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  •  NPR lost its nerve, in my opinion, long before (35+ / 0-)

    Williams. I think it happened during the first Gulf War, frankly.

    I have been addicted to NPR for decades. Like you, I can recite the daily schedule for our market here in Maine (which, for a state of about 1.5 million people has one of the best public radio programming schedules around--and I have lived around--and for that, a hearty thanks to our summer residents who are members) as well as that of WBUR, a true flagship, in Boston. I know way too much about NPR. Because I listen to it. All day. Every day.

    That being said, I have seen NPR getting more, well, not exactly "conservative" but rather "lazy". It's not what it used to be.

    I remember back in the late 80's, having a "driveway moment" in the parking lot of one of the halls of our university while parking on my way to class. It was a report about Jesse Helms. I forget the substance--I"m sure it had to do with the National Endowment for the Arts, as at that time it was a hot issue--but I"ll never forget how that segment was played out: Dueling Banjoes. They would never dare play out a segment on a Southern politician like that today.

    It's important to note that very little of their operating budget comes from the CPB. Most of it is corporate, and as you point out, private donation and underwriting. Oh, the other think I love about MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting Network)? On the radio, they do about three fundraisers a year, all of them on Thursdays, all of them one day, and they always meet their goals. Someone, apparently, is still listening to Public Radio. I know I am, as disappointing as it can be at times.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 06:29:13 PM PDT

    •  Exactly. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    •  before that: back in 1982 they said "Coke is It" (5+ / 0-)

      and in the '80s they called their sponsor ADM "your supermarket to the world" as an add on to the company names, back in the day while ADM was cornering the market on corn syrup and other ingredients.

      1971:
          Company purchases Corn Sweeteners, Inc., producer of high-fructose syrups, glutens, oil, and caramel color.
      This is where our national health crisis originated.

      So I realized that my few dollars scraped together was going up against corporate money. I continued to listen to them because the news and music were interesting and more intelligent than average. But now the listenership has switched to my daughter's generation and the musical segways have changed to stuff I don't like. So I tune in for the game shows on the weekend and that's about it.

      I really got discouraged with the media when "public" radio shilled for war.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:32:18 AM PDT

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    •  A lot more obfuscation now (3+ / 0-)
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      than in the past.
      NPR never used to waffle, but it's commonplace now.

      The most ironic aspect is NPR will never be a conservative news source. The GOP base will never abandon Fox and Clear Channel.

      Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

      by Idaho07 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 03:18:42 PM PDT

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