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2013-07-22 02:46:03 PM
What the data shows is that there were far more stories from Washington, almost all about national politics and policy, than from anywhere else.

So you're telling me that a radio station that mainly covers national politics features a lot of stories from Washington, D.C?
 
2013-07-22 02:51:15 PM
Here's a question: What states donate the most money to NPR? Is it Missouri?
 
2013-07-22 02:52:02 PM
Generally, however, as , who oversees the bureaus outside Washington and pushes to get their stories on-air, said upon seeing the study: "If you look at the map, our stories tend to match where the people are."

..and you're telling me that proceedings from Township Council meetings about expanding Thursday thunderbucket pick-up in Sh*tshack, Idaho aren't of national interest?
 
2013-07-22 02:52:19 PM

sigdiamond2000: What the data shows is that there were far more stories from Washington, almost all about national politics and policy, than from anywhere else.

So you're telling me that a radio station that mainly covers national politics features a lot of stories from Washington, D.C?


The 'N' in 'NPR' means guNs
 
2013-07-22 02:53:58 PM
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2013-07-22 02:56:10 PM

sigdiamond2000: What the data shows is that there were far more stories from Washington, almost all about national politics and policy, than from anywhere else.

So you're telling me that a radio station that mainly covers national politics features a lot of stories from Washington, D.C?


No, no, no. He's saying that there aren't a lot of stories on NPR out of North Dakota, because bias.

/It has nothing to do with the fact that fark-all happens in ND
 
2013-07-22 02:57:07 PM
. . . and vice-versa.  Why would anyone in East Bugfart, OK listen to a program like "Fresh Air" when it's on up against Rush's show?
 
2013-07-22 03:00:19 PM
FTFA: And so I decided to wade into the data weeds to see just how true the complaint might be. What follows is a six-year breakdown of NPR's coverage by state. I slice and dice by ranking the number of stories on a per capita basis and against the location of NPR's 20 national bureaus and offices.

Every NPR station or state network (like Iowa Public Radio) produces its own local news for people in the state. So people who listen to public radio tend to get their national and international news from NPR, APM and the BBC, while getting their local news produced locally without sensationalistic bullshiat. Its plays to the strengths of each on a shoestring budget, really. Plus, public radio stations have really jumped on the HD multicasting bandwagon so they can do news/info and music on the same frequency.
 
2013-07-22 03:03:50 PM
They grab the state interests stories from their affiliates, a state with a strong public radio affiliate like Minnesota will produce more content that is quality then a state that is underfunded. And of course DC is going to dominate political stories, NYC arts and theater, and California movies, TV, and music. Stories take place where people are. I would love to see the funding per capita of those stations added to the table
 
2013-07-22 03:04:10 PM

Cyberluddite: Why would anyone in East Bugfart, OK listen to a program like "Fresh Air" when it's on up against Rush's show?


Because all the libturd ivory tower professors at East Bugfart State University are?
 
2013-07-22 03:10:07 PM

zedster: Stories take place where people are. I would love to see the funding per capita of those stations added to the table


NPR and its affiliates are working very hard to attract a younger demographic that will stay and fund them through life. I get a lot of my favorite music from public radio exposure. Uncle Tupelo, Sigur Ros, King Django's Roots and Culture and a ton of others---I first heard them on NPR.
 
2013-07-22 03:11:51 PM

Somacandra: Cyberluddite: Why would anyone in East Bugfart, OK listen to a program like "Fresh Air" when it's on up against Rush's show?

Because all the libturd ivory tower professors at East Bugfart State University are?


Yes, I'm aware that every state has at least one, and usually several, NPR affiliates.  Are you really suggesting that people in "red" states or in rural areas actually listen to (and contribute money to) those stations at the same level as in an urban "blue" states?
 
2013-07-22 03:12:27 PM
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2013-07-22 03:21:07 PM
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2013-07-22 03:28:26 PM

Cyberluddite: Somacandra: Cyberluddite: Why would anyone in East Bugfart, OK listen to a program like "Fresh Air" when it's on up against Rush's show?

Because all the libturd ivory tower professors at East Bugfart State University are?

Yes, I'm aware that every state has at least one, and usually several, NPR affiliates.  Are you really suggesting that people in "red" states or in rural areas actually listen to (and contribute money to) those stations at the same level as in an urban "blue" states?


As someone who (as part of his job) processes gifts to a rural NPR station, I'd say yes, plenty of people give to our station. I can't compare to a large urban station as I've never worked at one, but lots of repubs do support NPR (unless it's just the democrats in the area... that is certainly a possibility).
 
2013-07-22 03:29:02 PM

Somacandra: sensationalistic bullshiat.


I am fulfilled by clicking on this example you've chosen.
 
2013-07-22 03:29:14 PM
NPR discovers that NPR is biased against red states


/there's a perfectly good reason for this-
 
2013-07-22 03:42:00 PM

Somacandra: zedster: Stories take place where people are. I would love to see the funding per capita of those stations added to the table

NPR and its affiliates are working very hard to attract a younger demographic that will stay and fund them through life. I get a lot of my favorite music from public radio exposure. Uncle Tupelo, Sigur Ros, King Django's Roots and Culture and a ton of others---I first heard them on NPR.


Sound Opinions is my largest source of new music, great show. I find the stuff from Radio Milwaukee and the Current out of Minnesota is also quality for finding new stuff.

If you want a younger take on NPR Saturday programing Wits out of Minnesota is awesome plus features some of the guys from MST3K! Link. If you have not heard his stuff the episode with Jason Isbell is awesome Link
 
2013-07-22 04:17:33 PM
Good.
 
2013-07-22 04:18:12 PM
NPR is pro-Empire.
 
2013-07-22 04:19:21 PM
Well that's because reality has a well-known liberalbias.
 
2013-07-22 04:20:08 PM
Texas sticks out like a sore thumb.

well, yeah.
Beers, steers, n queers.
 
2013-07-22 04:21:02 PM
I wonder what percent of the California stories are related to the entertainment industry.
 
2013-07-22 04:21:07 PM

Bung_Howdy: NPR discovers that NPR is biased against red states


/there's a perfectly good reason for this-


Yeah, NPR is a bunch of bedwetting liberals who couldn't survive a week outside of the city
 
2013-07-22 04:23:36 PM
I demand more stories from Delaware.
 
2013-07-22 04:23:49 PM

zedster: They grab the state interests stories from their affiliates, a state with a strong public radio affiliate like Minnesota will produce more content that is quality then a state that is underfunded. And of course DC is going to dominate political stories, NYC arts and theater, and California movies, TV, and music. Stories take place where people are. I would love to see the funding per capita of those stations added to the table


And ironically, the NPR funding that the GOP keep trying to cut is mostly for helping smaller stations increase the amount of local reporting they do.
 
2013-07-22 04:24:49 PM
In all fairness, when was the last time *ANYTHING* of interest happened in Minnesota?
 
2013-07-22 04:25:36 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Bung_Howdy: NPR discovers that NPR is biased against red states


/there's a perfectly good reason for this-

Yeah, NPR is a bunch of bedwetting liberals who couldn't survive a week outside of the city


Why would anyone want to "survive" outside the city...?
 
2013-07-22 04:25:44 PM

thornhill: zedster: They grab the state interests stories from their affiliates, a state with a strong public radio affiliate like Minnesota will produce more content that is quality then a state that is underfunded. And of course DC is going to dominate political stories, NYC arts and theater, and California movies, TV, and music. Stories take place where people are. I would love to see the funding per capita of those stations added to the table

And ironically hypocritically, the NPR funding that the GOP keep trying to cut is mostly for helping smaller stations increase the amount of local reporting they do.


then again NPR viewers are the most accurately informed of any mass media listeners/viewers. GOP doesn't seem to like people with the real facts
 
2013-07-22 04:26:33 PM
The top-10 rates of stories per 100,000 people:

DC, 34.57
Alaska, 6.48
NH, 3.72
Louisiana, 3.33
Vermont, 2.88
Iowa, 2.36
Wyoming, 2.13
WV, 2.05
Montana, 1.72
SD, 1,72


Other than DC, the only East or West Coast entries on that list are the two that have early presidential primaries (WV is Appalachia and Alaska is Alaska). Hardly an overwhelming bias. As for revolting NPR: if geography determines bias then why is a Midwest bias preferable?
 
2013-07-22 04:26:46 PM
Maybe the "red states" are full of idiots who do nothing but yap about Muslims, homos, feminazis and liberals. They contribute nothing else, therefore, they are not newsworthy. We don't need NPR to tell us that these people hate everybody who isn't like them. We got the memo.
 
2013-07-22 04:27:26 PM
Well, red states are typically rural, with the exception of Texas and maybe Florida.  National politics tends to happen around urban areas, not so much because rural areas aren't important as because they're very stable, so when urban areas have issues it tends to snowball into something of great urgency very quickly, while the same thing in a rural area is often only barely an issue at all.

//I point out the Texas/FL exception because, well, they're featured on NPR all the time.
//It would also be valid to come at the correlation from the other end, and point out that you don't hear fark-all about the rural counties or CA or NY either.
 
2013-07-22 04:28:32 PM
Well, considering truths and facts backed by the scientific method also have a bias against red states, I'd say that's good company to be in.
 
2013-07-22 04:28:42 PM
I got enough liberal crap shoved down my throat in college to last me a lifetime, thanks.
 
2013-07-22 04:28:46 PM
"Our editorial ambition is to look and sound like America..."

Please, please don't do that. I need at least one place where I can pretend that the average American isn't a terrible dissapointment.
 
2013-07-22 04:29:04 PM

RedTank: Smeggy Smurf: Bung_Howdy: NPR discovers that NPR is biased against red states


/there's a perfectly good reason for this-

Yeah, NPR is a bunch of bedwetting liberals who couldn't survive a week outside of the city

Why would anyone want to "survive" outside the city...?


Because, apparently, you can only be a Real American™ if you live in the middle of nowhere.
 
2013-07-22 04:29:17 PM
To be fair, she was really hot.
 
2013-07-22 04:29:20 PM
Smeggy Smurf:
Yeah, NPR is a bunch of bedwetting liberals who couldn't survive a week outside of the city

In all fairness, pretty much nobody reading this thread could survive a week on their own without the support of modern civilization.  Most farkers would just up and die when they realized the beer was gone.
 
2013-07-22 04:29:31 PM
I have been a solid listener to NPR for forty years and I have found that other than Click and Clack and the Celtic Hour, NPR is like NASCAR. They tend to go left.
 
2013-07-22 04:29:36 PM

Edymnion: In all fairness, when was the last time *ANYTHING* of interest happened in Minnesota?


Fred Smoot, Bryant McKinnie, Daunte Culpepper, and Moe Williams rented this boat, see...
 
2013-07-22 04:29:52 PM
"Our editorial ambition is to look and sound like America"

America is about 50% intolerant (bigot, racist, etc.), and 75% idiot, and that's being very kind.  Why yes, they do overlap...but the point is, why would anyone want to look and sound like America?
 
2013-07-22 04:30:02 PM
So, NPR, let's see story breakdown by race, gender, religion, handedness,  etc. etc. etc. Where else is there a statistical bias? Sure, I think NPR has some built-in bias, but so does every news agency on the planet. Could they do better? Oh Hells Yes. Largely, they do a pretty good job, in their aging baby-boomer grandparently demographic way, (mind you, their religion coverage can only be described as 'laughable') but I'll stack them above ABC, MSNBC, Fox or CNN.
 
2013-07-22 04:31:15 PM

Molavian: I got enough liberal crap shoved down my throat in college to last me a lifetime, thanks.


What kind of liberal crap?
 
2013-07-22 04:31:15 PM

Molavian: I got enough liberal crap shoved down my throat in college to last me a lifetime, thanks.


Listen to 1 hour a day of NPR for a week and see if you still feel that way.  I'm dead serious.  If you've listened to more than 20 minutes in your life I'd be shocked, because no one who has would claim it was a liberal conspiracy.
 
2013-07-22 04:31:37 PM
Considering that Louisiana, a notoriously red state, is fifth most likely to be mentioned based on population size, I'd say this is a load of crap. WWNO produces a lot of content for NPR that is played nationally. I'm sure this is the case with other states.
 
2013-07-22 04:32:13 PM
Well, in NPR's defense, most of its listeners are generally intelligent, while most people who live in red states are knuckle-draggingly dense. Oh, a few have respectable jobs, but when they go home at night, Fox News appears on their TVs.
 
2013-07-22 04:32:50 PM

RedTank: Molavian: I got enough liberal crap shoved down my throat in college to last me a lifetime, thanks.

What kind of liberal crap?


That part about integration. Who knew calculus was against segregation?
 
2013-07-22 04:34:25 PM

Molavian: I got enough liberal crap shoved down my throat in college to last me a lifetime, thanks.


Indeed. Sh*t is still coming out of your mouth at regular intervals.
 
2013-07-22 04:36:03 PM

bigpete53: Considering that Louisiana, a notoriously red state, is fifth most likely to be mentioned based on population size, I'd say this is a load of crap


2006-2011:
BP oil spill, hurricane Katrina aftermath, the rebuilding process of New Orleans... I'd say there was a damn good reason for a lot of coverage of Louisiana.
 
2013-07-22 04:36:51 PM

Molavian: I got enough liberal crap shoved down my throat in college to last me a lifetime, thanks.


Newsflash: just because your college doesn't support the KKK doesn't mean it's shoving liberal crap down your throat.
 
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