It’ll be a short one today…
Listening to National Public Radio this morning on the way to work. I almost drove off the road from laughter when I heard what I heard.
Remember: if you take NPR as comedy, they’re tolerable to listen to. Otherwise, though, if you’re a thinking man, it’s purest anguish to listen to their tortured affectation, their sanctimonious just-look-how-good-we-are-ness, and their lame, lame, lame, LAME attempts at easy, breezy humor, and the constant — trying waaaaay too hard — efforts to show us that they’re sooooooooo much smarter, hipper, just all ’round cooler than you or I, but they’re also just like you and me, just plain folks.(1)
But, I digress…
So, what caused me nearly to run off the road, you say? Each morning they run a feature that focuses on the economics around the world. I forget what they call it — Planet Money, or some such — and the host is one David Brancaccio, their former host for the afternoon version of the same thing, “Marketplace.”
Today, the host mentioned that recently oil prices have been falling, and that the drop has been affecting BP’s (the former British Petroleum, now just “BP”) profits. He was interviewing someone or other who was going to pronounce on the topic, when Brancaccio uttered the following howler, in the form of a question to the interviewee: “Tell me again why the drop in prices would affect BP’s profits.”
Did I really just hear that from someone who’s supposed to be the host of a radio program on economics?!? I figured I might have been missing something when the interviewee showed that, no, I’d heard it all correctly. He said something to the effect of, “Well, when prices drop less money comes in, and profits go down.”
Guess that might just be what happens…
Good thing I was paying attention, or I might just be pulling myself out of that ditch at this very moment. After I’d stopped laughing, of course.
Remember: these so-called élite news people at NPR don’t know any more than you or I who simply pay attention to things; and they usually know a lot less. All style and no substance, they are by far the worst disseminators of “news” in the broadcast media. Last point: as we’ve said here before: you come out of an NPR “news” broadcast less informed than you went in.
NPR did a teaser about a feature to come in their afternoon show, focusing on Kansas where Republican Sam Brownback has been governor and is in a tough bid for re-election.
“Brownback,” intoned Melissa Block(2) “implemented a Republican’s dream program: tax cuts and cuts in spending. It should have, he said, led to an economic boom, but in reality the opposite happened.”
Now, let’s see. First, since National Public Radio has said that the opposite happened, there’s a good chance that exactly what was intended happened; or, some time is required before the actual benefits kick in; or as in 1981 and ’82 nationally, there needed to be bit of a downturn before the dramatic upturn; or what NPR describes as “failure,” any sane person would call “success.”
One thing is certain, though — there’s one whole heckuva lot more to the story than what NPR will tell you.
That’s Part 1 of Item 2.
Part 2 of Item 2 is: Can you imagine NPR reporting on a Democrat elected to the governorship of a state, with a friendly legislature and the ability to enact his agenda practically without opposition, and that agenda not achieving the stated intent? As has happened, oh, a zillion times before? Of course not. I mean, it’s not as if it’s difficult to find such stories. How’s California lookin’ these days? Illinois?
They’re lookin’ not so hot. See if you can guess what those two basket case states might have in common with Connecticut.
If, by some accident, NPR is reporting accurately about Kansas, then it’s the surprise of the story that’s newsworthy. Maybe that’s why they are covering it. Maybe it’s just that we expect dreary failure, misery, despair and poverty from Democrats, so it’s just no longer newsworthy. I’ll have to look into that.
Democrats always come to office promising jobs, jobs, jobs, and opportunity and prosperity and all-good-things. Then they enact the typical Democrat agenda which kills jobs, squashes opportunity and brings about all-bad-things. All while proclaiming what a great job they’re doing.
Case in point: Connecticut, my once-beloved home state, now an economic basket case, and we’re fixing to re-freakin’-elect the blithering idiot who has contributed mightily to making it the basket case it is.
See? A short one today.
(1) Yes, the excruciating run-on was intentional… it kind of reflects the rapid-fire realizations I have when I listen to these puffed-up clowns.
(2) Melissa Block: The hostette of the afternoon “news” show, the terribly misnamed “All Things Considered.” It should be: “A Very Limited Range of Things Considered And Even Those Only Very Superficially And From A Left-wing Perspective.” I guess that might be a bit long… “Block” is short for “Blockhead.”(3)
(3) Ok, I guess that was a cheap shot… making fun of someone’s name like that. At the same time, it was fun.