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I’m starting to like NPR

by Greg Krehbiel on 11 May 2017

The more “news” I see and hear — especially the raving lunacy on Facebook (from both sides) — the more I’m starting to like NPR.

They’re still very biased. Not necessarily in the way they cover any individual story, or in the way they interview people, but definitely in the stories they choose to cover and the people they choose to interview.

They still have a kind of cocky, contemptuous, snobby, superior attitude that I find very annoying.

They still miss a lot that you would only hear on conservative radio.

But the conservative shows seem to compete for how obnoxious and idiotic they can sound, and I tire of the “straight news” programs. (Locally, that would be WTOP.)

I want more analysis and commentary. NPR has a good mix of the two without sounding like screaming Yahoos.

2017-05-11  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 4

  1. pentamom
    11 May 2017 @ 1:24 pm

    That’s why I have always liked it, though I’ve also disliked it for the reasons you give for disliking it. That, and because while there’s stuff you don’t hear on NPR because it’s favorable to the right, there’s a lot of stuff you don’t readily hear otherwise because it’s not about American politics or pop culture, that you do hear on NPR.

    It’s still amusingly selective though. I commented to my husband last week how interesting it was how important French presidential politics had suddenly become to NPR — they did a story a day on each of their major news programs for at least a week leading up to the election. Prior to that, France was a place somewhere that sometimes had an election and they’d maybe do a story on the candidates once before the election, and then report on the result afterward.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    11 May 2017 @ 1:27 pm

    Right. All of a sudden France was important because the left was afraid they were going to have another meltdown over Le Pen.

    The other thing that gets me about NPR is how they always take a weird left-ish take on any story. Like, “Here’s a story about Agent Orange and how it affects the LGBT community.”

  3. RR
    11 May 2017 @ 9:06 pm

    I love NPR and listen to it regularly on my commute to and from work. I enjoy hearing interesting stories that I probably wouldn’t hear elsewhere. It is also nice that they don’t yell at each other or come across as angry in general. I’ve hear some conservative talk radio driving around at times. It’s pretty bad. Sean Hannity is probably the worst. And he has an annoying voice to boot.

    That said, I agree with your criticism of NPR. The worst on NPR is Terry Gross. I usually change the channel if she is on because she seems obsessed with LGBT stuff and comes across as pretty sanctimonious about it. Still, on balance NPR is good. Far better than the cable news.

  4. Greg Krehbiel GregK
    12 May 2017 @ 6:30 am

    Sanctimonious. That’s a good word for a lot of what I hear on NPR. But … It’s nothing compared to Sean Hannity.