Injustice at NPR

With reference to NPR’s David Welna (see the previous post), to paraphrase a quote attributed to Mark Twain:

It’s better to remain silent and be thought to be economically challenged, than to speak and remove all doubt.

(The original quote has “a fool” in place of economically challenged, but that’s too harsh.)

That’s what happens when straight news reporters wander into the realm of political & economic commentary. They confirm our suspicions that they’re as leftist (which is synonymous with economic illiteracy) as they come.

And that brings up another quote by Thomas Jefferson:

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

It truly is unjust to compel right-leaning taxpayers to furnish funds for the propagation of the unbalanced left-leaning ideas featured on NPR. Straight news reporting is deceptively subjective. The reporter and/or editor has wide discretion over the topics he or she chooses to feature, and whom he or she chooses to interview on those topics. I’m confident that an analysis would show that NPR overwhelmingly chooses left-leaning topics, left-leaning interviewees, and quotes from left-leaning people.

If NPR were funded from purely private sources, then that would be totally fine. But because it receives funds from taxpayers, and therefore from coerced funds from people who lean right, the decision-makers at NPR and PBS should feel morally compelled to hire half left-leaning and half right-leaning reporters and editors. If moral suasion doesn’t work – and it won’t because if it did they’d already be doing it – then there should be a regulation compelling them to do so (yes, some regulations are good!). Either that, or forgo the taxpayer funds.

Not to take either of those actions is sinful and tyrannical.



Pretty Much Just Angry White Folks at Leftie Protests, Too

I’m not a comic book reader but the latest news is that a recent Captain America comic book removed “tea bag” in reference to a tea party protest depicted in the comic. But it left in “angry white folks” to describe the protesters.

While it’s true that tea party protests are probably disproportionately made up of white folks, that’s also true of leftie protests. During the Bush years if you went to an Iraq war-related protest or an anti-globalization protest, you were met with a sea of angry white folks as well. Very few blacks, Hispanics or Asian-Americans.

Whaddaya bet that the Captain America comic book never wrote about angry white folks in relation to a leftie protest?

I’ll wager $100. Now.

Meantime, regarding “tea bag” I still don’t know what exactly that means and don’t want to find out. I guess that’s something that pretty much mainly lefties know the meaning of, given that they use the term so much (even National Public Radio does!) and that they’re the main drivers of the sexualization of American culture.