Well, well, well. The issue brings some interesting points of view to the surface, doesn't it. I don't know just what listening to BE on ME means in the Grand Scheme of Things. I doubt discussing it from one "position" or another should be considered a litmus test for political awareness (or corectness).
I believe that all news sources should be viewed with suspicion as to their veracity. If you care to know what is truly going on in the world, a variety of news sources is essential to understanding. The most important aspect of achieving awareness of the meaning of events in our culture is THINKING critically about those events. Listening to NPR alone is no better a tool for that thinking than only reading the supermarket tabloids or listening solely to Rush Limbaugh. Every product of our information infrastructure needs to be examined and with the proverbial grain of salt.
NPR's treatment of Bob Edwards is indicative of the attitudes of news producers throughout the US. What the NPR or CBS corporate flunkies feel is important is limited to audience ratings and the executive's tenure.
Edwards was removed. No one wants to tell "us" why. It pisses me off.
So called public broadcasting is the pampered darling of a limited number of people. Contributers and supporters whose big donations command big demonstration's of gratitude. My assumption (speaking of making assumptions) is Edwards pissed one of those contributers/supporters off.
Best news source I have ever come across is The Anderson Valley Advertiser. Seek it out.
In the meantime I feel we must insist that NPR explain itself.