Monday, May 9, 2011

NPR's everyday bias

NPR interviews Cokie Roberts every Monday morning on the news of the week.   Although she is touted as an unbiased observer, every Monday she tilts her views in favor of Democrats and against Republicans.  Today was no exception.  For example, she indicated that George W. Bush, unlike Obama, had a reputation for "shooting from the hip".  Of course, there is zero evidence to support that contention.  It is the kind of cheap shot that NPR and other liberal media love to repeat, even 2 1/2 years after Pres. Bush has left office.   Then she said that the Republicans are in trouble because when they went home their constituents expressed unhappiness at their proposed budget.  Not true, but another liberal talking point.  For example, Paul Ryan's town halls were hugely successful despite the occasional efforts by Wisconsin unions to disrupt them.  Of course the liberal press highlighted the union disruptions, and Cokie apparently did not investigate further than reading the New York Times.

And finally, President Obama was quoted as saying anyone who questioned whether Bin Laden "deserved what he got needs to have his head examined".  Wow.  George Bush had said he wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive", and we never heard the end of that quote as proof that Pres Bush was a cowboy.   But neither Cokie nor the interviewer commented on Obama's comment.   Obama's incredible arrogance is never commented on by NPR.

The next story was a deferential  interview with  (we heard twice) a "Nobel Prize winning" economist Joseph Stiglitz.  Stiglitz made all the liberal talking points:  he called people who want to reduce government spending  "mindless" three times;  and he said they were driven by "ideology".  His position on the deficit---he thinks we need to spend much more---was "intelligent".  And he said those who want to reduce government spending don't want to "tax billionaires a little more"--a cheap political shot at those who believe raising taxes will hurt our economy.  He also took yet another cheap shot at Pres. Bush, saying that an example of spending for infrastructure that should have been done was the levees in New Orleans.  Never mind that Pres. Bush had nothing to do with the fact the levees had not been sufficiently reinforced, and there was plenty of infrastructure spending during the Bush administration.   It is part of the liberal mantra that is repeated over and over.   The interviewer concluded his interview by saying Stiglitz sounded like he believed the people who wanted to reduce the deficit  were "short sighted rich people", and the Stiglitz  agreed.  The NPR interviewer never asked one hard question of Stiglitz because Stiglitz's views are the same as the world view of NPR:  conservatives are stupid and driven by ideology.  Never mind that Paul Ryan's budget is an thoughtful intelligent, courageous proposal.  One may disagree with Ryan's approach, but it is certainly not "mindless".  Moreover, Stiglitz is the ideologue.  Stiglitz said the role of government is to make society more "equal", a radical ideology that will reduce our standard of living and curb  our freedom.  Yet the NPR interviewer never commented on such radicalism, or questioned any of Stiglitz' overtly partisan comments. 

This morning is typical of  NPR's everyday bias.  

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