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Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:02 PM

Even though I've lost all faith in NPR...

.... I have a long commute to work and still listen most weekdays.

Today, for the first time on Morning Edition, I heard them discuss the TPP. Guess what their focus was? Not on the substance of the trade agreement, which is somewhat secret and definitely not in the interest of most Americans. No, it was about wildlife poaching and how the TPP could curtail it.

Never mind that the leverage they claim the TPP would offer is dubious at best, they have never bothered to even talk about the substance of the proposed TPP before, and its ramifications to the average American.

It is astounding how low NPR has fallen. They are useless, Fox News with a supposed liberal bias.

Please do not waste your money supporting them, clearly they are getting quite enough from the corporate world.

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Reply Even though I've lost all faith in NPR... (Original post)
sendero Jan 2015 OP
Sopkoviak Jan 2015 #1
merrily Jan 2015 #8
arcane1 Jan 2015 #2
2naSalit Jan 2015 #4
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2015 #3
2naSalit Jan 2015 #5
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2015 #27
freshwest Jan 2015 #25
a kennedy Jan 2015 #6
world wide wally Jan 2015 #7
merrily Jan 2015 #9
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2015 #12
ND-Dem Jan 2015 #10
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2015 #13
Smarmie Doofus Jan 2015 #11
Faryn Balyncd Jan 2015 #14
newthinking Jan 2015 #16
merrily Jan 2015 #19
zentrum Jan 2015 #15
sendero Jan 2015 #26
zentrum Jan 2015 #30
sendero Jan 2015 #31
zentrum Jan 2015 #33
Orrex Jan 2015 #17
bvf Jan 2015 #20
Buenaventura Jan 2015 #18
SheilaT Jan 2015 #21
Corruption Inc Jan 2015 #22
sakabatou Jan 2015 #23
a kennedy Jan 2015 #28
nikto Jan 2015 #24
corkhead Jan 2015 #29
Strelnikov_ Jan 2015 #35
Art_from_Ark Jan 2015 #32
lumberjack_jeff Jan 2015 #34

Response to sendero (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:10 PM

1. So Obama is going after the rhino horn and elephant tusk trade?

 

Good enough for me then.

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Response to Sopkoviak (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:01 AM

8. Sure.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:14 PM

2. Did they get into detail about how the TPP would reduce poaching? My inner cynic is guessing...

 

They'll just make poaching legal. Then, if we were to, say, outlaw ivory sales in the U.S., we could get sued by the poachers.

But it would curtail poaching!

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:19 PM

4. That's exactly what I was thinking

when I herd that crock of poo this morning. I have come to the conclusion, a couple years ago, that they have become a propaganda tool.

Wish I had access to other news on the radio in the morning. I only get one radio station and the NPR station from mormon university is all I get. If you think the national news is bad, you should hear the local/regional news in this area... as told by mormons... it could make your ears turn into clumps of salt.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:16 PM

3. I realize this is completely unrelated to your OP; but, ...

 

a funny thing happened today (and has happened several time over the last couple of months) ... four times today, I went web-surfing while waiting for someone to complete their portion of a project, so I could continue with my part ... I was, also, listening to NPR. Each time I clicked to open an article, NPR did a segment on that particular topic!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:21 PM

5. Cue the Twilight Zone misic!!!

It's enough to make you think they're monitoring you!

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 08:10 AM

27. That's what I was thinking ...

 

briefly.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 06:58 AM

25. The Universe Hears You And Is Speaking To You... Muahaha!

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:22 PM

6. And this is only because they think there is more "conservative" money for them

To tap into. DESPISE NPR.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 11:32 PM

7. Suggestion: If you're going to spend money to listen to the radio, satellite is 99% more

satisfying than RW NPR.
Trust me on this one and look into it.

FYI : When you count the time that NPR spends on pledge drives, they Ctually have more advertising minutes in a year than commercial radio.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:06 AM

9. Raising big money from big donors, as opposed to ads, keeps them independent.

Well, not so independent from the big donors, of course.

But it seems to make a lot of sense when you hear it.

Unless you think about it.

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Response to merrily (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:50 AM

12. heh..

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:06 AM

10. That's really machiavellian. NPR's audience is kinda upscale, kinda green -- what better way

 

to introduce TPP to the clueless among their listeners?

Targeted presentation to sell TPP

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:51 AM

13. ^ n/t

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:14 AM

11. They lost me a long time ago w. their Gates-funded education commercials....

 

.... dressed up as legit reportage.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:54 AM

14. They are much more dangerous than Fox. RW propaganda from a phony "liberal" source is more




dangerous than from a source everyone knows is crap.








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Response to Faryn Balyncd (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:57 AM

16. This ^

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Response to Faryn Balyncd (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 01:20 AM

19. Anything RW from any supposedly liberal source is very dangerous.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:56 AM

15. The thing is they have local

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….affiliates that do do progressive shows. By progressive, I mean pro-labor, or shows exposing the racist reality in many police shootings. They carry Bill Moyer's radio show and Robert Scheer and Harry Shearer. I give to the best local station—not the mother ship. It's a tough call.

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Response to zentrum (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 07:50 AM

26. Not..

.... in Dallas they don't.

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Response to sendero (Reply #26)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 07:46 PM

30. Call 'em up.

Tell them you want Moyers. Not that that's enough to be an NPR member but at least give them a hard time.

Prairie Home Companion, if you can take the music, sneaks in progressive values too and mocks Republicans. Dallas is really scary if too right wing for Garrison Keillor.

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Response to zentrum (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 10:10 PM

31. I've long since given up.....

.... being a member, by 2002 it was obvious they were just another MSM lie factory.

I really don't give a shit about public radio any more, they are not interested in what their listeners want or they would have found a way to remain listener-supported instead of selling out.

While I'm here let me admit that I love Fresh Air, This American Life, Car Talk and sometimes Radio Lab. What I don't love is their news organization that has become the master of lying by omission.

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Response to sendero (Reply #31)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:03 PM

33. Same here.

I pretty much turn it off when the news comes on---which is their most important programming. Their mission really.

But I have a guilty conscience because of all those other programs. Besides the ones you mention, there's Moyer's and Company, Le Show, Whad'ya Know, Says Who?, Ted Talks Radio, The Moth Radio Hour, Selected Shorts, LA Theater Works, Bullseye, Snap Judgement, Invisibilia, Reveal, BBC's World Have Your Say, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, To the Best of Our Knowledge.

That's a lot of guilt. But they did cheerlead up to the Iraq war and I can't send money to an outfit that won't do real journalism and on top of it gives cover to the Republican mind set.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 01:05 AM

17. Fresh Air and This American Life are just about all I can stand anymore

On Being is often interesting, and they have a few shows that seem to jump around the schedule.

Otherwise I put NPR on simply so that my commute isn't silent.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 01:42 AM

20. To think I used to give them

 

kudos for including P.J. O'Rourke in their game show stable.

No more.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 01:12 AM

18. I had similar thoughts as I listened

to the same program this morning. I was disgusted. What else to listen to? I guess I’ll just sing in the shower.

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 02:00 AM

21. If you have a long commute, I'm going to suggest

 

listening to books on tape or CD. If you can afford it, The Learning Company has absolutely amazing things to listen to. Otherwise, your local library should be a good source.

Oh, and if there's a chance you have a community radio station in your area, you might want to see if you can listen to Amy Goodman, or the BBC, or any other such shows.

Good luck. I know that when you have a long commute you'd like to somehow make the time spent worthwhile.

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Thu Jan 29, 2015, 02:05 AM

23. I only listen to Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 08:41 AM

28. and reruns of Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers.....

Still love these guys. http://www.cartalk.com/

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 02:07 AM

24. The Corporate RW have taken over at least partial control, or more, of NPR

 

As they always planned to do.

Another American corporate success story, just like Public Education "reform".

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 11:55 AM

29. Former long time listener myself. One good thing they have done is to singlehandedly germinate the

fledgling podcast industry. Instead of NPR in the morning I listen to a repeat of Thom Hartman streamed from a nashville station (without commercials btw), then it is on to The Majority Report with Sam Seder, and Citizen Radio podcasts. Still listen to TAL podcasts though.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:12 PM

35. Great post!!!!! n/t

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 10:15 PM

32. NPR lost me in the '90s somewhere

I think it was a combination of their increasingly right-wing slant, Cokie Roberts, and that awful music they'd play between segments

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Response to sendero (Original post)

Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:12 PM

34. Greenwashed corporatism.

 

NPR show's how it's done.

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