NPR Watch (1/14/15)

A real eye-roller today.

Always, always, always remember: you come out of any session listening to National Public Radio “News” less informed than you went in. Unless, that is you deploy the appropriate defenses. Actually, the only real defense against their inanity is one: recognize that what you get is either (1) incomplete, or (2) heavily freighted with leftist cant, or (3) presented as “facts” when they are not, or (4) long discredited, or (5) wrong.

Today they did a typical one. Laila Fadel is an Arab-American reporterette who works for NPR in the Middle East. Today she did a real jaw-dropper. In the middle of something that was, I think, talking about reaction in the “muslim street” to the recent atrocities in Paris.

Fadel, doofus that she is, was trying to tell how the poor, sensitive muslims are feeling kind of picked-upon all the time. In that little bit of Fadel fluff that was her feature, she said something close to, “Remember, people here reacted to an offensive movie released in America by rioting in Tunisia, in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, and in Benghazi, Libya…”


How long has it been known now that “the offensive movie” — really just a 10-minute trailer for a movie, that as far as I know, was never released anywhere — had nothing to do with the riots in Tunisia, Cairo or Benghazi?

The riots transpired on September 11, 2011, and all analysts — even the leftist ones — had concluded that the video was perfectly irrelevant to the riots by two weeks afterward.

So, it’s been really well-known that what Fadel said was simply flat-out false for more than three years.

Much worse: what Fadel reported as “news” was nothing more than Democrat Party talking points meant to obscure the fact that their incompetence, bungling and cowardice had resulted in the deaths of four Americans at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya

That’s some real ground-breaking “reporting” there, NPR!

NPR needs a nice marketing slogan. Something like: NPR: bringing you long-discredited myths and propaganda in earnest, urgent tones so that the blatant falsehoods we present as news will seem more credible.”

Too wordy?

How about: “NPR: Listen to us, be less informed.”

— xPraetorius

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