This is NPR

It’s not only an innocent question, it’s a noble one: what if, speculated a life-long reporter, National Pubic Radio concentrated more on reporting the facts fairly and accurately and less time on ever more left-wing propaganda for an ever-shrinking viewership? FIVE DAYS UNPAID SUSPENSION! And therein lies the fault line between Classical Liberals and Modern Progressives.

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Road Rider
April 24, 2024 3:32 PM

Can we defund VOA too? I can’t imagine, with the internet, that VOA has any value anymore. Particularly with who is running it now.

April 24, 2024 10:48 AM

The ostensible purpose of providing government funding to NPR is to provide exposure to rarely heard but interesting cultural output and opinions. Initially this was focused on the arts, and since the medium is radio, “the arts” was specifically music and theatre. Today that focus has shifted (except during fund drives) to political opinion. There is no reasonable way to show that the political opinions expressed by NPR are rarely heard seeing as 80% of the non-publicly-funded media expresses the same opinions. It is long past due time to eliminate public funding to this enterprise, or limit it to non-political… Read more »

Karl Schweitzer
Reply to  user-9913
April 24, 2024 6:42 PM

We have dozens of Youtube, Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple or Amazon sources for “the arts” that I do not know why we even need NPR. The alternative should be government funding for various Youtube channels (not that that would be a good idea….)

I wonder if NPR was doing the same “save the radio” plugs when there was a push to remove radios from cars… or was it just that AM was going away and NPR is mostly FM?

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
April 24, 2024 10:10 AM

Pretty sure that I have not listened to NPR since new episodes of Car Talk stopped airing. That is more than 10 years ago.
I did enjoy both Car Talk and whatever that trivia program was called.

edit – What do you know?

Good listening on a Saturday morning.

Road Rider
Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
April 24, 2024 3:31 PM

click and clack, the tappet twins!

April 24, 2024 7:03 AM

NPR cannot resist ruining a potentially decent story by injecting a political message about race, climate change, gender confusion, or the evils of capitalism and Western civilization. I used to think they were just a bunch of self-loathing biotches, but it’s worse than that. They love themselves. They see themselves as benevolent demi-gods possessed of ageless wisdom in a world filled with feckless dolts in need of guidance or punishment. Example: This morning ran a story about cowboys, but not just any cowboys. Black cowboys. Tomorrow we either get Brokeback Cowboys, the cowboy unions, or how cowboys are causing climate… Read more »

Road Rider
April 23, 2024 6:16 PM

Well, Scott confirmed my wife is incorrect. I’m not annoying.
I don’t always agree with Scott.

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
Reply to  Road Rider
April 24, 2024 9:52 AM

Whatever you do don’t tell her she’s wrong!!!

Road Rider
Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
April 24, 2024 3:30 PM

Ron, that was nuanced. Well played Sir.

Rick Notkin
April 23, 2024 1:52 PM

Well, if 92% of local stations’ funding is local, then they won’t miss the rest of the CPB funds.

Keith Jackson
April 23, 2024 1:03 PM

For years I listened to NPR in an ill-advised attempt to “get a more well-rounded” picture of the political landscape, as I was a big Rush Limbaugh and Neal Boortz guy. There were programs I really enjoyed, particularly jazz on Saturday nights. But it became impossible to stomach the steady drumbeat of “conservatism sux”. And that was in the 1990s. Today it’s almost a spoof.

Bruce Niederer
April 23, 2024 11:32 AM

About 20years ago I listened to npr at work in the tech shop because in one particular spot it was all I could receive due to the steel beams that created a cone of silence. I listened to a music review show hosted by, if I remember correctly, Bob Shapiro. I discovered many artists I’d never have learned about. They also play jazz and blues at night. The Shapiro show is long gone but the Jazz and blues remains.

Other than that npr sucks!

David B
April 23, 2024 10:43 AM

Dozens of “for OUR king” groups. Can we say spreading “Tribalism”?

John Staley
April 23, 2024 9:52 AM

Much like my viewing of the Kardashians on TV, I have NEVER listened to anything on NPR. Think I’ll have that as my epitaph!