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Sun Oct 30, 2016, 09:57 PM

I won't contribute to NPR again

There was an interview with Mara Liasson on NPR this morning. She was truly nasty in her discussion of the Comey scandal. You won't get harsh tone of voice, but here is the end of the piece......

LIASSON: Well, this really is "Back To The Future." The campaign started with the emails. It's ending with the emails. All the threads of the Clintons' 30-year political story seem to be coming together - the penchant for secrecy that led her to choose a private server; her penchant for defensiveness; her tone deafness and the way she initially dealt with this, which only exacerbated her image as dishonest and untrustworthy; and then the sex scandals that always seemed to dog the Clintons and the ongoing investigations that often end up turning something else. So it's all there, the messy drama that seems to always be part of the Clintons' story.

MARTIN: Mara Liasson, thanks so much.

LIASSON: Thank you.


I have never understood why NPR thinks Liasson, who is a FOX-shill, is a value to their operation.

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Reply I won't contribute to NPR again (Original post)
SharonClark Oct 2016 OP
fun n serious Oct 2016 #1
semby2 Oct 2016 #2
Blue Idaho Oct 2016 #5
BlueStreak Oct 2016 #6
Gabi Hayes Oct 2016 #11
mwrguy Oct 2016 #3
Chathamization Oct 2016 #4
Divine Discontent Oct 2016 #12
Jason1961 Oct 2016 #8
AngryAmish Oct 2016 #9
gort Oct 2016 #10
NBachers Oct 2016 #13
mwrguy Oct 2016 #14

Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:01 PM

1. Hmmmm....

 

I always knew NPR was fake progressive and Trumpish. I thought it was common knowledge.

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:01 PM

2. NPR?

 

They've been trash for years.

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Response to semby2 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:10 PM

5. Yup

Since Bush put the foxes in charge of the henhouse NPR has turned into National Republican Radio.

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Response to semby2 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:10 PM

6. The Republicans figured out it was too hard to kill NPR, and much better to inhabit the body

 

NPR has some entertainment programs ("Wait wait ..." e.g.) that aren't afraid to poke fun at the right wing institutions. But the "news" coverage has been moving steadily rightward. PBS-TV has been there for 20 years.

I contributed regularly up to about 2007, but I just can't bring myself to do that anymore.

In my local market, Morning Edition has now been usurped about 10 minutes every hour by programming produced by (essentially) the Chamber of Commerce). That is all pro-corporate anti-environment, anti-labor, anti- living-wage stuff. And overnight they run BBC, which has become every bit as right wing as NPR.

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Response to semby2 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 11:05 PM

11. fascism by another name smells as sweet,

 

Last edited Sun Oct 30, 2016, 11:38 PM - Edit history (1)

http://12bytes.org/articles/exposed/npr-national-public-radio-or-national-propaganda-radio

My friends insisted that i listen to NPR and so i gave it a whirl. It wasn’t long before i concluded that National Public Radio is little different from any other government or corporate owned mainstream news com regarding mainstream media, i know full well that unbiased, relevant topics of the day are not going to be dealt with in any objective and granular manner on FM radio anymore than they would be on mainstream television. To understand why this is, one must understand who owns mainstream media , who sits on their boards of directors, and the relationships those board members have with other corporations.

Media Ownership

Almost all of mainstream media – television, radio, publishing companies, the music and film industries – are owned by an ever dwindling number of extremely wealthy and influential, multinational corporations, the number of which has fallen from around 50 to just 5 in the last 20 years or so and the mergers continue. A few hours of research on your part will shed some light on why, for instance, a particular mainstream media company with defense contractors sitting on its board has little incentive to inform the public about devastating human and environmental consequences that depleted uranium weaponry has caused, and continues to cause, in the middle east , as well as other locations around the world that the U.S. and its allies choose to inflict “democracy” upon.

Media Ownership Graph - 1983-2004
2011 Media Ownership Chart
2011 Media Ownership Chart
Not biting the hand that feeds you

As they say, “follow the money”, and researching the NPR money trail leads to some interesting places.

– Lockheed Martin

From an article at socialscience.com titled Campaign to make NPR accountable for representing Lockheed-Martin over the people i found the following:

My friends insisted that i listen to NPR and so i gave it a whirl. It wasn’t long before i concluded that National Public Radio is little different from any other government or corporate owned mainstream news company. Here’s why:

Red Flags

The simple fact that NPR broadcasts on the FM band raises the first red flag of many to follow. Because of my earlier extensive research regarding mainstream media, i know full well that unbiased, relevant topics of the day are not going to be dealt with in any objective and granular manner on FM radio anymore than they would be on mainstream television. To understand why this is, one must understand who owns mainstream media , who sits on their boards of directors, and the relationships those board members have with other corporations.

Media Ownership

Almost all of mainstream media – television, radio, publishing companies, the music and film industries – are owned by an ever dwindling number of extremely wealthy and influential, multinational corporations, the number of which has fallen from around 50 to just 5 in the last 20 years or so and the mergers continue. A few hours of research on your part will shed some light on why, for instance, a particular mainstream media company with defense contractors sitting on its board has little incentive to inform the public about devastating human and environmental consequences that depleted uranium weaponry has caused, and continues to cause, in the middle east , as well as other locations around the world that the U.S. and its allies choose to inflict “democracy” upon.

Media Ownership Graph - 1983-2004
2011 Media Ownership Chart
2011 Media Ownership Chart
Not biting the hand that feeds you

As they say, “follow the money”, and researching the NPR money trail leads to some interesting places.

– Lockheed Martin

From an article at socialscience.com titled Campaign to make NPR accountable for representing Lockheed-Martin over the people i found the following:

NPR: “We never forget who we’re working for”

Millions of dollars from Lockheed-Martin, Wal-Mart, big oil

On October 26, 2002, over 100,000 people came to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. to protest U.S. foreign policy, mainly the coming attack on Iraq. Organizers and those on the ground said there were over 200,000 people. UPI, Washington Post, and L.A. Times all estimated that over 100,000 rallied. Meanwhile, on National Public Radio, Nancy Marshall was on the scene, and reported, “I’d say there were fewer than ten thousand.”

She also reported that protesters agreed with Bush that “we need to do something in Iraq.” Thousands of protest signs (see below) with slogans along the lines of “Regime Change in U.S.” and “Stop U.S. terror,” clearly showed that the majority of protesters think “we need to do something” in the United States, not Iraq. Its also hard to imagine that she actually found a protester who said they would support U.S. to “ratchet up sanctions.”

Following is a transcript of the audio file:

This is NPR, National Public Radio. Support for WAMU is provided by Lockheed Martin. Bringing criminals to justice is more important than ever. Advanced systems developed by Lockheed Martin help Federal agents get the job done faster. Lockheed Martin: we never forget who we’re working for.


This made me wonder about the kind of reporting NPR has done on Lockheed Martin in the past, so i headed back to their website. As you can see for yourself, NPR appears to have almost nothing negative to say about one of the largest defense contractors on the planet which, considering Lockheed helps fund NPR and/or its affiliates, is not at all surprising.


make of this what you will....not much media to trust out there for us pawns

tough to enjoy the Cher bread/circus divertissements with certain knowledge that the average gube is gonna be in for a very rude awakening when the warlord with whom he's cast his shield is
nothing but fodder next big geopolitical shift, perhaps put into motion as a result of a biosphere that has been overwhelmed......ambient seems to kick in, so if any other thoughts result, feel free.

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:08 PM

3. Nationalist Plutocrat Radio

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:09 PM

4. NPR is pretty terrible. The question that came before was just as bad.

MARTIN: Before I let you go, Mara, I mean, you brought up Anthony Weiner. I mean, it is just bizarre that, in the final days, Hillary Clinton is being linked to Anthony Weiner and the sex scandal that he was in.


It's kind of amazing how NPR is trying to link Clinton to the Weiner scandal, when the entire link is nothing more than her aid being married to Weiner.

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Response to Chathamization (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 11:18 PM

12. Good grief, that's sick. I wish the next Clinton backer on NPR points out NPR's sickening

electioneering for Trump. They won't, but they should.

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:25 PM

8. A good way to alienate your audience

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:41 PM

9. I always thought Fresh Air sounded better in the original german.

 

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:50 PM

10. Greg Palast gave them the best name

National Petroleum Radio

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 12:32 AM

13. I am bitterly disappointed that they've become National rePublican Radio.

Every once in a while, I'll switch it on to see if maybe I've been wrong. But, so often, I immediately hear some fascist lunatic buzzwords, and I'm tempted to smash my radio against the wall.

It's too bad.

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Mon Oct 31, 2016, 12:51 AM

14. Hillary was ambushed by Terry Gross back during the primaries

I hope she can clean some house after she's elected.

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