Surprising Nobody

This blog has accepted as a truism that a functioning representative democracy needs institutions that The People can trust – law enforcement, the judiciary, and the news media – to keep all the other institutions accountable, and thus allowing the democracy to survive.

So in a sense the fact that National Public Radio is beginning to drop the pretense of “objectivity” might almost be seen as good news:

According to the new guidelines:

NPR editorial staff may express support for democratic, civic values that are core to NPR’s work, such as, but not limited to: the freedom and dignity of human beings, the rights of a free and independent press, the right to thrive in society without facing discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, or religion.

NPR’s public editor, Kelly McBride, explains that the guidelines allow journalists to participate in such causes as Black Lives Matter demonstrations or Pride parades, though they have to discuss specifics with their supervisors.

But not – one recalls when listening to Lulu Garcia Navarro plunking generous helpings of her point of view into her “Journalism” – the audience.

11 thoughts on “Surprising Nobody

  1. NPR’s take on Biden’s horrible poll numbers? (6-7 points lower in actuality than they say): Republicans have had a hard time finding an issue to hurt Biden with.

    Yup. Just another arm of the dhimmicrap pr machine.

  2. The left’s new buzzword, like it’s their new little toy, is: “misinformation”.

    It’s everywhere. Not censorship mind, oh hell no it’s just private companies cracking down on “misinformation”.

    As far as I’m concerned the word should never be without scare/sneer quotes.

  3. Remember what happened when the NFL decided to let players use NFL air time to make political statements?
    It didn’t take long before non-political players were pressured to “take the knee” as well.
    That’s what will happen here. “Hey, you just report on the arts, not politics. Why didn’t I see you at the BLM last week? Aren’t you on our side? You must be a racist, and I’m going to R and tell them I am not safe if I have to work with a racist.”
    It is the 20th recipe for enforcing totalitarianism.
    “Why didn’t you sign the petition to kick the Jews out of our college? Say, didn’t your brother marry a Jewish girl? You know what it looks like if you won’t sign the petition, don’t you?”

  4. I remember way, way back when Bill Kling wanted to bring enlightenment to the masses, to play classical music on KSJR so the rubes and hillbillies of Stearns County could be spiritually uplifted and their musical tastes refined.

    I don’t need Woke Radio. Shut up and play the damned Mozart.

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  6. “Why is the public subsidizing MPR and NPR?”

    “Don’t get your panties in a bundle, it’s not that much. Just a fraction of our budget.”

    “Okay then, let’s end the subsidies.”


  7. The term for people who get sucked into the delusions of Rolling Stone, NPR and MPR is “urban hick”.

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