2020 Jun 23, 8:12am
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When the Public Broadcasting Act was signed into law in 1967, the stated goal was to provide public financial assistance to producers and broadcasters of educational programming. And so PBS and NPR came into existence. They enjoy public funding from taxpayers today. But should taxpayers continue to fund these enterprises, when they clearly focus less on educating the public, and more on pushing commentary and opinion, and now, even libel? ...This weekend NPR published a story on their website by journalist Hannah Allam. The tweet to the story, declared that ‘right-wing extremists are turning cars into weapons, with reports of at least 50 vehicle-ramming incidents since protests erupted nationwide in late May.’ The image accompanying the tweet was a photo of a vehicle surrounded by protesters, suggesting that the driver was plowing through them as they stood in the street. That is not what happened.The photograph was of a driver from Louisville, Kentucky and an as yet identified black woman, who found herself fleeing after assailants blocked her car. One attacker pulled a gun. ... But none of this mattered to NPR. The driver was described as a right-wing extremist, targeting peaceful protesters.The NPR piece did not take into account the threat to life drivers find themselves in when surrounded by rioters (the name Reginald Denny should ring a bell to any driver who finds themselves in these situations). Instead it classifies such incidents as right-wing extremist attacks. This is not journalism. It certainly should not be funded by the public. It serves no educational purpose. It’s time for courageous politicians to stand up and demand the elimination of NPR’s public funding.
What to do then with right wing mouthpieces that are not neutral ?What is the solution to achieve political neutrality in the media ?
Too bad not enough people feel that way about the Nation Building exercises we get involved in along with many other things our taxes are used for.
What to do then with right wing mouthpieces that are not neutral ?
Still not playing the duck's game
Term limits, campaign contribution limits or publicly funded elections would be a nice start to end the langiappe on both sides of the aisle.
Then try and get everyone to agree what constitutes Journalism vs. Anti-Journalism. Not sure anyone will ever live to see that any many other situations resolved to an amicable end.
this point seem to be lost no matter how many times I have stated as much but try some more if you must.
whether our government should fund propaganda.
What to do then with right wing mouthpieces that are not neutral ?TAKE AWAY THEIR PUBLIC FUNDING! Oh wait...