……that’s progress, I guess.
NPR President Vivian Schiller makes that case that NPR listeners are “smarter” than the general rabble, ie you and me. They are more cerebral, more erudite, more dare I say elite. They understand the nuances that led to the firing of Juan Williams. They understand the ebb and flow of business and politics. They understand that progressivism is here to help us, to take away our stress, to lighten the burdens in our lives (and wallets), to make everything fair (if someone has to work twice as hard so someone else can sit on their fat butts and watch Jerry Springer, so what?) and bring secular humanism to our schools and close our churches (the opiate of the masses remember) so that we will be free to look at rainbows and feed our unicorns.
In reality those who still listen to NPR are barely clinging to relevancy. Let us take for her example of the “intelligence” of commenters to the NPR story about the “Balloon Boy”.
“Twenty-foot diameter, 4-feet-tall would get you about 77 pounds of lift at sea-level, not including the weight of the equipment,” Schiller quoted from the site. “Average 6-year-old is 45 pounds, average weight of equipment would be 32 pounds, which might have been reasonable if there was very thin Mylar.”
Pardon me but doesn’t it seem that this commenter has missed the point. The focus of most people was the safety of the child and while you could stand around and discuss endlessly whether the child was capable of doing what it seemed he had, until you actually DO something -for example, find the child or the balloon- it’s kind of academic.
And there my friends and readers is the rub. One can stand aside from life and observe. You can watch and make judgements, you can postulate and posture. In the end you change nothing. It is the doers that put the plan in action, who find the bugs in the system and fix them or go around them or who create an even better one. Without the worker bees the Queen, no matter how “smart” will die. The more corpulent, ponderous and gargantuan the Queen is, the quicker she’ll assume room temperature. She becomes an ex-queen. Such is the case in every large corporation and such is the case at NPR. The more biased, the more radical, the more left of center they become, the more people like me will leave them.
I used to listen to NPR because I love classical music and hate the commercials for “gentlemen’s clubs” “erectile disfunction” and “used cars” on most rock stations. There are talk shows that I listen to but when the start screeching I turn them off. Now I listen to very little in the car or plug in my I Pod. While I miss “A Prairie Home Companion”, Thistle and Shamrock” and “Car Talk” I do not miss Terry Gross, Nina Tottenberg or the rest of the political hacks and pseudo-journalists that are employed by NPR. So I guess she’s somewhat right. Some NPR listeners are smarter, like me they don’t listen to it anymore.
Next time the argument about NPR vs Fox comes up remember this. Fox regularly seeks opinions from those on opposite sides of issues, NPR regularly abuses, derided and defames those who disagree with its viewpoint.
Just ask Juan Williams………..I’m sure he’d be delighted to tell you.