NPR - unbiased?

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  1. BF2K

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    I know I'll get "rants and raves" for this post... but can anyone actually believe that NPR was or is unbiased in their reporting and thereby deserve federal funding?
     
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    Yes, compared to entities such as FOX, NPR is remarkably balanced and unbiased. If you've ever paid attention to their broadcasts, they always have two opposing views on their major news wire items. They may not have the conservative or liberal on at the same time, but they still follow the equal time rule, letting a liberal with an opposing view have as much time as a conservative. However, you have to "listen." They may have a conservative guest and conservative discussion on an economic issue one evening. Then they'll announce who the liberal guest will be for the following evening. Obviously, if you are unaware of this: 1. you don't listen to PBS or 2. you do not know how to listen.

    I'm rather fond of Science Fridays when they'll have one physicist speculate about the goings on inside of a cosmic black hole go head to head with another physicist who has a wildly differing opinion counter the first speaker.
     
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    Who knew being perceived as "unbiased" to people who obviously are biased was a requirement for federal funding? :rolleyes:

    Bottom line... this and the attack on Unions is a slimy political tactic to shut down media sources and funding that would usually benefit liberals. It has nothing to do with the budget or trying to trim down the deficit.
     
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    somehow I knew Vinylboy would chime in. Government support for biased media is called "Propaganda" dude.!!!
     
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    Somehow I knew you would return to the board and produce a blindly partisan thread.

    As MLB already stated, NPR provides a stage where both the Liberal and the Conservative viewpoints are expressed. You obviously don't know what the hell you're talking about.
     
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    Fox is a commercial entity midlifebear, if people don't want to listen to it they don't have to. Making all of us pay for socialist shit through taxes is NOT freedom of the airwaves.
     
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    so give me examples of the "conservative" point of view expressed by NPR Vinylboy!!! Facts, not just fiction.
     
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    And you should know I come to a battle with my sources ready to go... unlike yourself. - NPR - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A 2005 study conducted by researchers at UCLA and the University of Missouri found Morning Edition to be more liberal than the average U.S. Republican and more conservative than the average U.S. Democrat. At the time Morning Edition was comparable to the The Washington Post, the CBS Morning Show, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a progressive media watchdog group, disputes the claim of a liberal bias.

    A December 2005 column run by NPR ombudsman and former Vice President Jeffrey Dvorkin denied allegations by some listeners that NPR relies heavily on conservative think-tanks. In his column, Dvorkin listed the number of times NPR had cited experts from conservative and liberal think tanks in the previous year as evidence. The totals were 239 for conservative think tanks, and 141 for liberal ones. He noted that while the number of times liberal think tanks were cited was less, in addition to think tanks the liberal point of view is commonly provided by academics.



    So how is it that a radio network can be blamed for having BOTH a liberal and a conservative bias? The answer is simple... because NPR provides a stage for both views to be heard. That's a fact and your opinion does not change that. Perhaps if you actually listened to the station once in a while instead of just watching Fox News, you would know this?
     
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    Your boat has been sunk, BF2K.
    Any statement you make going forward that does not acknowledge this will be laughed at.
     
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    I'm well aware what NPR is, that's why it's called "National Public Radio." So how's a person with your political views succeeding south east of Paris, although you won't say how far? You must be grinding your teeth down to little nubbins living in such a "Godless Socialist Country."

    However, as difficult as it will to be for both NPR and PBS to continue serving the citizens of the United States of 'Mericuh, they'll both be able to count on my considerable monetary donations to each. You see, I'm one of those who knows what their real operating costs are, which cannot be remotely covered by what endowment the Federal Government may cough of. I've been supporting your right to listen to NPR and watch programs, such as The American Civil War on PBS, ever since I gave my $365 a year to each when I made it out of graduate school and began paying off my one and only student loan. I've been spreading my modest wealth in chunks of at least $1,000 since I quite being an employee of Everyone's Favorite Software Company and having cashed in all those stock options. Gosh. That was a few decades ago.

    Can you count back before 1971 without using your fingers?
     
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    so was one "Schiller" fired and the other "Schiller" forced to resign because they were too "unbiased"?
     
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    One incident involving one person overwrites extensive research that shows the network as a whole provides voices for both sides? One questionable "bad apple" ruins the entire bunch? You're a joke. LOL!!!!
     
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    You've changed the subject.

    Here, the OP broaches the subject:

    Do you notice?
    It's about reporting.
    Not about the political beliefs that certain executives on NPR have held.
     
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    Just another liberal outlet. Bias, they invented it.
     
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    Oh look... another person who ignores the studies and the evidence. By all means, don't let actual research impede your ability to share with us your flawed and thoroughly debunked opinion. We would much rather listen to you rant and rave about how the "libs" destroyed your America. :rolleyes:
     
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    Not to mention these idiots haven't heard about the sting or maybe they have and just choose to ignore it which is worse. Oh yeah then there was the Juan Williams debacle. Unbiased please....., just as long as it suits their agaenda.
     
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    And the trifecta of blind, partisan ignorance among our teahading members, despite the existence of glaring evidence, is now complete. :rolleyes:
     
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    Actual research. who's yours.
     
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    Sometimes it actually pays to review previous posts in a thread before opening your mouth to prevent further embarrassments. But I'll be generous here and give you a link where I sourced two studies that accused NPR of having both a Liberal and Conservative bias. - http://www.lpsg.org/236917-npr-unbiased.html#post3353771

    But by all means, if you think your intentionally misspelled words and lack of using proper punctuation means more to this discussion than research conducted at UCLA & the University of Missouri then please kindly explain yourself. However do keep in mind that the general consensus on LPSG, especially in the Politics section, tend not to be kind to acts of deliberate idiocy.
     
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    For one, the so-called "sting" was carried out by the same James E. OKeefe III whose conservative agenda targets liberal groups, politicians, and causes, who claimed to have uncovered Acorn wrongdoings in another scam...

    ...and who was later arrested (and should've done time) for felony charges of breaking into the federal offices of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and attempting to wiretap her phones. (He only got a fine and a three year probation because CERTAIN people can do this shit and get away with it..."oh, those are just pranks (chuckle)" while CERTAIN OTHER people get locked the fuck up... if you get my drift.)

    Second, the hoax's primary goal was/is to lay groundwork for the GOP/Tea Party's plan of undermining and removing funding for public broadcasting (something I mentioned here a week or so ago in another post). They want to do this for the same reason they want to eliminate employee representation by unions and collective bargaining from America. Because it benefits the average Joe, and because unions support the (Democratic) Party which is more responsive to the needs of their constituency/
    membership.

    Mind you, In the conservative mind, ANY ideology that is NOT exactly as they see it is liberal ideology. So any government funded broadcasting of any message but THEIR OWN is contrary to their agenda, because you can't establish totalitarian rule (in the guise of a democracy) if people are going around saying anti conservative things or if organized groups (like unions) put their support behind the opposition, can you?

    As for Schiller's resignation, he did what he had to as a representative of a publicly funded institution to distance NPR from his personal observations... not that any of what he said (that the Tea Party consists of racist elements) was untrue. Fact is, it does and has openly courted bigoted and racist ideology.

    Why the fuck would anyone pretend to be surprised by the statement is beyond me. But expect the Repuglies to milk it for all it's worth.
     
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