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  •  I first started noticing during the Impeachment (4+ / 0-)
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    I first started noticing bad NPR reporting during the Impeachment.

    I'd turn on the radio expecting sanity, but instead they covered the impeachment like it made rational sense.

    Then in 2000 during that horrible November/December when our election was being stolen -- Again they covered it as though Bush was indeed president and we were just waiting for confirmation.

    I can't believe I stuck with them past that point (I was so angry)

    But the final straw was they're coverage of the leadup to the Iraq War.  We were preparing to attack a country that had never made a direct move against us and the so-called 'liberal' public radio station couldn't support it more enthusiastically.  They had daily interviews with Powell and Rice that made me crazy with rage.  And interviews with military leaders that didn't make any sense at all.

    The very last time I listened to them (for years -- I really never went back) they were talking to an officer a couple of days before the invasion about how prepared we were.  And the officer said that we were going to win because in the war game exercises they did for practice the Iraqis always lost.  And the reporter said something like (not a quote) - that's great to hear -- and they moved on.  Like we should actually base our expectations of the outcome of a war on how our guys role-play Iraqi soldiers!

    NPR sucks.

    Eat 4 Today: Defeating Republicans through diet and exercise!

    by katiebird on Tue Jul 11, 2006 at 04:20:48 AM PDT

    •  So, for you, they are not biased enough? (0+ / 0-)

      Reporters report.  They present information.  During the lead-up to the war, they asked questions of Bush Admin officials.  

      You expected them to act like Rush Limbaugh and ask biased and loaded questions?  

      I have listed to NPR since 1970 or so.  They always present the best reporting available.  They are fairly unbiased, with small exceptions.  

      They don't do much editorial stuff.  I guess that is a problem for some, but not for me.

      •  Wow. You've got a nasty way with words. (0+ / 0-)

        You've got a nasty way with words. I'm not looking for biased reporting at all.  I'm looking for reporters that offer the basic (and complete) facts about a story.  But, that's not what we get from NPR (although you may be right that they are the 'best').  What we got from NPR in those months for the war was support for the White House talking points.  Interviews with Rice, Powell and those military leaders did not include any hard-hitting followup questions.  They basically were allowed to say their little pieces and then they were thanked.    I don't see that as reporting.

        One of the reasons we could get dragged into a war based on lies is that the reporters we counted on to dig into the facts didn't.  And NPR didn't do the kind of digging they should have.

        You've got me exactly backwards.  I was actually hoping that someone I respected could convince me that war made sense.  I've always wanted to believe government officials.  And I'm extremely unhappy that so often I can't.

        Eat 4 Today: Defeating Republicans through diet and exercise!

        by katiebird on Tue Jul 11, 2006 at 08:39:48 AM PDT

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        •  You seem to be ... (0+ / 0-)

          easily wounded.

          I was asking simple questions politely.

          •  I wasn't wounded. (0+ / 0-)

            I wasn't wounded.  Just because you have a nasty way of speaking doesn't mean I'm hurt by it.  I'm not at all impressed by people who talk down to others.  And I thought you might like to have some feedback on the issue.  

            I was tempted to let the issues you raised drop (I consider comments like "You expected them to act like Rush Limbaugh and ask biased and loaded questions?" to be conversation stoppers.) But I was interested enough in the topic to go ahead and respond.

            Eat 4 Today: Defeating Republicans through diet and exercise!

            by katiebird on Tue Jul 11, 2006 at 09:15:28 AM PDT

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      •  Well, either my standards rose or theirs sunk (0+ / 0-)

        First, NPR is undoubtedly the best domestic radio news available in my area. Some of the public radio stations down this way will run the BBC world service at night. Hands down, the Beeb wins over NPR for quality of news.

        I also think that the quality of NPR has noticibly dropped over the past five years or so. I've been listening to public radio since I was sixteen and in high school in the eighties. It could be that as I've aged, I've simply come to expect more from news.

        The radio news source I really miss is Pacifica Network News. The public radio station in my home town used to run their news program. No one within broadcasting distance of Cincinnati runs it anymore.

        •  yep, and NPR in the 1980s (0+ / 0-)

          looked pretty bad in comparison to their news programming from the 1970s. The Reaganites took a hatchet to NPR's budget around 1983, IIRC. They'd already been in decline for a few years, evidently because they feared the thunderings coming from the Republicans. Anyway, after 1983 they stopped doing much of the hard reporting they had built a reputation for.

          I went to live abroad for several years, and when I returned in 1990 I was appalled at how debased American "news", NPR in particular, had become. It got noticeably worse after Republicans captured Congress, and worse again after 9/11. So what is left of the shell?

          So you're in Cincinnati too?

          •  I'm a Dayton native (0+ / 0-)

            I grew up listening to WYSO out of Yellow Springs but I migrated down to Porkopolis in the late nineties when the Cincy job market was booming as Dayton's continued to stagnate. Friends tell me that WYSO has long since fallen from its place as one of the best radio stations in the country.

            So, now I live in Norwood. I can't get in the new Air America station that Clear Channel swapped out for WCKY. Being right next to Xavier, WVXU comes in quite clear, but who knows how long that will last now that XU sold the station to UC.

            And don't even get me started on the Enquirer.

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