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It was indubitably heartening to learn recently that National Public Radio (NPR) had taken what passes for a bold journalistic stance these days by amending their Ethics Standards to assert, in essence, that they would report actual facts over the this-person-said/that-person-said tit for tat approach to reporting that dominates the sad state of American corporate journalism and personally makes me want to set my hair on fire eight to ten times a day.

Matt Thompson, Editorial Product Manager at NPR, even said that, "Our goal is not to please those whom we report on or to produce stories that create the appearance of balance, but to seek the truth."

Which makes Rick Pluta's Road To The White House Goes Through Michigan story that aired today on Morning Edition all the more disheartening and infuriating.

The story's news peg is Romney's whiplash-inducing assertion that he deserves credit for the success of President Obama's auto bailout. Yeeeeesch! The guy makes John Lovitz' Pathological Liar look like a lightweight.

From his introductory premise to the story's conclusion, Mr. Pluta presents a textbook case of false equivalence -- that either "side" has a shot at writing or rewriting history. Give a listen to hear a prime expample of the erosion of responsible journalism.

Dammit, dammit, dammit. Why in the name of all that is holy can't reporters get this straght?? There is a set of facts here that are true and a set of lies that another person has spewed. Stories like this just muddy the waters even more, furthering the liar's aim to confuse the issue.

Please contact NPR to let them know that this is NOT acceptable, especially in light of their laudable public embrace of truth over balance.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Down with False Equivalence! Truth over Balance!! Real Reporting, Please!!!

    by LarisaW on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:37:25 AM PDT

  •  OMG, his wife looks vaguely like Morgan Fairchild. (0+ / 0-)

    LOL....Morgan is a liberal if I remember right.

    Tommy the Liar is a PERFECT person for Romney. Oh shit I hope Lovitz gets asks to do him as a Romney foil!

    WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

    by IARXPHD on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:59:20 AM PDT

  •  contacted NPR (0+ / 0-)

    i wanted to give money to NPR during their spring fund-raising drive, but couldn't pull the trigger, partly due to getting angry over crap reporting from time to time.  Admittedly, that has gone down since their "new" standards were put in place.  This incident just serves to show that they haven't made as much progress as they would like for us to believe.

  •  Their new "standards" (4+ / 0-)

    are not being followed, and I don't support them until they do.

    And until they stop having Tony Perkins on.

    If altar boys could get pregnant, contraception would be a sacrament.

    by tiponeill on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:11:02 PM PDT

    •  You are so right! (0+ / 0-)

      And I am absolutely convinced that this "new standards" proclamation was just a platitude; if you'll recall, this statement came out during the annual spring fund-drive.

      Since the fund-drive ended, I've heard nothing to convince me that anything has changed; same ol' same ol. Including Cokie Roberts' drivel.

  •  Maybe they need time to get up to (0+ / 0-)

    speed on this. After all, they've been doing the false equivalency thing for so long now, it might actually hurt to report the facts and question fiction. Poor dears.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed May 09, 2012 at 03:23:20 PM PDT

  •  Unless you want gossip, celebrity dirt, political (0+ / 0-)

    hissy fits, lionization of the rich and powerful, and worthless tidbits of "human nterest" drivel, DON'T listen to ANY US media. The BBC, AlJezeera, Bangkok Times, any news source out of a non-dictatorship country will give you the REAL view of important and genuine news items from America. Their view of our politics is it's silly and time-wasting, so they don't lard up their newscasts with it like US media outlets do.
    Basically everybody in the US media feels self-important and that everybody needs to hear him/her, the ultimate ego trip. From Hannity to Olbermann, all of them do it for the personal glory of having their words spewed out into the media. Listening to NPR because you feel they must be "right" is no more valid than someone listening to Fox for the same reason.

    The people demand the fall of this regime ...

    by fourthcornerman on Sat May 12, 2012 at 12:06:19 AM PDT

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