— The NPR Big Lie: NPR hopes you’re too stupid to understand it —
In this post, here, we showed how National Public Radio (NPR) can say something true, that’s also a lie. How’s that you say?
Well, they do it all the time. For example, in some third-world hellhole, an earnest reporterette will come on the air and say something to the effect of, “People here think that blah, blah, blah, blah…”
First, she says it as if she has personally spoken with all the people in the area or the country. However, what really happens is the “Is-There-Anyone-Here-Who’s-Been-Raped-Who-Speaks-English?” phenomenon. In other words, the reporterette hunts and hunts and hunts for someone who (1) speaks English, and (2) has a story to tell that fits her preconceived notions.
The irony is that this phenomenon is well known around the world, so local people with an agenda will recruit others, who speak English, to feed the media the stories that fit their agendas.
The reporterette’s original assertion is almost certainly a true statement. But it’s also a lie, because the following is also true: “People here don’t think that blah, blah, blah, blah…” (1)
One area where NPR constantly lies in this way is on the topic of voter fraud. That’s this morning’s edition of The NPR Big Lie. On this morning’s fake news program, called “Morning Edition,” an earnest reporter came on and said the following, again on the topic of voter fraud: “There is no evidence of widespread voter registration fraud.”
This is a ticklish one, because anyone who stays even the tiniest bit abreast of current events knows that there are mountains of evidence of voter fraud, and specifically of “voter registration fraud.” In fact, the particular voter fraud(2) in question — voter registration fraud — has been done, and people are serving prison time right now for it.
So, with people actually in prison for voter registration fraud, NPR allows someone on their airwaves to say, “There is no evidence of widespread voter registration fraud.” How can that be?
Easy: one teentsy weentsy, itty bitty, little word: “widespread.”
Well now. Voter fraud doesn’t have to be “widespread” to be decisive. In fact, it needs to happen only in key precincts in maybe half-a-dozen or so states, in order to steal an election.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy needed only the votes of a few thousand dead people in Cook County, Illinois to throw that state, and the election, into his corner. Hardly “widespread” voter fraud, but certainly decisive voter fraud.
So, the exact wording of the correspondent’s report, it could be argued, and depending on your definition of the entirely subjective word, “widespread,” could actually be true. Though it could hardly be called a fact.
In other words, one can credibly make the point that the person who uttered the apparently nonsensical phrase, “There is no evidence of widespread voter registration fraud” believed it to be true when he said it. Therefore: the reporter who said it didn’t lie, even though what he said is risible to even the lightly informed person.
The following statement, however, is also true: “There is massive evidence of widespread voter registration fraud.” Since there is a component of the subjective — “widespread” — in both phrases, then both could be seen as not only true, but obviously true.
This is how it’s possible that the earnest little reporter didn’t lie in his feature, all while his network absolutely did lie.
It did so by airing his story and then not reporting the fact that there’s also a strong, highly credible current of thought, buttressed by loads and loads of published, readily available evidence, that completely refutes the premise of the reporter’s statement.
Is it possible that NPR — its anchors, correspondents and editors — are all too stupid to see or understand this?
Or, it’s more likely that they understand it perfectly well, and think you’re too stupid to understand it.
(1) What gets lost is: actual understanding; because all that counts on the topic of what people believe about something is in what proportions do they believe, or disbelieve, a thing. NPR never, ever includes that in their stories, unless it’s a statistic that supports some kind of leftist conclusion.
(2) There are many different types of voter fraud. Voter registration fraud is just one of them. Voting more than once — say, at college and at home — as many college kids did during the 2012 election, is another way. There’s also widespread vote buying, and more.