Bottom Line: That leads me to my next question: Of the two participants in the silly little fake news charade — NPR and the interviewees — which one is the stupider? The ones who work hard to provide a roof over the heads of their families and food on their table in the deeply degraded America that former (thank God!) President Obama imposed on them? Or NPR, who says they’re seeking deep political wisdom, and then talks to working stiffs in a bar? And then … airs the vacuous nonsense as if it weren’t a complete waste of time?
It’s funny that National Public Radio has the reputation for being deep, for being professional, erudite and the class of the “news” media.
In reality, though, they’re generally dumb as stumps.
Today’s edition of the “news”(1) on NPR — it was their evening fake news program nonsensically called “All Things Considered” — brought us the spectacle of Audie “Eeyore” Cornish(2) interviewing regular Americans in Wisconsin. That state, you see, went for Trump this go-round, and not as expected, for that pants-suited paladin of pie-eyed “progressivism,” Hillary.
The interview took place two weeks or so ago, but aired tonight. I know this because someone let slip that “Trump has been in office for two weeks.” In this interview, Cornish grabbed some woman who called herself a “Trump Democrat.”
Cornish got the woman to say that she’d voted for Trump, but that now she was worried that she might come to regret her vote. Why? Well, you see, Trump had promised to do all these things for people like her. And, said she, pausing dramatically, “Well he hasn’t really done anything now [pause again] has he?”
The woman’s vocal tone indicated that she was pretty sure she’d just delivered herself of some real Surpassing Wisdom, and she expected you just to bathe in the aura of her clear-eyed perspicacity.
My question — well I have several, really: Just how much of a moron is this woman?
Trump had, at the time of the interview, been in office for … ABOUT FOURTEEN FLARGIN’ DAYS!
Yep. Trump had been President for around two weeks, and this woman was wondering where all her goodies were.
Cornish went from moron lady to a man who was every bit as much of a moron as the woman! What he said was as dumb and meaningless as it was unmemorable, and I duly forgot it.
Okay, okay, okay… the two regular citizens are not dumb. They’re just not all that interested in politics, and their apathy shows in the completely superficial, meaningless answers they gave to the questions that Eeyore Cornish posed to them.
NPR went out into the countryside to talk with ordinary Americans, who gave infantile, uninformed answers to some questions that, normally, could elicit 30-45 minutes of intense response from someone who’s informed about current events. They were questions like: “You voted for Trump. How do you feel about that vote now?” A pedestrian, typical NPR question, lacking depth, but as unobjectionable as it is meaningless. After all: the President had been in office for two weeks! What possible answer could anyone give that wouldn’t be completely overthrown nearly immediately by the events of the next two weeks?
Now, if NPR were to ask me that question … then hand me the mic … they wouldn’t get it back for at least an hour. And they’d have enough content for two weeks worth of shows.
But they didn’t ask me, and they won’t; they asked two political neophytes in Wisconsin at a bar they found somewhere.
That leads me to my next question: Of the two participants in the silly little fake news charade — NPR and the interviewees — which is/are the stupider? The ones who work hard to provide a roof over the heads of their families and food on their table in the deeply degraded America that former (thank God!) President Obama imposed on them? Or NPR, who constantly implies they’re seeking deep political wisdom, and then wanders around talking with working stiffs in a bar? And then … airs the vacuous nonsense as if it weren’t an embarrassing waste of time?
(1) We’ve been making the point for a very long time that NPR’s product, on their so-called “news” programs has nothing whatsoever to do with actual news, but is fake news, and often little more than transparent propaganda.
(2) Here’s what we said about Audie Cornish all the way back in 2014:
Simple: she is Eeyore turned newscaster!!! If you were to turn Eeyore into a newscaster and put him on NPR, he’d be Audie Cornish… the perfect successor to Noah Adams, the original personality-deprived, affect-less, dull — Eeyore! of NPR.