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  • Brent Bozell Calls NPR-MSNBC Nexus ‘Vomitous’ After Host Lavishes Praise On Rachel Maddow

    04/04/2012 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 4, 2012 | Noah Rothman |
    Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, published an editorial in NewsBusters Tuesday night taking National Public Radio to task for the appearance of an alliance between its hosts and the liberal cable news network MSNBC. In “Maddow and the NPR-MSNBC Alliance,” Bozell took issue with a March 27 episode of the NPR radio program “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” in which Gross devoted an hour to fawning praise of MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow. Bozell contends that the meritless plaudits only ceased when the network went to commercial — when they ran ads for MSNBC. “Each...
  • Climate, Controversy And Strangers On A Plane

    03/29/2012 9:14:16 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | March 29, 2012 | Adam Frank
    He looked like a former linebacker, tall and solidly built. After stowing his wife's luggage in the overhead, he squeezed past me, sat down and looked straight at the astronomy textbook I was reading. "You're a scientist?" he asked. "Are you involved in that big controversy over climate?" I looked into his face and could see he wasn't angry or hostile or combative. He seemed like a good guy and, by the way his wife gently rolled her eyes, I could see he liked to talk. So I took a chance and replied. "What controversy?" What followed was a long...
  • NPR Frames ObamaCare in Racial Terms

    03/20/2012 6:27:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/20/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    A reminder from the mainstream, tax-supported media: if you oppose ObamaCare, that may be because you are a white racist who hates our black president. That's the gist of Shankar Vedantam's story this morning on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, which reports on a new study published by Michael Tesler in the American Journal of Political Science. Tesler presents data "that suggest that the racial attitudes of ordinary Americans have shaped both how they feel about the health care overhaul, and how intense those feelings are." In particular: Tesler finds that blacks have become increasingly supportive of health care under...
  • NPR's Anti-Apple Activist Lied About Chinese Work Conditions

    03/18/2012 5:46:18 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 14 replies
    Breitbard Big Journalism ^ | March 18, 2012 | Larry O'Connor
    Mike Daisey lied about work conditions in contract manufacturing factories in China where iPhones and iPads are made. He lied on stage in a theatrical monologue (that itself is a bald rip-off of the medium invented by the late, great Spalding Gray. Normally I find TAL to be like fingernails on a blackboard; cloying, whingeing, puerile.) He lied on NPR in a now-retracted episode of "This American Life." And his lies were picked up by The New York Times, The Associated Press, MSNBC and HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to name a few.
  • NPR Retracts Mike Daisey’s This American Life Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    03/17/2012 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Qbert · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2012 | TechCrunch
    At over a million digital listens, “Mr. Daisey Goes To The Apple Factory” is This American Life’s most popular episode in history. That’s no small feat for one of the world’s most well-known radio shows. When it aired, it set off yet another firestorm of controversy regarding the ethics of Apple (and other large tech companies) using cheap Chinese labor through major manufacturers like Foxconn. Mr Daisey, who has been touring for years with a monologue about his visit to the factories there and the moral implications thereof, provided details to This American Life to put together what was really...
  • NPR know-it-alls drive me crazy with their historical revisionism of the English language.

    03/15/2012 6:20:33 AM PDT · by dangus · 38 replies · 2+ views
    frustration | 3-15-2012 | Dangus
    Pet aggravation: NPR-style know-it-alls who rewrite the English language and then tell people they're wrong for using the traditional meaning. Whales are fish. They're not from the phylogenic class of Pisces, but then neither are cuttlefish, jellyfish, starfish, shellfish, or 80% of the other creatures called "fish." Crazy bonus fact: Tuna are warm-blooded, but are Piscean. The 2004 disaster that killed all those people in Indonesia was a tidal wave. Notice how it came in like a tide, instead of like a breaker? Ironically, "tsunami" means "harbor wave," and is thus an inaccurate description. Look at any old, hand-written document....
  • Obama: Not Hesitant On Force To Defend Interests (NPR Creates MILITARY WARRIOR OBAMA PR Propaganda)

    03/04/2012 11:34:18 AM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | March 4, 2012 | Staff
    President Barack Obama said Sunday that United States will not hesitate to attack Iran with military force to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but he cautioned that "too much loose talk of war" recently has only helped Tehran and driven up the price of oil. Speaking to a powerful pro-Israel lobby, Obama appealed to Israel for more time to let sanctions further isolate Iran. He sought to halt a drumbeat to war with Iran and hold off a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. "For the sake of Israel's security, America's security and the peace and security...
  • Ralph Nader and Whether NPR Ignores Progressives (seriously)

    02/29/2012 5:11:21 PM PST · by Drango · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/28/12 | Edward Schumacher-Matos
    In a Weekend Edition segment about Ralph Nader and his search for a reasonably priced airplane ticket, Scott Simon said he was surprised that a screen didn't pop up on the airline's computer saying, "GIVE RALPH NADER WHATEVER HE WANTS AND SAVE US ALL A LOT OF TROUBLE." After all, Nader is known for his persistence and successful consumer advocacy. All cars now have seatbelts thanks to Nader and his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed. Nader, a five-time presidential candidate, has been calling me in recent months to hold my feet to the fire, and so I went to...
  • NPR's Ombudsman Skips 'Kill Whitey' Jokes, But Worries About Old Clips of Jewish Jokes From 1970

    02/25/2012 11:27:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/25/12 | Tim Graham
    On February 12 many NPR stations aired the show “Smiley & West” in which comedian-actor Garrett Morris caused peals of laughter from Tavis Smiley and Cornel West by joking about the small space between “hate Whitey” and “kill Whitey.” West also lectured about how police brutality on the “vanilla side of town” in New York would get condemnations from the White House. NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos predictably told me on Twitter that this wasn’t in his critical purview, since it’s not produced by NPR, but by Public Radio International. But on February 23, Schumacher-Matos devoted a post to charges of...
  • What Liberal Bias? Taxpayer-Funded NPR Host Garrison Keillor To Host Obama Fundraiser…

    02/20/2012 12:08:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/20/12 | Zip
    Still a myth. (Politico) — Well-known public radio host Garrison Keillor is hosting a fundraiser for President Obama in his home state of Minnesota. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will be in the North Star state this week for several events, including a fundraiser at the home of Keillor, Minnesota Public Radio reports. Keillor is best known for the radio variety program A Prairie Home Companion, a show that features dispatches from the fictional Minnesota town Lake Wobegon. His show is produced by Minnesota Public Radio and airs on public radio stations across the country.
  • Is That CEO Being Honest? Tone Of Voice May Tell A Lot(New Technology Reveals Liars)

    02/02/2012 4:57:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2012 | Mark Memmott
    The conversation earlier today between Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep and NPR's Shankar Vedantam about software that can reportedly detect when a CEO might be trying to hide something during a conference call with investment analysts sent us off on a search for more about the research that Shankar was discussing. Layered Voice Analysis technology, according to researchers from Duke University and the University of Illinois, seems to be able to pick up on the "vocal dissonance markers" in the tone of a CEO's voice that signal he or she might be shading the truth, trying to not say something...
  • Sunday Morning Math Puzzle

    01/29/2012 6:15:00 AM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2012 | Ed Pegg JR & Will Shortz
    Next Week's Challenge from listener Ed Pegg Jr.: Write the digits from 1 to 9 in a line. If you put a plus sign after the 2, a times sign after the 4, and plus signs after the 6 and 8, the line shows 12 + 34 x 56 + 78 + 9, which equals 2003. That's nine years off from our current year 2012.? This example uses four arithmetic symbols. The object is to use just three of the following arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, in a line from 1 to 9 to get 2012 exactly. The...
  • Transcript: GOP Response From Gov. Mitch Daniels

    01/24/2012 7:58:22 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 212 replies
    NPR ^ | January 24, 2012 | Mitch Daniels
    Following is the full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels' Republican Address to the Nation, as prepared for delivery:"The status of 'loyal opposition' imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities: to show respect for the Presidency and its occupant, to express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight salute our President, for instance, for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11, and for bravely backing long overdue changes in public education. I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he and the First Lady have displayed to a nation sorely needing such examples."On...
  • 'Dirty' Politics As Usual In South?(NPR:Warning! Most Vicious Diatribe Again the GOP I've Ever Seen)

    01/22/2012 6:19:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | January 21, 2012 | Steve Mullis
    South Carolinians are voting today in the GOP primary, which some pundits see as the candidates' last stand for getting the GOP nomination to run in the general election. On weekends on All Things Considered today, host Guy Raz talked with Danielle Vinson, the chair of the political science department at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., about what is often considered "dirty" South Carolina primary politics. "If you don't come of out here with a first or second place, it's hard to keep going," she says. "So by the time they get here everybody takes off the gloves." One of...
  • Giffords Recovering, But Civil Discourse Hasn't (NPR blames GOP)

    01/08/2012 3:19:02 PM PST · by Drango · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | Linton Weeks
    January 8, 2012 When a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others at a shopping center near Tucson exactly a year ago — killing six people and injuring Giffords and many others — some people were quick to blame the episode on the overheated political climate. At the time of the attack, there was a high tide of political rhetoric across America and a low ebb of social civility. The New York Times reported that the shootings "raised questions about potential political motives" and that the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff was blaming the tragedies on "the toxic...
  • 'We The People': NPR Readers Would Ratify Four New Amendments

    12/24/2011 7:53:36 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 68 replies
    National Progressive Radio ^ | December 20th | Debra Rosenberg
    In "Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It," we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for 2011. Now the people have spoken. As of Dec. 20, you've chosen to abolish the Electoral College, to limit campaign contributions from corporations, to deny corporations the rights of citizens and to prohibit members of Congress from lobbying once they leave office. In our un-scientific sampling, "ratification" required the support of two-thirds of voters. (You can still add your selections here.)
  • NPR Spins ObamaCare's All-Time Unpopularity as Merely a 'Blip'

    11/30/2011 4:51:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Newsbusers ^ | 11/30/11 | Matthew Balan
    On Wednesday, NPR's resident ObamaCare booster Jule Rovner spotlighted the left-leaning Kaiser Family Foundation's latest tracking poll on the law. Rovner indicated that 51% unpopularity for the legislation in October was merely a "blip," and played up how "the public is still confused about what the law does and does not do, more than 18 months after its passage." The journalist led her November 30 item for NPR's "Shots" blog, "Health Law's Popularity Rises...Ever So Slightly," with her "blip" label. After briefly noting that "the federal Affordable Care Act still remains slightly more unpopular 44 percent) than popular (37 percent),"...
  • (Commie Vegans!) Where Turkey Is The Guest, Not The Entree

    11/24/2011 11:25:27 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/23/11 | Emma Jacobs
    Where Turkey Is The Guest, Not The Entree (Isabella Colbdorf feeds salad to a turkey at this year's Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, on Nov. 20, 2011.) Most people think of turkeys as the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. But at one farm, the turkeys are the guests. At the 26th annual Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, a line of turkeys come walking out the door of the barn. They stroll towards long low tables set up on the lawn, with scarlet tablecloths and seasonal squash...
  • Dialing for Radio Dollars (NPR)

    11/22/2011 7:37:21 PM PST · by Drango · 8 replies
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) ^ | November 21, 2011 | Joel Kaplan
    "Dialing for Radio Dollars" was the headline on a Wall Street Journal column by Ralph Gardner Jr. last month. Mr. Gardner began his column: "I'm not sure what's more remarkable—that there even exists a bobblehead of Alan Chartock, the head of Northeast public radio, the Hudson Valley's NPR affiliate, or that it enjoys pride of place on the ledge overlooking our stove." Mr. Gardner's article goes on to paint a flattering profile of Mr. Chartock, who is president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany. "The cult of Alan,...
  • Bozell: NPR Versus 'Minstrel' Cain

    11/16/2011 12:03:46 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies ^ | November 16, 2011 | Brent Bozell
    National Public Radio proved a long time ago it disdains black conservatives. Remember when NPR's Nina Totenberg launched the unproven sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas? NPR doesn't even like black liberals who appear on Fox News: They canned Juan Williams. The sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain aren't ruining him as quickly as the media hoped, so on Nov. 11, NPR viciously attacked Cain for being an enemy of blacks and a "minstrel" to white conservatives. Reporter Karen Grigsby Bates began with Harvard Professor Randall Kennedy. "Black people know that if Herman Cain had his way, their lives would...