"senior" factotum on NPR. Quoth DougJ: I’m not giving those fuckers a dime until they can Juan Williams. I suggest you all follow my example. I realize that this lapses into boycott territory, but honestly,(the MONEY QUOTE:) why should anyone pay for what we can get for free on Fox?Well you can do as I do and listen in merely for the headline/summaries, and listen to music the rest of the time. Bloggers, libs in particular, have no reason other than entropy to listen to NPR. Who remembers when Michael Harrington had a weekly segment (iirc, on Fridays?). Harrington was the president of the Social Democrats (Democratic Socialists) of America, a prolific author on poverty and injustice, and an occasional candidate for office. There is no equivalent voice on NPR at ANYTIME today.
Juan Williams is a deplorable hack. He gladly carries water for the racist pigs at Fox. I suppose he's well-paid for it. But it gnaws at me that when he is introduced on NPR, his other (obvioulsy superior) loyalty --and the inherent conflict of interest involved--never gets a word! You'll NEVER hear the words Fox News/Entertainment spoken by any NPR host.
I wish there were a way to contribute to the local station's local/community orientation without also funding NPR. But the funds are fungible. The local contract stipulates so. But since there isn't any alternative, I don't contribute.
If you are a critic of NPR, allow me to direct you to the NPRCheck blog.