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2014-02-14 10:46:58 AM
Ever since the Kaiser Foundation became a sponsor of healthcare coverage on NPR, there has not been a single mention of "Obamacare" without inclusion of the message "Obamacare will fail unless they can get enough young, healthy suckers to sign up".
 
2014-02-14 10:47:36 AM

This is my shocked face. : I

Last week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.

She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.




Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.
 
2014-02-14 10:49:24 AM
I'm gonna burn my tote bag.
 
2014-02-14 10:49:44 AM
Considering the hostility some in Congress have towards the National Endowment for the Arts, do you really think PBS would survive under its control?
 
2014-02-14 10:52:10 AM

Maud Dib: This is my shocked face. : ILast week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.


Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.


Heard that... Didn't say a word about the bullshiat claim that his son was "automatically" enrolled in Medicaid without permission.


Still think NPR has a lot to offer in the way of news and culture, but, yeah, seems like they're going out of their way these days to treat these deranged fringe assholes "equally" without calling out their bullshiat.
 
2014-02-14 10:53:53 AM
When the Lawrence Welk generation died off and was replaced with "Train your Brain" snake oil salesmen.
 
2014-02-14 10:53:57 AM

Maud Dib: This is my shocked face. : ILast week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.


Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.


Yeah, the people at On the Media have actually argued that a journalist's job is just to report what people say, not if they're telling the truth and calling them out on lies.
 
2014-02-14 10:54:27 AM
David Koch wasn't your first clue?
 
2014-02-14 10:56:45 AM
livingliberally.org
 
2014-02-14 10:57:29 AM
Yeah if there is one thing that people so rich they have a butler to wash their cock after a piss need is ANOTHER wholly owned media outlet.
 
2014-02-14 10:58:32 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Yeah, the people at On the Media have actually argued that a journalist's job is just to report what people say, not if they're telling the truth and calling them out on lies.


That's a pretty pathetic state of affairs for the once-proud 4th estate. Maybe media markets nowadays are just too segmented, biased and unprofitable for professional journalists to ever have the kind of clout and gravitas they used to.
 
2014-02-14 11:00:30 AM
 
2014-02-14 11:00:40 AM

keylock71: Maud Dib: This is my shocked face. : ILast week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.


Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.

Heard that... Didn't say a word about the bullshiat claim that his son was "automatically" enrolled in Medicaid without permission.


Still think NPR has a lot to offer in the way of news and culture, but, yeah, seems like they're going out of their way these days to treat these deranged fringe assholes "equally" without calling out their bullshiat.


NPR = Nice, Polite Republicans
 
2014-02-14 11:04:01 AM
So what radio am I supposed to listen to if Both Sides Are Bad?
 
2014-02-14 11:05:17 AM
So this is why conservatives were trying to cut funding for public broadcasting.   They have some deep plotting evil intent.
 
2014-02-14 11:05:42 AM
Shoot. I've been hearing straight-up commercials on NPR these days. I don't mean the weird pseudo commercials they do, I mean like "when you think honesty, think Charles Schwab" bullcrap. I think my days of giving them money are over. I mean, I could give them more, but I can't hope to compete with the corporate dollars. They need their funding restored at the national level.
 
2014-02-14 11:05:56 AM

lilbjorn: Ever since the Kaiser Foundation became a sponsor of healthcare coverage on NPR, there has not been a single mention of "Obamacare" without inclusion of the message "Obamacare will fail unless they can get enough young, healthy suckers to sign up".


well...that IS true isn't it?
 
2014-02-14 11:09:46 AM
This is disheartening on several levels.  As a long time consumer of public media, to watch it turn into yet another corporate worshiping "news" outlet just breaks my heart.  As a public sector employee, the goal of the asshat mentioned in the article, and the odds of his success make me very scared.
 
2014-02-14 11:12:22 AM
I don't think many of you guys actually listen to NPR...
 
2014-02-14 11:27:33 AM
And this will continue to be the trend for a few more years until we revolt.
 
2014-02-14 11:31:58 AM
Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.
 
2014-02-14 11:35:59 AM
So America is now the first Plutocracy?.

This was known for quite a while.
 
2014-02-14 11:39:15 AM
I have a friend who worked in the captioning department at WGBH in Boston--you know, the other flagship station of PBS. The joke used to be WGBH stood for "What Good Benefits Here." I think she paid fifty bucks for the caesarean delivery of her kid. Back in the good ol' "starve PBS" Bush days she was laid off, rehired, slowly stripped her of her benefits and finally permanently fired. She was not in the union so  there was no protection there and they treated her very shabbily. When she left the department consisted of unionized techies and clueless administrators. If Obama had inherited a healthy economy he probably would have refunded public TV but it never happened and she was gone. I have no idea what's going on there now but I certainly don't make contributions anymore.
 
2014-02-14 11:44:39 AM

neongoats: Yeah if there is one thing that people so rich they have a butler to wash their cock after a piss need is ANOTHER wholly owned media outlet.


I know you didn't mean it, but really do need to control all of the media. Without it their way of life is over.
 
2014-02-14 11:47:21 AM
The weekly news quiz is now called "Wait, wait, tell me what to say, wealthy donor".
 
2014-02-14 11:49:28 AM

Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.


You're a better person than I.
 
2014-02-14 11:52:03 AM

Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.


Chances that libertarian has no idea how to do their own financial planning and will end up dependent on social security when they reach 65?  70%.
 
2014-02-14 11:53:11 AM

Bontesla: And this will continue to be the trend for a few more years until we revolt.


Which revolt will start under the reign term of President Cruz.
 
2014-02-14 11:55:17 AM
What gave it away? Nova is sponsored by none other than David Koch.
 
2014-02-14 11:59:14 AM

ikanreed: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

Chances that libertarian has no idea how to do their own financial planning and will end up dependent on social security when they reach 65?  70%.


Only 70%? You're being generous.
 
2014-02-14 11:59:25 AM

ikanreed: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

Chances that libertarian has no idea how to do their own financial planning and will end up dependent on social security when they reach 65? 70%.


That sounds like a good estimate. This same guy also lectured us all on how MSNBC is actually somehow "worse" than Fox because reasons, so yeah, not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But there's stupid, and then there's mean and stupid.
 
2014-02-14 12:01:13 PM

Maud Dib: This is my shocked face. : ILast week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.


Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.


NPR has seriously gone downhill the past year or two. Their Facebook articles went from pretty reasonable to clickbait in a matter of months. What started off as CBS has become the mouthpiece of government surveillance and more interested in soft journalism (let's talk about George Clooney! yay). Nothing surprises me in this day and age.
 
2014-02-14 12:02:10 PM

kpaxoid: Bontesla: And this will continue to be the trend for a few more years until we revolt.

Which revolt will start under the reign term of President Cruz.


The Revolt of Derpistan: 2016-2017.

It will be remembered for the next century as a cautionary tale before being swept under the historical carpet while we work on heading down that road again.
 
2014-02-14 12:02:18 PM

karmaceutical: I don't think many of you guys actually listen to NPR...


Pretty much every day... 40 minutes in the morning on the way into work and 40 minutes on the way home... Usually keep it on on the weekends while I'm farting around the house, too.

It's still a great source of news, culture and entertainment, and I still support the local station (WGBH Boston), but I have noticed a definite shift in their news coverage to appear more, um "fair and balance"... Personally, I always thought they were pretty good in that regard. It's certainly nothing like the cable news or broadcast news stations, at any rate.
 
2014-02-14 12:07:59 PM

Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.


The whole point of a pension is that it used to be a retirement plan. You sign on with an employer with the understanding that if you give them X years of your life, they'll give you $Y for retirement. People seem to have forgotten that and for some reason think a pension is just free money stolen from taxpayers and we should just be able to write it all off. You should have asked him why he thought it was okay for employers to renege on a contract signed in good faith. Not very free-market-ey of him.
 
2014-02-14 12:15:10 PM

xalres: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

The whole point of a pension is that it used to be a retirement plan. You sign on with an employer with the understanding that if you give them X years of your life, they'll give you $Y for retirement. People seem to have forgotten that and for some reason think a pension is just free money stolen from taxpayers and we should just be able to write it all off. You should have asked him why he thought it was okay for employers to renege on a contract signed in good faith. Not very free-market-ey of him.


Yeah, consistency (not to mention basic human decency) are not on this guy's list of strong points. I did say that offering a pension was a perfectly reasonable incentive. But the bottom line is that for these people it's all about their twisted sense of morality: the weak must be punished, and if you're the kind of person who'd even want a pension, you're weak.
 
2014-02-14 12:16:01 PM

keylock71: Maud Dib: This is my shocked face. : ILast week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.


Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.

Heard that... Didn't say a word about the bullshiat claim that his son was "automatically" enrolled in Medicaid without permission.


Still think NPR has a lot to offer in the way of news and culture, but, yeah, seems like they're going out of their way these days to treat these deranged fringe assholes "equally" without calling out their bullshiat.


NPR has been taking the politifact route for a long time now
 
2014-02-14 12:32:13 PM

Wooly Bully: xalres: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

The whole point of a pension is that it used to be a retirement plan. You sign on with an employer with the understanding that if you give them X years of your life, they'll give you $Y for retirement. People seem to have forgotten that and for some reason think a pension is just free money stolen from taxpayers and we should just be able to write it all off. You should have asked him why he thought it was okay for employers to renege on a contract signed in good faith. Not very free-market-ey of him.

Yeah, consistency (not to mention basic human decency) are not on this guy's list of strong points. I did say that offering a pension was a perfectly reasonable incentive. But the bottom line is that for these people it's all about their twisted sense of morality: the weak must be punished, and if you're the kind of person who'd even want a pension, you're weak.


It's weird how some people can completely compartmentalize their brains when it comes to perceiving the whole of reality. I know someone like this too. The '08 crash was tragic and a lot of people ended up out of work and unable to make ends meet through no fault of their own --  BUT -- the poor are that way because they're bad people incapable of making good decisions or taking responsibility for their own lives. It's maddening trying to have a discussion on these types of topics because you crisscross the borders of those compartments constantly and they don't even realize they're being inconsistent.

"Oh, fartbongo's an empty suit now? Just five seconds ago he was the greatest Machiavellian mastermind in history, orchestrating the downfall of 'murica. Oh, now he's a floundering buffoon in over his head? Perfect."
 
2014-02-14 12:41:14 PM

Bontesla: ikanreed: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

Chances that libertarian has no idea how to do their own financial planning and will end up dependent on social security when they reach 65?  70%.

Only 70%? You're being generous.


Yeah, right? Any truly principled libertarian would refuse to even collect social security.
 
2014-02-14 12:45:37 PM

xalres: t's weird how some people can completely compartmentalize their brains when it comes to perceiving the whole of reality. I know someone like this too.


It's funny, because these types usually frame their viewpoint as being more rational and objective, somehow above the irrational, hopelessly subjective thinking of "mere partisan" politics. But in fact they're driven purely by their own emotional need to feel superior to all of the fools and losers of the world, and having an internally consistent, defensible rationale has nothing to do with it.
 
2014-02-14 12:50:54 PM

keylock71: karmaceutical: I don't think many of you guys actually listen to NPR...

Pretty much every day... 40 minutes in the morning on the way into work and 40 minutes on the way home... Usually keep it on on the weekends while I'm farting around the house, too.

It's still a great source of news, culture and entertainment, and I still support the local station (WGBH Boston), but I have noticed a definite shift in their news coverage to appear more, um "fair and balance"... Personally, I always thought they were pretty good in that regard. It's certainly nothing like the cable news or broadcast news stations, at any rate.


I live in flyover, Tea Party-ing, solidly red Ohio.  The general belief is that NPR is for wild-eyed, angry, communist revolution-fomenting, pot-smoking hippies.   And it's true that you'll hear a lot more "world music" than you would on the heavily focus-grouped Clear Channel stations.

But I get the impression that NPR is catering to the slightly-right-of-center, middle-to-upper-middle-class, college educated demographic - the same folks who subscribe to The Atlantic Monthly and The Economist.  These are people who look favorably on capitalism, but consider themselves to be more cultured than their classmates who still wear a fraternity/sorority ring and are now stockbrokers, B-to-B salespeople, or soulless corporate MBA drones.  They not only know who David Brooks and Fareed Zakaria are, but also look to them for insights and buy into the same world view.

But back on topic: f*ck those Powdermilk Biscuit assholes and their insidious agenda.  And that goes double for the Ketchup Advisory Board.
 
2014-02-14 01:10:39 PM

Parthenogenetic: But back on topic: f*ck those Powdermilk Biscuit assholes and their insidious agenda. And that goes double for the Ketchup Advisory Board.


You don't want to get Guy Noir angry, bub... : )
 
2014-02-14 01:27:03 PM

Kuta: Bontesla: ikanreed: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

Chances that libertarian has no idea how to do their own financial planning and will end up dependent on social security when they reach 65?  70%.

Only 70%? You're being generous.

Yeah, right? Any truly principled libertarian would refuse to even collect social security.


Yes, because any principled libertarian should be glad to make voluntary monthly contributions to the federal government rather than collect the money themselves, right?

HINT: Principled libertarians should collect every last government benefit that they can find and legitimately qualify for.

It's you liberals who should be refusing to collect Social Security and Medicare, to help keep your favorite programs financially healthy.
 
2014-02-14 01:38:16 PM

Bontesla: Only 70%? You're being generous.


I can accept moderately high percentages without going to surreal extremes to prove my point.  I felt 70% was about right for that kind of mentality.  I can accept a world where  1/3rd of libertarians can manage their assets just fine.
 
2014-02-14 01:39:20 PM

rvesco: Kuta: Bontesla: ikanreed: Wooly Bully: Recently I heard some spoiled, entitled "libertarian" brat who's only known an easy life railing about how pensions should be abolished because if people can't manage to save enough to retire on it's their own damn fault.

Took every ounce of my self-control not to punch him in his fat smug face.

Chances that libertarian has no idea how to do their own financial planning and will end up dependent on social security when they reach 65?  70%.

Only 70%? You're being generous.

Yeah, right? Any truly principled libertarian would refuse to even collect social security.

Yes, because any principled libertarian should be glad to make voluntary monthly contributions to the federal government rather than collect the money themselves, right?

HINT: Principled libertarians should collect every last government benefit that they can find and legitimately qualify for.

It's you liberals who should be refusing to collect Social Security and Medicare, to help keep your favorite programs financially healthy.


Enjoy your handouts, parasite.

Yours truly,
Someone who doesn't actually think you're a parasite.
 
2014-02-14 01:41:29 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Maud Dib: This is my shocked face. : ILast week, Audie Cornish on All Things Considered had an interview with RAND PAUL.She basically threw him softball questions and failed to call him out on even the most blatant lies and bullcrap that he spouted.


Link

So yeah, the Fox-ification of NPR continues unabated.

Yeah, the people at On the Media have actually argued that a journalist's job is just to report what people say, not if they're telling the truth and calling them out on lies.


Source?
 
2014-02-14 01:52:51 PM

Parthenogenetic: keylock71: karmaceutical: I don't think many of you guys actually listen to NPR...

Pretty much every day... 40 minutes in the morning on the way into work and 40 minutes on the way home... Usually keep it on on the weekends while I'm farting around the house, too.

It's still a great source of news, culture and entertainment, and I still support the local station (WGBH Boston), but I have noticed a definite shift in their news coverage to appear more, um "fair and balance"... Personally, I always thought they were pretty good in that regard. It's certainly nothing like the cable news or broadcast news stations, at any rate.

I live in flyover, Tea Party-ing, solidly red Ohio.  The general belief is that NPR is for wild-eyed, angry, communist revolution-fomenting, pot-smoking hippies.   And it's true that you'll hear a lot more "world music" than you would on the heavily focus-grouped Clear Channel stations.

But I get the impression that NPR is catering to the slightly-right-of-center, middle-to-upper-middle-class, college educated demographic - the same folks who subscribe to The Atlantic Monthly and The Economist.  These are people who look favorably on capitalism, but consider themselves to be more cultured than their classmates who still wear a fraternity/sorority ring and are now stockbrokers, B-to-B salespeople, or soulless corporate MBA drones.  They not only know who David Brooks and Fareed Zakaria are, but also look to them for insights and buy into the same world view.

But back on topic: f*ck those Powdermilk Biscuit assholes and their insidious agenda.  And that goes double for the Ketchup Advisory Board.


Well it isn't like Congress threatened to yank whatever federal funding they get because they weren't "fair and balanced" enough.  Might there be a correlation?  Who knows...
 
2014-02-14 02:29:57 PM
Salon sounds concerned, very concerned.

It's too bad there aren't many other voices out there and the barrier to entry for journalism is so high.
 
2014-02-14 02:51:15 PM
it didn't.

the Plutocratic Broadcasting Service is FOX News. and rush loudmouth.
 
2014-02-14 02:53:18 PM

karmaceutical: So what radio am I supposed to listen to if Both Sides Are Bad?


Internet 'Radio'.

its the only Democratic means of communication............until the FCC gets its ass plowed and Verizon, Cumcast, et al, get their way and begin the process of controlling the Internet.

then its game over.
 
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