Monday, May 04, 2009

Dung Beetles: What NPR Does Well

Under piles of manure lies the beetle world of sex and violence. University of Montana professor Douglas Emlen is an expert on the dung beetle, and he's particularly interested in insect weaponry. Listen here after 3pm est, may 1.

I even left a laudatory comment, so I shouldn't be thought an incessant, insatiable, carping critic, in which I applauded the show for being interesting, informative, entertaining, and challenging, which kind of programming they used to do a lot more of.

My incessant carping? Like this. THis is the text of a recent message to the NPR Ommbuds-one:
Message #: 5607-8720891
Date Created: 5/1/2009 12:40 PM EDT
Subject: Identifying Commentators
Body: I noticed this morning that when ME introduced movie critic Kenneth Horan, the announcer mentioned that Horan also writes for the LA Times.

So why, when Juan Williams is introduced as an NPR "senior correspondent", do his introductions NOT mention the gallons of murky water he carries for the GOP on Fox News? Surely, there's no possibility to claim Fox is anything but the private-property propaganda arm of the GOP, is there?

Seriously. Why not note that Williams is a notorious hack for Rupert Murdoch's empire? Do you think it irrelevant? Incidental? How much, comparatively, does Williams earn from NPR versus from Fox?

And, yes, I am pretty sure most NPR listeners know of Williams' connection to Fox. But why hide it, disguise it, camouflage it? Aren't you proud of his other media contributions, too?
Obviously, this couldn't be answered honestly, as today's reply demonstrates:
Dear John,

Thank you for contacting NPR.

We regret if our programming has not met your expectations. We strive to offer the highest quality of news and information available. Listener feedback helps us to accomplish this goal.

We welcome both criticism and praise, and your thoughts will be taken into consideration.

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Yup. Just another crank, that's me. I wish I could persuade one of the two local "public" radio stations to disaffiliate from NPR.


charley said...

that's a big fuck you to you buddy.

i remember when the learning channel (TLC) used to have really informative science. primetime primates being my fav.

then they went all into how to make your house look stupid for next to no money.

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

who pissed in your cheerios, pardner?

charley said...

probably my bad grammar.

what i meant was, that's what NPR said to you.

which was wrong, because you're right.

...and your thoughts will be taken into consideration.