We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
NPR is to the left what Rush is to the right -- a reliable radio station espousing one's point of view. Therefore, it's appropriate as performance-art that NPR is supported by taxpayer funds. Gosh, I hope this ends that farce! Air America couldn't make it and neither will NPR.
By the way, I listen to them a lot at night, when they run the BBC, and it helps overcome my insomnia, and I have no hesitation about not giving them a single penny.
I can remember the dear dead days when PBS offered more than a single leftist viewpoint. Bill Buckley's The Firing Line was a breath of fresh air [loved that man for his calmness in the face of outrageousness]. I'm no advocate of Juan Williams in general, since he is a tiresome advocate of political correctness, and not as bright as he thinks he is, but I think this was a really stupid move on the part of PBS. On the other hand, I don't think Fox News will fire him any time soon, and his firing by PBS is going to pi$$ off the black intellectuals.
Frum and Brooks will no doubt be next because they appear on PBS as the "sane voice" of moderation. Oh, I admit I was there for one broadcast, met the crew and creatures. Nice people. To quote Nino Culotta, that interesting young lady who ran the broadcast in print to the second was, "a slashing line"! Beautiful and smart. Maybe 20. Master's Degree. Awesome. I thought she was an intern until we were ushered out of the Lehrer Hour at the end and went to dinner.
Lehrer Hour is the last remaining moments of publicly funded tv/radio that can embrace a 'moderate' view. It was too little for me even after McNeil retired and I stopped watching in 2000 even before I got engaged and married to a Republican.
fired Juan for failure to toe the party line.....who'd of thought?
I know with age, I transformed from a wild-eyed lefty to a moderate conservative, but I'll be damned if NPR hasn't gone hard left over the past 20 years or so. Did it used to be listenable, did I just mature, or is it a combination of both?
I listened to NPR out of habit during the daily commute despite being disgusted with the commentary, reporting, and general snotty attitude. After coming home and kicking the dog nightly for the last 6 years or so, I finally followed my wife's advice and just turned it off. Far less stress.
I stopped listening to NPR news some years ago when I was still in the neutral camp, formerly of the liberal camp, and got a dislike for the decidedly non-neutral, sneering "we are superior to the yahoos" tone of many of its announcers.
Regarding Buckley's Firing Line, I recall the time I watched one of his guests who sounded familiar, and when his name was announced at the end of the show, realized he was from my home town.
Buckley...really miss him. It's not only what he said, it's how he said it. And that sly little curve of his smile (or was it a smirk) when he knew he "gotcha" one. I used to think my spouse was buried in the paper and not listening, then I'd hear a cackle and knew...absorbing every lovely second.
Didn't always agree with Juan Williams but respect him highly. He was always good on Hannity. Muslims in 'arab' garb are entertaining but make me slightly nervous as well only because the people around them start acting 'nervous'.
Muslims wear Arab garb and those beanies deliberately, partly to make those of us who are Westerners nervous enough to become aggressive toward them. Then they have an excuse to behave even more aggressively in return. Many of us Americans are either more or less nervous about flying in the first place. Their "native garb" and mutterings in Arabic are designed to make us even more nervous.
I've solved the problem for myself by not flying anywhere anymore. If I can't get there by ground travel, then I won't get there. I think that if these restrictive and increasingly ridiculous "safety measures" instituted by the foolish badly run TSA continue, they will eventually kill off commercial air travel as we know it. Business executives who find it necessary to travel great distances often, will more and more buy time shares on Gulfstreams and Lear Jets for themselves and their major executives. And another big segment of our free enterprise system will have been killed off by this officious and ill-run Administration.