NPR Watch (11/13/15)

— You Can Hear This Tripe Only on NPR! —

On the way to work I was listening, as is my wont, to National Public Radio’s (NPR) fake morning news program, Morning Edition.

I almost drove off the road laughing. Only NPR can turn a movie review about the 33 Chilean miners being rescued from a mine collapse into a race/feminist whinefest.

We heard a little bit about the movie, called “The 33,” as NPR’s fake morning news program anchor Renée Montagne interviewed the movie’s director, one Patricia Riggen. (Pr.: “Regan”)

First a little bit of back story: Like many millions around the world, I was riveted as the drama of the mine collapse and the mostly successful rescue effort unfolded over long, excruciating weeks. So, I was intrigued at this piece when NPR announced it. They were going to talk about the mine disaster! Maybe this will be interesting!


It’s NPR, after all. They do a feature if and only if they can somehow pound the square peg of their feature idea into their twisty, turny, psychotic-amoeba-shaped hole of left-wing/racial/feminist narrative.

So, you guessed it. During this interview, we learned a whole lot about our courageous Mexican woman director, and how and why she made the movie (because no one’s making movies about Latin men, of course. Race angle: check.), and became a director. Well, you see, there weren’t any woman directors in Mexico when Riggen was growing up!

Why? Well, women were producers, said Riggen, not directors! “You know,” she said, “always producing for men?” (Feminist angle: check.) NPR Half-wit Montagne giggled all about that one, whatever it meant.

I guess we dudes have never produced anything for women in all these millennia.

So, Riggen became a producer too, but didn’t like it. When she was exposed to directing, well, then she found her calling, so she did it.

Wow! What trauma that all must have been! Having to be a producer because, you see, there just weren’t any woman directors around in Mexico.

Apparently it was no big deal to become a producer. Riggen never indicated that she faced any difficulties as a woman director. She simply went and did it.

We further learned that — I hope you’re sitting down? — there is the same percentage of woman directors in the United States as in Mexico!

“That,” director Riggen assured us radio listeners, “makes the U.S. look really bad.”

Whoa! the heck you say!

There’s the same percentage of woman dierctors in Mexico as in the US?!?

Nooooooooooooooooooooo…!!! The oppression! The agony! the soul-wrenching, deep-in-the-depths-of-all-our-being despair!!!

Hey…maybe that’s the answer to our immigration problem! All we have to do is tell all the illegal immigrants streaming across the Southern border that there’s the same percentage of woman movie directors in Mexico as in the United States! You see, that makes the US look really bad!

They’ll turn right back around and go home to those sunny uplands, those bucolic hills and dales, those fresh-breeze-kissed meadows in the land where there is the same percentage of woman directors as in the United States.

That’s most of what we learned about the movie “The 33 from NPR’s interview with the movie’s director.

— xPraetorius

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