NPR Watch (7/29/16) — Out of The Mouths of Babes Come: Lies and Propaganda


Bottom Line: That’s NPR. Looking you right in the eye, repeating a transparent lie that an interviewee says, calling it news, and expecting you to take it seriously, and get some kind of insight from it. Let’s face it, NPR thinks their listeners are idiots.

Out of the mouths of babes comes gems of innocent sweetness; out of the mouths of NPR, though, come nothing but lies and propaganda.


I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) on the way in to work this morning. They were covering the Whine-A-Palooza known as the Democrat National Convention of 2016. I was listening to their morning fake news program called “Morning Edition.”

A reporterette came on with an interview for a feature called something like, “To be Muslim and Politically Engaged in America Today.” Something like that. Needless to say, they found only a leftist muslim. Because Muslims are part of the Great American Grievance Industry. In no other country in the world do muslims have it easier and better than in America, and in no other country of the world do they whine more. Why? Because they can.

Anyway, the reporterette interviewed a young muslim woman who said that as she was preparing to leave to attend the convention, her six-year old daughter said to her, and I quote, “Mommy, go make sure Donald Trump doesn’t become President so people won’t hate us.”

Yeah. Okay. All six-year olds talk just like that!

The idiot interviewee was asking you and me to believe that (1) her six-year old daughter sits down regularly in front of the television each night and watches the news and analysis of the day. Then, (2) of course, the selfsame six-year old has (3) done her own analysis, and come to the conclusion that (4) if Donald Trump is elected, “people will hate us,” and finally that (5) we should somehow take seriously the analysis of a six-year old.

Bottom Line: That’s NPR. They look you right in the eye, repeat a transparent lie that an interviewee says, call it news, and expect you to take it seriously, and get some kind of insight from it. Let’s face it, NPR thinks their listeners are idiots.

First things first. Look, I’ve been the daddy of six-year olds… two of ’em. They’re now, and they always were, bright, observant, intelligent young people. And they were like that as six-year olds. I know six-year olds. No six-year old talks like that. Ever. You and I both know it.

So, the moron interviewee was lying to the moron interviewer, who was too much of a moron to push back and say, “Hey, wait a minute, no six-year old talks like that.”

Then, of course, in editing, no editor at NPR had sufficient intelligence to question the plainly implausible quote. In fact, even if the quote happened exactly as the interviewee said it did, then an editor at NPR should have had sufficient intelligence to say, “Sorry: even if this is true, it stinks to high heaven of hogwash, and we can’t put it in the broadcast.”

Now, let’s face it, there is no one at NPR with sufficient intelligence to raise the level of their broadcasts above the inane, the insipid, the vapid and the meaningless. And remember also, NPR is supposed to be: “where you go for the in-depth news and analysis!” So they say at NPR, anyway. Really, it’s where you turn, to get lied to, and to have those lies called “news.”

Now, there is a way for that six-year old to say that unlikely phrase: if her mommy said it to her several times, and she was simply repeating it. As six-year olds do.

If, for example, the six-year old’s mommy, the NPR interviewee, had said to her daughter something like, “Well, Sweetie, Mommy’s off to the Democratic National Convention to try to make sure that Donald Trump doesn’t become President, so people won’t hate us,” then the moppet might have said what she was alleged to have said. And, sorry to say, that doesn’t make the scenario remotely newsworthy. I also could get my six-year olds to parrot just about anything I wanted them to, whenever I wanted them to.(1)

The point: the quote from the six-year old was a lie. It was either a lie, because it never happened, or it was a lie because the poor tyke was fed propaganda, repeated it, and NPR then called it “news.”

Out of the mouths of babes comes gems of innocent sweetness; out of the mouths of NPR, though, come nothing but lies and propaganda.

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) There’s a funny story about that. Mario Cuomo was in my town to appear at an expensive fundraiser to help a local politician retire some campaign debt. I worked in the same building as the fundraiser, and my then very young daughter had accompanied me to the building to do some early evening extra work. As I carried my daughter through the halls where I worked, we came to a corridor that overlooked the fundraiser. Cuomo was at the podium giving a speech. I saw all the cameras and recognized the national newspeople and the local pols. At that point, I whispered to my daughter, “Say, ‘corrupt!'” At the top of her lungs, and just as Mario did a dramatic pause in his speech, my little daughter yelled, perfectly clearly, “Corrupt!” At that moment, hugely expensive cameras, and magnificently coiffed liberal heads, all swiveled upward to our third-floor perch, where my adorable, young daughter and I just waved.

Needless to say, my daughter’s trenchant observation concerning Mario Cuomo’s character didn’t make the national news coverage of the event.

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