November 28, 2016
NPR’s first news story on Castro’s death a couple of days ago, as I remember it (I cannot find it on their Web site), was conspicuously neutral, concluding by calling him (I paraphrase from memory) a figure some saw as a dictator.
Give me a break. Fidel Castro was a murderous dictator who jailed, tortured, and killed people just for speaking their minds, just for calling for democracy—even for being related to those who did. Read about any of the brave Cuban democrats and dissidents. Give them a break.
November 27, 2016
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, yesterday’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me quiz show on NPR was a clip show, a parade of past guests, interspersed with host Peter Sagal joking (several times) that you can avoid unpleasant arguments about politics around the Thanksgiving dinner table by claiming that you’ve just been listening to these Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me celebrity interviews all year.
And then of course politics came up over and over again anyway: making fun of Sarah Palin, agreeing that Dick Cheney is scary and awful—one of the guests had even literally teamed up with President Obama to make fun of a Republican congressman, apparently. Of the ones I listened to,* most of the guests’ interviews ended up getting into politics—and of course guests, host, and panelists were all on the same page, identifying with the same team, with the left and against the right.
This is part of why we’re so annoyed about the liberal news media. (Listen up, those of you who still don’t believe there is such a thing—I know you’re out there.) This one isn’t just a little biased; this is either gross incompetence (difficult for NPR to plead—they’re not idiots, and they can do very good journalism when they want to) or infuriating, brazen dishonesty in the service of an agenda.
If NPR were really interested in reporting the news impartially (as opposed to conducting a social-engineering propaganda campaign), they would probably report on this interesting development, reported by Life Site News (also covered at The Federalist Papers Project):
(Short version: Maya Dillard Smith was the interim ACLU director for a whole state; she’s impeccably liberal but resigned because she cannot support the militant new transgender activism.)
The African-American woman who leads a state chapter of the ACLU has resigned, citing her own daughters’ “frightened” reaction to biological males using the women’s restroom.
If NPR can’t make it sound good, no one can:
It’s a recent morning out in California’s Mojave Desert, and Marine Lance Cpls. Paula Pineda and Julia Carroll are struggling to pick up and maneuver Carl. He’s a 220-pound dummy, and a stand-in for a wounded Marine.
Carroll’s knees buckle for a moment, but as a dusty wind picks up, the two women pull Carl off their light armored vehicle. They carry him to safety, careful not to let his head drag on the rocky ground.
So that’s something!
Things You Hear on NPR: Hillary Clinton’s Scandals Are All the More Reason She Should Get in the Race!
March 13, 2015
LIASSON: That’s right. The Clintons’ family foundation took money from foreign governments while she was secretary of state. Now, most of them were ongoing commitments that had been made before she joined the Obama administration, but one donation — $500,000 from the government of Algeria for Haitian earthquake relief — was made during her tenure. And this has struck many people as a conflict of interest and, again, it revived all the old Clinton tropes — the rules don’t apply to them, they’re blind to appearances of impropriety, conflict of interest, it looks like pay-to-play, and it reminded people of the fundraising scandals of the 1990s.
March 11, 2015
The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, in which the plaintiffs argue that under the text of Obamacare, the government can provide subsidies and inflict penalties only on people in states that have set up state-run insurance exchanges. Here is some of NPR’s coverage of the arguments.
1. They bring Scott Walker into their arguments about legislative history.
The whole tone of this NPR piece is in this vein, but this line takes the cake:
. . . Democrats who suffered under McConnell’s tactics over the past six years might be a little suspicious of Mitch McConnell . . . .
The Democrats have been the majority in the Senate for the last six years. Mitch McConnell was the minority leader.
Over the weekend NPR played an interview between NPR’s Arun Rath and novelist Douglas Coupland (pronounced “Copeland”). Coupland’s latest novel doesn’t exactly sound healthy for human consumption:
RATH: . . . I don’t quite know how I feel about this book—
RATH: —Meaning that it’s hilarious but it’s—it’s three hundred pages of vulgarity, almost without lapse.
July 14, 2014
July 7, 2014
NPR this morning painted a picture in which Republicans twist the courts for partisan advantage:
By the same 5-4 vote, the court’s conservatives — all Republican appointees — prevailed over the court’s liberals — all Democratic appointees — on campaign finance regulations, union power and mandated contraceptive coverage for corporations under the Affordable Care Act. . . .
Actually, if you only listen to NPR and other liberal media (which you shouldn’t), you might never know that whistleblowers like Gregory Hicks—a formerly high-ranking official of the Obama State Department and a “registered Democrat who voted for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama”—have been testifying about how the administration failed to protect our diplomats in Libya and then tried to cover it up.
February 13, 2013
NPR struggles to make sense of the fact that the Catholic Church and its understanding of human nature have remained essentially unchanged for several times longer than the United States has existed:
Well, first of all, let’s keep in mind that all the cardinals who are voting cardinals have been appointed either by Pope Benedict XVI or by his predecessor, John Paul II. So they all pretty much are — more or less follow the same kind of line of a conservative dogma, very traditional.
As if the Catholic Church might have gone in some totally different direction if only a different person had happened to be making the appointments this time around?
January 24, 2013
On NPR’s Talk of the Nation yesterday: The host, NPR’s Neal Conan, interviewed Father Jeff Kirby, a Catholic priest, about the scandals that broke ten years ago. Conan:
Is it simply the question of how could their fellow priests or their future fellow priests do such a thing, how could the church protect them, but also—how they might come to be regarded, uh, by, uh—(pause)—I guess you’ll excuse the expression, civilians?
January 23, 2013
Last fall, partly as a show of good faith, I promised to listen to NPR every other day (on odd-numbered days). (Of course I think you should make sure to get a balanced diet including at least some conservative media as well, lest you unwittingly allow yourself to sit in a self-reinforcing bubble of liberal prejudices.)
I have done so. I don’t have much time to listen to NPR (any more than I do to listen to conservative and Christian talk radio), but I now get a significant part of my news from NPR (and the BBC, and Public Radio International, and American Public Media, and whatever else comes across the local NPR station), as I did in high school.
February 2, 2017
Gorsuch has a sterling legal pedigree. He clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He also served as a clerk on the second most important appeals court in the country, in Washington D.C., for conservative Judge David Sentelle.
November 8, 2016
First, it’s important to note that people have a lot of legitimate concerns that lead them to support Trump. It would be a serious mistake to write them off as bad or stupid people. It’s just that Trump isn’t the answer to any of their concerns.
For a brief but academic further exploration of this, read distinguished academic Charles Murray’s piece on the subject.
November 5, 2014
(Update, November 11th, 2014: Commemorative T-shirts now available!)
How badly did Democrats lose last night? So badly that NPR led one story this morning with the line “There is very little upside for Democrats in yesterday’s election results.” So badly that NPR headlined another story “Republican Candidates Swept; Democrats Wept”. So badly that NPR jokes that we need a new word to express how bad it was.
A few thoughts:
1: No Blue State Safe
October 24, 2014
2. If you don’t care enough to go vote, you probably don’t care enough to vote well.
3. Longer voting periods mean more expensive campaigns, more money in politics, and more entrenched incumbents.
4. Voting early means voting without all the information.
Coloradan Sarah Hoyt is concerned about her state’s recent changes to its election laws. Laws that make it “easier” to vote also make it easier to commit voter fraud.
October 9, 2014
One of the central arguments for Obamacare was that it was outrageous that more than 40 million Americans supposedly did not have health insurance (not necessarily that they didn’t have health care, but that they didn’t have health insurance). For example, President Obama said on June 15th, 2009,
We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women and children. . . . We need to get this done.
The Democrats pushed Obamacare through, and it made employers afraid to hire,* reduced many of those who had jobs to part-time hours,** and significantly increased health-care spending (as even the Obama administration eventually admitted). A survey indicated that a majority of doctors supported repealing or defunding the law (not to mention a majority of the country). Even NPR admitted that Obamacare would cause a doctor shortage or make it worse.