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Thread #64270   Message #1051804
Posted By: Don Firth
11-Nov-03 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: BS: NPR: You want fries with that pledge?
Subject: RE: BS: NPR: You want fries with that pledge?
Well, I can't speak for NPR affiliates all over the country, but KUOW-FM, Seattle's local affiliate, is an excellent source of news and information. I wake up to "Morning Edition," and in the late afternoons I listen to "All Things Considered." Stories are presented with a reasonable amount of depth, with enough information given to allow one to get on the internet and check it further if one wishes. Discussions and features are far more informative than anything I might pick up on the evening news on television, which deals mostly with sound-bites and brief film clips, rarely going into anything in any kind of depth (to them, occupying a whole six minutes between commercial breaks with one story is an "in depth report"). KUOW's local news features are excellent also. Hour-long features covering a whole variety of topics, local, national, and international, and regular hour long discussions with the mayor, the governor, and other local officials, with an opportunity for people to call in and ask some tough questions.

Although people of the more conservative persuasion complain (often without listening to it very much) that NPR is liberally biased (after all, it's public radio!), I find that it is just about the most "fair and balanced" media news available. They invite both sides of an issue to present their viewpoints, and if it's just the liberal side that chooses to participated, the interviewer often plays "devil's advocate"—to the extent that some of the more hard-charging liberals complain that the interviewer is showing a conservative bias. I've listened to some of these interviewers for years, and in most cases, I find it difficult to figure out what their personal viewpoint is. I would say that the charge that NPR is "liberally biased" is because it often reports stories and presents issues that those of the conservative persuasion would rather they not report at all.

And the KUOW staff expressed their gratitude for Mrs. Kroc's bequest a few times after the initial announcement, but the last couple of days, nothing. No "crowing." Mrs. Kroc could have left her $200 million to a home for indigent cats if she had wished to, but she apparently listened to NPR with the same appreciation that I do, and she chose to express that appreciation in the manner that she did. I salute her.

Don Firth