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Once again monitoring NPR and still confirming they are just as anti-Obama/Democrat, pro-Republican as Fox, CBS Radio, or ABC Radio News. They have been framing their "fiscal cliff" reporting as the problem we have here is a lack of respect between the two political parties. If only one of them would be the grown up in the room and negotiate in good faith and be willing to compromise like the parties did in the old days, this would be settled quickly.

NPR loves going into how all the spending cuts are going to hurt us all, but they give no context or history as to how this whole thing came about, not even when they bring their so-called analyst Cokie Roberts--one of the biggest hacks with a most undeserved reputation--to talk about it. No one brings up that the Republicans brought this all about with the acquiescence of the Democrats last year. In return for voting to raise the debt ceiling the Republicans demanded spending cuts in "entitlement" programs while the Democrats hang tough for defense spending cuts. The idea was that if budget and tax reform talks ever got stalemated these spending cuts would kick in.  Other middle class staples like the payroll tax holiday would end as well. These changes were considered so draconian that no Congress in its right mind--meaning THESE guys--would ever allow these spending cuts to tax place. Obama dutifully signed this legislation--which also brought you the dead-on-arrival Super Committee--probably knowing all the time the Republicans would take us over that very cliff the following year.

But NPR insists on giving its listeners none of this context. They hold their reporting to "oh some terrible things are about to happen if Congress doesn't start acting its age", again attempting to create a false equivalency between the two sides.  There is not one mention that the Democrats have put forth a serious plan with specific measures to increase revenue by raising taxes on the top 2%, but they do report Republicans insist on closing unspecified tax loopholes, which NPR then claims would raise more revenue than the tax increases, which really aren’t tax increases so much as ending the George W. Bush tax cuts.  They also insist on “entitlements reform” although it’s been proven Social Security adds not dollar one to the deficit and Obamacare has already mandated Medicare provider payment reforms.  If the Republicans would agree to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices—which their Medicare Part D prohibits—that alone would save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years. To lend themselves credibility, NPR quoted talking heads from two economic policy think tanks without telling us anything about these think tanks—such as if they were right or left wing or middle oriented, or if they were sponsored surrogates for the Koch Brothers or George Soros or the like.  Or they interview Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Allstate Insurance—universally regarded as the worst insurance company in the country—to comment on the Congressional budget impasse.  His astute observation?  Both parties lack respect for each other  and we still need entitlements reform.  He also admitted that after we go over the fiscal cliff no one in the insurance industry will lose their jobs because profits are still up. That should come as no surprise to any Allstate policy holder who has filed a claim and tried to collect what they were promised while Wilson pocketed a 20% pay increase in 2011, raising his salary and compensation and bonuses to $11.2 million.
They ended their fiscal cliff story today with Obama’s scheduled visit to Detroit and that “some Republicans say” Obama is still acting like he’s on the campaign trail.  Of course NPR didn’t add that Detroit is expected to go broke by the end of the month, which might kick in Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager law where he takes over the governing of a city through a hand-picked surrogate.  NPR also failed to add that  Michigan Republicans have passed legislation that Snyder is about to sign into law that will kill the union movement, lower wages and reduce or end benefits that union members and non-members working in union shops enjoy.  Obama has every right—in fact an obligation—to stand with workers in Detroit and rally them to support his budget and support the right of unions to exist for the protection and benefit of workers.

You would think that with the resounding Obama and Democratic victories of last month NPR would see that their bread is buttered on the left side and no longer on the right, but they don’t.  And this could be bad news for them as NPR heads into its annual holiday pledge drive.  Alienating liberals—who historically are much more generous individual donors than conservatives—is not a good idea unless NPR is confident that its Republican-leaning corporate sponsors are already in the bag.

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  •  Im NOT giving them a dime (2+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, BrianParker14

    (R's) take those tired memes and shove 'em, Denise Velez Oliver, 11/7/2012.

    by a2nite on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:54:31 AM PST

  •  here was my reaction after listening on nov 14th. (5+ / 0-)
    Listening to a little bit of Neal Conan and Talk of the Nation on NPR. What a worthless prick that guy is. How does he justify his 300k salary? Moping around the studio with a couple other Republicans... false equivocations, denial, obfuscation. One pundit says, 'Yeah, I bought the whole package, believed Rove and Fox when they told us Romney was going to win by a landslide... and that the polling was flawed due to blah, blah, blah...' What a fucking idiot. He shouldn't even be sitting there anymore after such a colossal fail! The first caller basically says, WTF is the matter with you guys and why are you so surprised at the results?
    Maybe I was exaggerating about his salary... didn't fact check that... bet it's into six figures anyway.
    •  BREAKING NEWS! (5+ / 0-)

      NPR is no better than any other big money, corporate mainstream media organ. The talking heads at NPR are inbred, corrupted "villagers" no different from any of the other villagers.  They are entirely too full of themselves and way too comfortable to risk speaking truth.  Sadly, the movers and shakers at NPR - and at (at least) my local NPR affiliate are part of the established order.  They have fat salaries and secure, institutional, high-profile positions for life - nobody should be shocked to discover they're not exactly champions of truth and justice.

      •  Our Local NPR station (4+ / 0-)

        it headed up by Alan Chartok who is really terrrific.  He not only does great coverage of local and national news from a progressive and/or thoughtful point of view; the network of his stations choke out religious stations on the dial.  I wish other stations had the benefit of his leadership

        Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

        by tikkun on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:54:30 PM PST

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  •  If I have NPR on (8+ / 0-)

    in the background while I'm getting dinner ready, and they start talking about national politics, I pretty much have to shut it off.

    Otherwise, I start bellowing. I just can't bear the shallowness, the false equivalences.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:03:41 PM PST

  •  chart on the accuracy of NPR's polling (4+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, kurt, BrianParker14, Larsstephens

    of the 2012 election.
    second to last place of the top 16 polling organizations, behind rasmussen and gallup.

  •  That is one hell of a rant you have there. (6+ / 0-)

    But hey if you don't like there reporting DONT LISTEN TO IT.  Or maybe DONT DONATE.  I'm not a fan of their political reporting, but NPR has really good programs that aren't news related.  

  •  NPR still afraid of New Gingrich (2+ / 0-)
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    hooper, Larsstephens

    The problem with the CPB generally seems to be that they are always afraid that when Republicans get a majority in Congress, whenever that might be, that they will have to answer for not being an acceptable as an entity that has received appropriations from Congress.  

    The solution, if we are going to actually have an independent and unthreatened press, is to insulate the CPB from the whims of vengeful budget cutters.  

    We also need non-profit newspapers and TV and news services.  

    All of it needs to be funded in such a way that it is insulated from Republican vengeance.  

    The problem with the media as it is, resides in the fact that it is vulnerable to chain-yanking from the corporate sector, through advertising and through think tanks and other influence machinery.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:33:46 PM PST

  •  CAPradio Sacramento listener (8+ / 0-)

    I get that NPR national news team toes the whole "both sides do it" line and that Cokie Roberts is aggravating and on NPR one day a week. The rest of the time I have frequent local news breaks, a one hour in depth program on local politics, events, personalities, Fresh Air, BBC in the afternoons, Science Fridays, Radiolab...

    I can listen to a radio at my desk but not stream.
    Where else on terrestrial radio do you suggest I go to get that? Clear Channel? Cumulus? I hear they're cutting back on local progamming.

    From your previous diary on the same subject:

    What scares me is that I am on the same side of an issue as the Republicans: I am not happy that NPR (and PBS for that matter) uses my own federal tax dollars to propagandize me. I say end federal funding of public broadcasting and let them propagandize using donations from members like you.  
    Scares me too. Next you'll be saying you don't want your "own federal tax dollars" to fund Planned Parenthood
  •  NPR lost the way a few years ago. (6+ / 0-)

    They have better news coverage than anyone else, but they are not liberal/Democrat in anyway. They run cover for conservatives and Republicans whenever they are told to do so by the ones holding the purse.

    Send conservatives to FilthyLiberal.com for re-education.

    by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:22:30 PM PST

  •  Some Good, some bad like everywhere else (6+ / 0-)

    can be found on NPR.  Diane Rheem (sp?) is marvelous if elderly even by my standards.  Their news reporting has local, BBC, national and heavy political coverage that cannot be compared to Foxaganda; that was a cheap shot.  They really do seem to be trying hard not to piss off the conservatives that are trying to cut their funding sometimes which is the defensive posture liberals, workers and poor people have come to regard as a necessary genuflection.

    'cause Mr. Charlie told me so - Robert Hunter/"Pigpen" McKernan

    by pholkiephred on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:17:01 PM PST

  •  Diane Rehm is an atrocity. (1+ / 0-)
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    Almost daily, her first hour is a right wing talking points program.  She never corrects right wingers and frequently will have AEI, The Heritage Foundation and the Cato foundation on at the same time telling us all about the wonderful things they do (to destroy democracy and our planet), never once mentioning they are all Koch boys toys.  Last week she had grover norquist (koch funded) on and consistently let him go on and on w/proven lies and distortions while cutting off Dem. Chris van Hollen repeatedly as well as any callers who dared to question or challenge the koch bros. gnome.  Diane Rehm is clearly a right wing plant and I can't stand these no nothing liberals constantly complementing her on how wonderful she is.  She is a complete bonafide right winger.  Don't......fall...... for..... her..... !!!

  •  NPR is garbage. (1+ / 0-)
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    greenomanic

    The fact that some liberals rush to defend NPR, as evidenced by some of the comments in this thread, shows how deeply the reputation of NPR's listeners as "Volvo-driving, latte-sipping" has permeated whatever national consciousness there is about that riven network.

    Further, I find it kind of odd that some say "just don't listen." When federal tax dollars support right-wing propaganda, I will speak up rather than just turn the dial. And no, there is absolutely no comparison between NPR and Planned Parenthood - one provides vital services to women the nation over, while the other spouts right-wing propaganda daily alongside fifteen year old reruns of Cartalk.

    NPR sucks.

    •  So the Right Wing complains that (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, CuriousBoston

      NPR is liberal propoganda and now liberals are complaining that its conservative propoganda?  What is right wing about Terry Gross? What is right wing about Science Friday?  If it was really conservative they wouldn't even acknowledge the existence of Science.

      This whole argument seems to be "NPR news sucks, therefore all NPR programming sucks".  That'd be like saying Rachel Maddow sucks because she is on the same network as Joe Scarbourough.

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