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  •  NPR doesn't run those pledge drives, state public (3+ / 0-)
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    mygreekamphora, saluda, Bluefin

    radio stations do that.  So, when I stop pledging it hurts reporters in my state who actually do a pretty good job, classical music hours, and some interesting interviews.   That is why calls and emails to NPR get such cursory treatment - we are not their constituency.  I think a strategy to respond to NPR's rightward tilt might be an interesting discussion.  

    •  You know, as much as I hated to hurt my local (3+ / 0-)
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      mygreekamphora, salmo, Bluefin

      station, I finally had to stop donating.  I stopped listening, too - didn't feel like it was fair to use the service without contributing.  

      I wrote the station many times in the years leading up to my decision, letting them know that it was NPR that was losing them a listener, not their great local programs.  I asked if there was some way to contribute to the station itself without supporting NPR, because I would have done so without question.  Alas, no.

      It's too bad, because I bet a lot of listeners would support their local stations if they knew the money could stay "at home".

      •  So, is there an alternative? (1+ / 0-)
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        bepanda

        I certainly get your point of view.  Unfortunately, neither complaints nor large numbers of former members withholding support seem to have made a difference.  Are there points of leverage more effective than these?  Is it worth trying to change these formerly valuable state institutions?

        •  I really don't know. (3+ / 0-)
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          bepanda, salmo, Laconic Lib

          We can't outbid the oligarchs.  As long as they're willing to make up the shortfall when ordinary people stop donating, the farce will continue.  They get a lot more bang for the buck with NPR than with almost any other outlet/medium.  They give their message a veneer of credibility, and sell it directly to the people who oppose them.  Fox News is preaching to the choir; this is their way to reach the unbelievers.

          We have one thing in common with the right wing - we think the government is beholden to special interests to the point of ignoring the common good.  The difference is that they think that immigrants, the sick, the poor and the elderly have somehow outbid the billionaires for Congress's attention.

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