This morning on National Public Radio’s fake news program, “Morning Edition,” host Steve Inskeep (shown above) was interviewing some Republican Congressman or other about “bump stocks,” gun accessories that make semi-automatic guns act like automatic weapons.
Inskeep abruptly changed the subject to ask the Rep. about what Inskeep implied was President Trump’s effort, in support of an agenda to get rid of Obamacare, to keep premiums high in Oklahoma, when there was a “bureaucratic way to reduce those premiums 30% for hundreds of thousands of Obamacare subscribers.”
Pretty bad, eh? If Trump was keeping premiums high for hundreds of thousands of patients when there was a chance to lower them? Lousy rotten Trump!
One might wonder where NPR was when Barack Obama stated outright his intent to raise energy prices to painful levels for tens of millions of Americans in order to support his political agenda. There was not a peep from NPR. I know. I listened.
Where was NPR when mayor Bloomberg in New York was proposing to tax sugary beverages in order to reduce their consumption, a political agenda?
Where was NPR when the government extorted cigarette companies out of billions of dollars in support of a political agenda? Where are they now, when a pack of cigarettes costs around $10, and something like $8 of that is taxes to support the political agenda of reducing smoking?
And so on.
Guess what, NPR: The government fiddles with the tax code and with how it doles out money — tax money — to states. And always in support of some political agenda or other.
The Republican Congressman missed an opportunity in the interview. I’d have loved it if he’d replied along the following lines:
Are you, at NPR, seriously asking me that question? Where were you when President Obama outright told tens of millions of American people to their faces that he was going to do all he could to raise their energy rates to painful levels? Obama even used the word “painful.” There wasn’t a peep out of NPR then. You guys aren’t serious news people; you’re nothing more than partisan hacks.
One can fantasize, can’t one? Presumably those interviews are pre-recorded, though — I mean he was speaking with a Republican! Can’t let that conversation happen unfiltered! — so, that beautiful reply never would have been aired.
Our headline implies that NPR knows that they’re being selectively outraged at the possibility that President Trump might try to keep Obamacare premiums artificially elevated in order to sink the horrible law. However, it might be simply that the people of NPR are just rock-brained stupid.