All Government News, All The Time or Why I Hate NPR

Friday, October 14, 2005
I want well-produced news radio but I will never write a check to NPR or the local stations however, because it seems like all they ever talk about is Government. I wish I could. I love the jazz shows at night. And I would not mind if they spent maybe 10% of their time talking about issues relating to Government and from a more objective angle.

This article http://www.mises.org/story/1928 makes a point that has occurred to me several times in recent weeks. Marketplace is an anti-market program and it is ostensibly the least Government-focused of all their news programs.

Now the only question is, why do I keep listening? Probably because I do not yet have the iPod-ready beamer or satellite radio. Hmmm...

9 comments:

Knucklehead said...

Get the satelite radio, the iPod radio beamer thingie, and one of the ubiquitous 6-CD changer thingies. Peace will be upon you in two flicks of cat's (or parrot's) tail.

RogerA said...

I live in a little lakeside community halfway between Moses Lake and Othello WA--OK OK, its very near the end of world. But I do get NPR in both the classical music and news version--and while the reporters have adopted the snarky BBC tone, it is still an important source of news; of course, I also read the blogs to find out what is really going on, but NPR is still a resource--not a good one, but one that tells me what many of the so-called "elites" will be saying.

terrye said...

For years I listened to NPR every freaking day.

I listened while I milked the cows. Morning Edtion for morning milking and Evening Edition for evening milking. And of course weekend edition. Milking is a 7 day a week job after all.

After I stopped farming and got a real job I listened on my commute.

I stopped listening the day Baghdad fell. I had been tired of the incessant liberal gibberish for some time but old habits die hard.

However, the day the NPR reporter sounded more afraid of her country's military than she did her loyal Iraqi minder I decided, screw this.

Since then I listen to audio books.

After all if I am going to listen to fiction it might as well be entertaining.

RogerA said...

Terrye: look at the advantages of listening to NPR: you can get your stomach acid level up, which will make you go out and buy zantac, which will increase the power of pharmaceutical companies, which will crush the American people under their heel.

I mean: is that a good scenario or what--and DAMN--I would HATE to be a cow upon whose udder you were pulling when you listened to NPR--You could have been charged with animal abuse.

:D

Rick Ballard said...

Great, Roger, now I have this picture of a three teated cow mooing piteously while Nina Totenbergs voice grates on in the background. Where's my Zantac...

Knucklehead said...

Those poor cows. They went through life believing NPR made their teats raw. Of course, there was truth to it when they were hanging out chatting and said stuff like, "I hate that NPR. You just can't give them enough milk. The more you give the harder they pump. There's not enough milk in the world to satisfy those loons. They won't be happy till they wring somebody's teat off!"

RogerA said...

Clearly I have lowered the discourse here; but as an old government bureaucrat I have learned to delegat blame:

TERRYE brought up the cow milking thing--I am still waiting for Christine Aguilera---nahh , never mind.

Knucklehead said...

I am still waiting for Christine Aguilera

Never mind nuttin! When is she due to arrive and do you have you digital camera fully charged? You do realize you can attach photos I hope.

terrye said...

I will have you know those were some of the most cultured holsteins in Indiana.

I really think the human interest pieces [like for instance] the one armed ballerina tuba player increased their milk production.

Their production of something anyway.