I love NPR

October 25th, 2010

I listen to NPR.
I donate to NPR.
But when my fellow listeners try to claim that NPR doesn’t have a liberal bias, viagra buy sickness I feel compelled to point out there’s a reason most NPR stations are on the left end of the radio dial.

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  • 1. John Foust  |  October 25th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Because the right-wing FCC ordered them there decades ago?

    Yeah, all of us in the reality-based world get that “liberal” label tossed at us.

  • 2. Debunked  |  October 25th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    The right is so far removed from the center, that anything that isn’t Fox News has a liberal bias.

    Claiming NPR has a liberal bias is akin to claiming that facts have a liberal bias. Though, in today’s political climate, the extreme right wing does tend to claim facts have a liberal bias. So I guess that sort of nails that one shut.

  • 3. Elliot  |  October 25th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Three things:

    1.) the “center” is an illusion. It’s always a matter of perspective.

    2.) I actually think NPR does a good job of trying to be neutral in their presentation of the news. Probably the best of any media organization anywhere. That’s why I listen and donate.

    3.) That said, I would speculate that close to 90% of the reporters and staffers at NPR are liberals. That predisposition affects everything from the guests chosen to be on Fresh Air to which stories are pursued by All Things Considered. I know the fact that so much of what you hear on NPR aligns with your world view makes you think they are completely unbiased, but can’t you see that’s the same impression a certain kind of conservative gets when listing to Fox News? It’s hard for all of us to see the water we swim in.

  • 4. Debunked  |  October 25th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Actually, the fact that much of what I hear on NPR doesn’t align with my world view is what makes me know they are extremely close to neutral.

    Obviously completely objective reporting is near impossible to pull off.

    If everything they reported on aligned with my world view, then obviously they wouldn’t be neutral, now would they? Unless you are suggesting that my world view is also neutral.

    The difference is, NPR tends to utilize both left and right wing individuals who are actually intelligent and on the whole make valid points as opposed to the droll blathering without any bias in reality you get from Fox News.

    But then, I never said I had issues with conservatives. I just absolutely despise neocons.

  • 5. Dan  |  October 26th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Umm, no conservative commentators. Listen to their entertainment shows and they are very much liberal. Those who say NPR is neurtral and not liberal really don’t listen or only listen to what they want to hear.

  • 6. John Foust  |  October 26th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Commentators? Entertainers? Politicizers? Which do you want it to be? Is there some other station or network that you think is doing it right in terms of fair and balanced, as you think NPR should be?

  • 7. Dan  |  October 27th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Since, John, they take taxpayer dollars, yes, they need to be fair and balanced. Afterall, that is who is paying some of their bills. If they don’t take taxpayer money, I don’t care how they operate.

  • 8. John Foust  |  October 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I’m still confused. So Fox News is fair and balanced, but NPR needs to be a different kind of fair and balanced, and you can’t tell me how NPR should change. No conservative commentators? What’s your definition of that? An entertainment show on NPR that’s liberal? You’re upset about Prairie Home Companion? That’s like church for liberals.

  • 9. Dan  |  October 28th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    John, thank you for your role playing. Playing an innocent person who has no clue about the world who has no clue about the world is quite a good role for you.

  • 10. Elliot  |  October 28th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Oops, remember guys…please no comments aimed at the person. Make fun of their ideas instead!

    (Really, almost everyone here has people who love and value them. They can’t be all bad…except for me, of course.)

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