thick firewall between its successful development office and its superb news division. The “separation of church and state” — the classic division of editorial and finance — has been one of the glories of public radio as it has won a large and respectful audience as the place on the radio spectrum that is free of commercials and commercial values.

If you would see how this integrity is upheld, go to the NPR website and pull up any of its reporting since 2009 on the Tea Party movement. Read the transcripts or listen to its coverage — you will find it impartial and professional, a full representation of various points of view, pro and con. Further, examine how over the past few days NPR has covered the O’Keefe/Schiller contretemps and made no attempt to cover up or ignore its own failings and responsibilities.

Then reverse the situation and contemplate how, say, Fox News would handle a similar incident if they were the target of a sting. Would their coverage be as “fair and balanced” as NPR’s? Would they apologize or punish their outspoken employee if he or she demeaned liberals? Don’t kid yourself. A raise and promotion would be more likely. Think of the fortune Glenn Beck has made on Fox, spewing bile and lies about progressives and their “conspiracies.”

And oh, yes, something else: Remember what Fox News chief Roger Ailes said about NPR executives after they fired Fox contributor Juan Williams? “They are, of course, Nazis,” Ailes told an interviewer. “They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view.” When the Anti-Defamation League objected to the characterization, Ailes apologized but then described NPR as “nasty, inflexible” bigots.

Double standard? You bet. A fundraiser for NPR is axed for his own personal bias and unprofessionalism but Ailes gets away scot free, still running a news division that is constantly pumping arsenic into democracy’s drinking water while he slanders public radio as equal to the monsters and murderers of the Third Reich.

Sure, public broadcasting has made its share of mistakes, and there have been times when we who practice our craft under its aegis have been less than stalwart in taking a stand and speaking truth to power. We haven’t always served well our original mandate to be “a forum for debate and controversy,” or to provide “a voice for groups in the community that may be otherwise unheard,” or helped our viewers and listeners “see America whole, in all its diversity.” But for all its flaws, consider an America without public media. Consider a society where the distortions and dissembling would go unchallenged, where fact-based reporting is eliminated, and where the field is abandoned to the likes of James O’Keefe, whose “journalism” relies on lying and deceit.

We agree with Joel Meares who, writing for the Columbia Journalism Review, expressed the wish that NPR had stood up for themselves and released a statement close to the following:

“Ron Schiller was a fundraiser who no longer works for us. He had nothing to do with our editorial decision making process. And frankly, our editorial integrity speaks for itself. We’ve got reporters stationed all over the world, we’ve won all sorts of prizes, we’ve got an ombudsman who is committed to examining our editorial operations. If you think our reporting is tainted, or unreliable, that’s your opinion, and you’re free to express it. And to look for the evidence. But we will not be intimidated by the elaborate undercover hackwork of vindictive political point-scorers who are determined to see NPR fail.”


6 posted on 03/11/2011 3:39:53 PM PST by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: ropin71

Lets face it: the just isn’t liberal enough.......


7 posted on 03/11/2011 3:45:02 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: ropin71

“...its long-time nemesis — the right-wing machine...” that is NOT taxpayer subsidized! Moyers is such a tool.


8 posted on 03/11/2011 3:46:03 PM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: ropin71
I'd just be thrilled if liberals supported their favorite radio personalities with their own money and NOT mine.

We don't force liberals to pay for Rush to be in every radio market in the United States. Why should we be forced to support radio for white liberal elites - with our tax dollars?

9 posted on 03/11/2011 3:48:40 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: ropin71
Somehow, the Left/Progressives just can't fathom the fact that NO ONE in their voterbase will fund/support the Liberal Talk Radio/Public Broadcasting, and they want OTHERS to fund it. What else is new? Progressives have all kinds of ways to spend other peoples' earnings, and re-distributing them.

Just ONCE, I would like them to explain WHY they can't be self-sufficient?

Of course, the bulk of their voterbase is not self-sufficient, either, so they want to FORCE others to pay for their propoganda machines.

The Koch brothers have become the NEW Halliburton.

10 posted on 03/11/2011 3:53:06 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, so, it’s bull$4!+. Thanks ropin71.


11 posted on 03/11/2011 3:54:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: ropin71
I wonder how Bill Moyers would feel if we defunded NPR and for the next 40 years - AND funded conservative radio for 40 years?

It would be fair - we paid for liberal radio - they should be forced to pay for conservative radio.

But liberals aren't fair - Moyers would never go for it - none of them would.

Moyers wants taxpayers to support radio aimed at educated, white, old, liberal elites. His idea of 'fair' is total advantage for elites. What a jerk.

12 posted on 03/11/2011 3:54:44 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: ropin71
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=932

Bill Moyers and his wife have sucked $20 million worth of blood from the taxpayers via CPB when he wasn't busy servicing George Soros.

13 posted on 03/11/2011 4:07:41 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: ropin71

Bill Moyers=lier for LBJ!


14 posted on 03/11/2011 4:16:13 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: ropin71

Salon has been a Marxist news source and front for years.


15 posted on 03/11/2011 4:18:53 PM PST by jonascord (The Tea Party just gave the Republican senators an ice water enema.)
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To: ropin71

I am so gonna enjoy seeing National Palestine Radio bite the dust.


16 posted on 03/11/2011 4:20:11 PM PST by rockrr ("Remember PATCO!")
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To: A_Former_Democrat

In 1971 he began working for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), hosting a news program called Bill Moyers Journal, which ran until 1981 with a hiatus from 1976 to 1977.

In 1976 he moved to CBS, where he worked as editor and chief correspondent for CBS Reports until 1980, then as senior news analyst and commentator for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather from 1981 to 1986.

In 1986 Moyers and his wife, Judith Davidson Moyers, formed Public Affairs Television.


17 posted on 03/11/2011 4:27:51 PM PST by kcvl
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To: ropin71

Bill Moyers Tries to Help NPR by Slashing Fox News and the ‘Right-Wing Machine’

By: Tim Graham | March 11, 2011 | 13:58

If NPR wanted to establish that they’re not liberals, they probably wouldn’t send out radical left-wing ranters like Bill Moyers on their behalf. At Salon.com and at The Huffington Post, Moyers (and Michael Winship) drag out all the rhetoric about how conservatives are unloading another “fierce and often unscrupulous” attack, seeking “to extinguish the independent reporting and analysis they find so threatening to their phobic worldview.”

Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from its long-time nemesis — the right-wing machine that would thrill if our sole sources of information were Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and ads paid for by the Koch Brothers — it walks into a trap perpetrated by one of the sleaziest operatives ever to climb out of a sewer.

http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/03/11/moyers

We established yesterday that this kind of undercover “lying and deceit” was just performed by NPR’s own reporters, hunting for “Islamophobia.” It’s not sleazy sewer stuff when the NPR reporter on loan from the ACLU does it.

Naturally, Moyers and the other subsidized socialists in public broadcasting insist they need “a substantial trust fund for public media will free it from the whims and biases of the politicians. Translation: the taxpayers need to give us a huge endowment so we never have to account for our slanted “news” and commentary ever again. It only shows the depths of Moyers’ chutzpah to demand a “trust fund” at the very moment NPR’s sneering fundraisers shattered the trust of the taxpayers.


18 posted on 03/11/2011 4:33:16 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Which is part of PBS, just re named second verse same as the first:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/pat.html

ABOUT THE SERIES

Bill Moyers returns to public television with a new weekly public affairs series BILL MOYERS JOURNAL. Each week the series will attempt to provide the high quality public service journalism for which Moyers and his colleagues have been identified for almost four decades. The series will aim for impact in content and production values.

“I retired from NOW WITH BILL MOYERS two years ago because it was time,” said Moyers. “Now it’s time to come back. Old journalists, like old soldiers, never die; we just tell new stories.”

Bringing back the landmark PBS series that first aired 35 years ago, Bill Moyers Journal will be reinvented for the 21st century to reflect the new challenges facing journalism and the issues confronting democracy


19 posted on 03/11/2011 4:35:34 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Celebrate 'Civility'")
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As if there were never partisan operatives in public broadcasting, starting with Bill “LBJ” Moyers. NPR’s been headed over the last few decades by Democrats like former George McGovern campaign manager Frank Mankiewicz and former Marion Barry aide Delano Lewis. Douglas Bennet directed the Agency for International Development for Jimmy Carter and after heading NPR for ten years, served as an assistant secretary of state for Bill Clinton.

Adam Clayton Powell III, son of a Democratic congressman, was a vice president for news. Bob Ferrante, executive producer of NPR’s morning news, helped handle Democratic National Committee public relations from 1986 to 1988.

http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/03/11/moyers

This, from the man who blamed conservative “hate radio” for the Oklahoma City bombing.

Moyers implied conservative rhetoric led to the bombing. But instead of having the integrity to name names or cite statements, Moyers offered an hour filled with vague generalities which held culpable “hate radio” and “the rhetoric of politics this season.”

http://www.mrc.org/mediawatch/1996/watch19960401.asp#2


20 posted on 03/11/2011 4:39:47 PM PST by kcvl
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To: ropin71

It’s too bad they never honestly ask themselves two questions:

1) Why do republicans hate us so much?

2) If we have such a quality product, why is it so hard to get our listeners to pay for it?


21 posted on 03/11/2011 4:39:54 PM PST by VoiceOfBruck (Smile! You weren't aborted!)
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To: VoiceOfBruck
Why do republicans hate us so much?

Why do they hate Republicans and love the murdering moslem brotherhood?

22 posted on 03/11/2011 4:46:28 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: ropin71

So our policy now is to confront these kinds of attacks, which we did last weekend when “Factor” producer Jesse Watters caught up with Moyers in New York City:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WATTERS: Why are you attacking Bill, now?
MOYERS: I’m not attacking Bill.
WATTERS: Well, didn’t you give an interview where you said he was part of a slime machine and trying to discredit other journalists?
MOYERS: I didn’t say that.
WATTERS: Yes, you did. You said that’s to Rolling Stone.
MOYERS: No, I didn’t say that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

To echo Jesse, yes, you did, Bill. Roll the tape.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MOYERS: The FOX News, the talk radio, The Weekly Standard have not only mongered for war along with the administration, not only embraced the administration’s policies because they were “conservative”, including going to war, but also mounted a slime machine to discredit any journalist who dared to stand against the official view of reality.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:TEnlJCPAw04J:www.nopc.info/forum/showthread.php%3Ft%3D20852+bill+moyers,+Soros&cd=18&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari&source=www.google.com

I do know that Moyers has, for years, been heavily involved with people like George Soros and the far left. Yet PBS is paying him to produce documentaries that are purported to be “objective.” Bill Moyers is not objective, has a problem with the truth, and should no longer be receiving taxpayer money. And that is the truth.


23 posted on 03/11/2011 4:50:25 PM PST by kcvl
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To: ropin71
Bill Moyers interviews George Soros about the financial meltdown

Bill Moyers talks with one of the world's most successful investors George Soros about the global capital meltdown, how he saw it coming, and what can be done now.

*******

The panel, the Cour de Cassation, upheld the conviction of Soros, 75, an American citizen, for buying and selling Société Générale shares in 1988 after receiving information about a planned corporate raid on the bank.

Soros, a Hungarian-born businessman, has acknowledged that he was told about a Paris financier's plans to take over Société Générale in late 1988 and began acquiring shares in the bank just days later.

He remains the only person convicted in the Société Générale affair

24 posted on 03/11/2011 4:57:16 PM PST by kcvl
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To: ropin71

Follow the money, network on LBJ coatholder, bootlick Bill “Sanctimonious” Moyers...

http://www.undueinfluence.com/bill_moyers.htm


25 posted on 03/11/2011 5:00:26 PM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: Leisler

I read somewhere that Moyers makes $6 million/yr. Maybe he can pony up for the leftist crap he peddles on PBS and NPR.


26 posted on 03/11/2011 8:30:11 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Waaaah! E-heh e-heh e=heh! They said bad things about us! And and and they’re mean evil liars! Waaaaah, waaaaah, waaaah, and and and they’re NOT fair and balanced like we are. And and and they tried to SHUT US DOWN by taking away our fffffundddinng!!2!11!!1@! Waaaah, just because we can’t make it in a free-market system without massive government support doesn’t mean we aren’t FAAABulous!”


27 posted on 03/12/2011 3:18:00 AM PST by TheOldLady
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