March 9, 2008

IF I'M NOT SAFE IN MY VOLVO BUBBLE WHERE AM I SAFE!?!:

NPR listeners rankled by segments on right (Jennifer Harper, March 9, 2008 , Washington Times)

"Conversations with Conservatives" was heard during morning-drive time with host Steve Inskeep and a conservative of the day with much on his mind.

The roster consisted of the Rev. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform; talk-radio host Glenn Beck; and David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Each man had his own focus — Mr. Land addressed the status of evangelical voters; Mr. Norquist the spectrum of fiscal policies that most appealed to Republican voters; Mr. Beck with ideas about conservative core values; and Mr. Keene on challenges faced by Sen. John McCain, saying the Arizona Republican must prove to the conservative base that he is, indeed, a conservative.

NPR listeners — there are 13 million a week — were not especially pleased in the aftermath of the broadcast segments, which lasted about seven minutes each.

According to NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard, more than 60 angry e-mails and phone calls arrived at the network, calling the programming "shameful" and a "lovefest with radical, right-wing nuts." There were only a few, she said, that praised the series as "refreshing" and "articulate," among other things.


There's no room in multiculturalism for differing opinions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2008 9:22 AM
Comments

Especially when they are paying their hard-earned tax dollars (and ours) for their propoganda.

Posted by: Andrew X at March 9, 2008 9:58 AM

Wow, could Morning Edition actually become worth listening to?
Yeah, right!

Posted by: Bryan at March 9, 2008 10:32 AM

That listening to conservative idealogy angers them is in stark contrast to the welcoming leftie's generally get when invited to hawk their wares on a right wing media outlet.

If most people acutally knew what leftist think and want, there would be far fewer of them.

Posted by: Perry at March 9, 2008 11:11 AM

As many NPR news listeners self-identify as conservative or very conservative as liberal or very liberal.

Of course, if they're judging themselves based upon what they hear on NPR, they figure that they're conservative because they think that high school students should be asked to consider not having sex until their Junior year and very conservative because they're not sure that an immediate pull-out from Iraq would be an unalloyed good.

Posted by: Ibid at March 9, 2008 11:30 AM

As Wm. F. Buckley once said, "Liberals say they want to hear opposing views, and then are shocked and angered to learn that there are opposing views."

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 9, 2008 6:07 PM
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