Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Of Course NPR is Liberal

It's (partly) government funded!  How many people working for NPR do you think believe that the federal government should not tax people to pay for national, public broadcasting?

*UPDATE*  I forgot to mention that NPR pairs David Brooks with liberal, E.J. Dionne, as their political commentators.  So their go-to Republican is pro-choice, insists on gay marriage, is a mild fiscal conservative, and the author of the A Moderate Manifesto. 

How many stories have you heard about how oil fracking is lifting people out of poverty and providing tons of work and money to average citizens?  How many stories on NPR have you heard about the terrible dangers of fracking, environmental concerns, scary Big Oil, etc.?  How many?

How many stories have you heard on NPR about rampant promiscuity in the gay community, much higher STD rates, etc.?  How many stories have you heard told from the perspective that homosexual relations are obviously fine and good?

Diane Rehm?  Old-School liberal.  I will give her this: she tends to bring on a pretty balanced panel and will have a conservative voice on.  And she does all that she can not to bristle when conservatives say conservative things, especially on social issues.  But she often can't help herself like when she says things like this.

I used to think Terry Gross was the most grossly leftist, that is, until Maria Hinojosa took that spot.  She's never met a leftist idea she didn't love.  (I just clicked on Latino USA to get the spelling of her last name.  On the page there is a link to "Sex Ed and the Dominican Republic."  Without looking my prediction is that the show will talk about the failure of religion (probably Catholic in particular) and abstinence-only, the need for more (liberal) education, government funded condoms, etc.  (Yawn).  Any takers on a bet?)

Tavis Smiley?  Cornel West?  Are you kidding?

"Wait, wait, don't tell me"--a show for democrats with a lousy sense of humor.

Neal Conan was excellent.  He played both sides of issues well.  Unfortunately his show was cancelled.

Morning Edition, Here and Now, are tolerably center-left.  Ira Glass is pretty chill.

Look, folks.  When you fire Juan Williams for not being politically correct enough--JUAN FRICKIN' WILLIAMS!--you are L-I-B-E-R-A-L.

As On the Media co-host Bob Garflied said,

“If you were to somehow poll the political orientation of everybody in the NPR news organization and all of the member stations, you would find an overwhelmingly progressive, liberal crowd.” 
Of course.  We ALREADY knew that Bob, from the stories covered, the questions asked, and the questions NOT ASKED.  Just admit it, NPR.  You are liberal.  Embrace your liberalism like conservatives embrace their conservativism.  Don't hide behind a facade of total impartiality and objectivity.  Let's be honest about our convictions and let people decide who has the better arguments.

For more blog posts on NPR, see my NPR category.

For other fun reading and NPR bashing see:

Why I hate NPR--let me count the ways (a funny story about this guy's NPR loving sister)

No Liberal Bias at NPR--Just ask NPR

Gross vs. O'Reilly


  1. Yeah, but Car Talk is good! Although, you might suspect that NPR's listeners' biases creep through that show too. Too many people calling in with problems about their dumb Prius... ;)

  2. Car Talk WAS good. But all they have on now are reruns.

  3. Reruns? Not here. They are on most Saturday mornings with a new show.

  4. Thus are all reruns, dude! They closed up shop a couple years ago.

  5. Wow, I'm behind the times. Then NPR is truly devoid of any good programming. I listen to NPR news a fair amount (on average, once or twice a week, but it can be everyday if there is something big happening in the news). Morning Edition and All Things Considered (i.e. All (Progressive) Things Considered) are informative news shows, and I can tolerate their politics. I usually know when their biases slip into their news coverage. I appreciate that NPR gives a little more attention to international news than does many other American news outlets. I also appreciate that their news stories are a little longer than cable news stories, I'd guess, which gives them more time to go into detail.
    That said, I'd be first in line to pull the plug on their ridiculous tax money funding. If NPR is such a great news organization, then they can stay afloat privately.
    HEY LEFTISTS: If I suppose you think that making NPR private would "corrupt" it...their'd be "big business" providing advertisements. Why don't you turn the same ideological critique on the institution that currently funds it, BIG GOVERNMENT! NPR already serves the interests of the powerful.