Wednesday, February 04, 2009

NPR Watch: The question of the day.Why aren't cartoonists skewering Obama?

Yes, believe it or not, this is a real piece of political analysis from NPR: "Why it's hard to poke fun at Obama."


My response to the piece:

My problem with this story is this bit: "Most pen-and-inksters do not seem to be skewering President Barack Obama in the wicked ways they skewered former President George W. Bush.
Why is that?"

It's like day 16 of Obama's presidency, is this really an issue?

'Why isn't everybody piling on already?????' Gosh, he hasn't got us into a pointless war or ordered torture or lost an American city yet, why isn't he getting the same treatment from those liberal cartoonists!

You can just hear the stirrings of a long somnolent NPR sharpening up its knives to get after this guy.

'Get the GOP Rolodex out, what are the powerless House minorities' latest talking points? Get every obscure GOP House member behind a mike and find that Weakly Standard guy who just got fired from the NYT, what's his name? Oh right, William Kristal! Our listeners really want to hear what he has to say! ---- End

WTF? Seriously, what was the point of that piece?

Here's an interesting study by from 2004 on NPR's 'Liberal bias."

" . . . Little evidence has ever been presented for a left bias at NPR , and FAIR’s latest study gives it no support. Looking at partisan sources—including government officials, party officials, campaign workers and consultants—Republicans outnumbered Democrats by more than 3 to 2 (61 percent to 38 percent). A majority of Republican sources when the GOP controls the White House and Congress may not be surprising, but Republicans held a similar though slightly smaller edge (57 percent to 42 percent) in 1993, when Clinton was president and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. And a lively race for the Democratic presidential nomination was beginning to heat up at the time of the 2003 study . . .

Republicans not only had a substantial partisan edge, individual Republicans were NPR ’s most popular sources overall, taking the top seven spots in frequency of appearance. George Bush led all sources for the month with 36 appearances, followed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (8) and Sen. Pat Roberts (6). Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Secretary of State Colin Powell, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Iraq proconsul Paul Bremer all tied with five appearances each."

Will the last Democrat to be heard on NPR, please bring the flag

And the beat goes on. Just listen to ATC every day and it won't take long to figure out it's just an endless parade of GOP hacks, GOP members of congress (who are, btw, way out of power) and such neocon luminaries as John Fund, Jonah Gold and Douglas Feith. The one saving grace is they've stopped having the Nation's David Corn on as the token liberal. That used to be so embarrassing.


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