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Column: NPR at 50 Years — Nonetheless a Liberal Sandbox

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Nationwide Public Radio is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this week in a basic means: asking their followers for cash. A fundraising e-mail gushes “From overlaying the Vietnam Battle in 1971 to the COVID-19 vaccination effort at the moment, and every part in between, NPR has delivered fact-based information and reliable evaluation to hundreds of thousands.”

A few of that “fact-based information” included “founding mom” Nina Totenberg’s makes an attempt to wreck Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Courtroom nomination (profitable) after which Clarence Thomas’s nomination (unsuccessful). Years later, she did a syrupy sister act with feminist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, internet hosting RBG celebrations at awards exhibits and movie festivals.

NPR dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop computer earlier than the election as a “pure distraction” after which had so as to add a correction to a January puff piece on Hunter that insisted the laptop computer story was “discredited by U.S. intelligence and unbiased investigations by information organizations.”

In the event you’re a conservative, you see NPR as a sandbox for liberals, and object to your tax {dollars} going for that propaganda. In the event you’re a liberal, you adore it dearly and battle any try to chop its federal funding.

On Could 2, the CBS present Sunday Morning shamelessly aired an eight-minute industrial promoting NPR’s view of itself. Each single particular person interviewed on digital camera was a present or former NPR worker. On the finish, host Jane Pauley oozed “ By the best way, the producer of this report, Sunday Morning‘s Jay Kernis, was himself a pioneering NPR staffer.”

The “reporter” on this story was Religion Salie, who introduced within the center that she had been an everyday panelist for 12 years now on the snarky liberal NPR sport present/present occasions quiz Wait! Wait! Don’t Inform Me! The notion of a battle of curiosity means nothing to CBS.

In  2017, Salie wrote an indignant article for the radical-feminist web site Jezebel about battling Invoice O’Reilly on Fox Information: “Our nation so condones the hatred and denigration of girls that we’ve voted it into the best workplace within the land (with a serving to, bushy hand from Fox Information).” Don’t ask Salie if she ever voted for a Clinton. Nina Totenberg didn’t care about Invoice’s intercourse life.

Salie started by touting “60 million weekly followers,” after which let NPR founder Invoice Siemering insist it’s “not about rankings.” I’m certain they by no means give potential underwriters a sheet of what number of listeners they’ll be reaching.  

Then Salie buried the notion that taxpayer cash was concerned: “Most of NPR’s funding comes from company sponsors and from unbiased public radio stations across the nation that purchase its programming.” That’s only a lie.  Public radio stations usually purchase NPR programming with “group service grants” from the taxpayer-funded Company for Public Broadcasting.

The one crucial notice got here when TV critic Eric Deggans was requested if blacks listened to NPR, and he mentioned “No. I feel black of us, we’ve got a extremely developed sense of when our tradition is included in programming. NPR just isn’t that.” We’re advised NPR’s viewers is 81 p.c white.

However they’re making an attempt to repair this with podcasts like “Code Change,” which simply touted how two associates in Vermont requested white folks to provide cash on to their black neighbors – a “DIY, hyperlocal reparations program, of types.” The hosts confessed they’re “obsessive about reparations….candy, scrumptious reparations.”

On this spirit, I wish to ask for a refund. I’ve been paying taxes for greater than 40 years, and I would really like my involuntary donations to NPR returned to me. CBS can serve up one-sided tales on their very own dime. However NPR is taking my dimes and both excluding or eviscerating my conservative viewpoint. Sufficient is sufficient.