NPR Watch (11-20-15)

Short one today. I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) on the way into work today(1), when I heard the following thing that showed just how biased they are, and just how little they even try to hide it.

It was NPR’s fake morning news program called “Morning Edition,” and the host, one Steve Inskeep was interviewing Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder.

During the interview, Inskeep said (roughly) the following:

As you know, Governor, some Republican candidates have been making some incendiary (emphasis added) remarks about immigrants, and indeed about all muslims.

The problem? Well, there are several. First: the word “incendiary ” is a heavily-freighted word. A word with value, useless to a “newscast,” that actually considers itself a newscast. Especially to a “newscast” that is trying to maintain the fiction of being a newscast. “Incendiary” is an opinion. Some may view what a candidate says as “incendiary,” while others view the very same utterances as common sense, and uncontroversial. If you want to tell the world that your program is not news, then you use words like “incendiary.”

Second: No Republican presidential candidate has even once said anything that could even remotely be construed as “incendiary” — no matter what possible interpretation of the word you use — about all muslims. Not one. Not once. Not ever.

Every single candidate in both parties has been falling over himself or herself to be sure to insist that he or she is not — ever — including all muslims in his or her remarks.

So, Steve Inskeep, and NPR, and their copy editors believe that it’s okay to put something that is obviously (1) opinion, and (2) false(2) on the air, and call it news.

Always remember, never forget: you always come out of an NPR “newscast” less informed than you go in.

— xPraetorius


(1) – Actually a neat little trick in the third world hellhole where I find myself currently trying to make the world safe for Democracy, but I manage to pull it off. Just FYI, I use the pat phrase “I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) on the way into work today…” as a device to introduce the feature. I’m pretty much always “on the way into work,” so it’s always, in a literary sense, kinda true.

(2) – Yes, an opinion can be “false.” the word incendiary is an opinion word, and, as stated in the paragraph, no possible interpretation of the word can be used to describe any statements any Republican presidential candidates have made about “all muslims.” If however, you’re uncomfortable with the word “false,” then we could use the more incendiary words like, “stupid,” “ridiculous,” “ludicrous,” “moronic,” “idiotic.” 🙂


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